Launches / Boats

Launches/Race Committee Boat

In 1971 the club puchased its first launch for the new site, a new six-passenger black Del Quay double-ender, made in England, with a one-cylinder Sabb (not Saab) diesel engine with reversible pitch propeller. In honor of the long-time secretary/treasurer of the club during its dormant years, the launch was named the Milo C Reynolds, popularly called the Milo. In 1982 Shell Rieley and Bob Schumacher replaced the engine with another Sabb like the original.

In 1983 the club purchased its second launch, a new nine-passenger Quahaug made in Molly's Cove Boat Works, Mattapoisett MA, which by popular choice was named the Nautilus in recognition of the imaginative creations of Jules Verne and Hiram Rickover. [Although not part of the reason for the launch name, it is notable that five of the first seven Ladies Cup Regattas (1888-1894) were won by Nautilus, a Burgess 53 owned by Horatio Hickock.]

In 2005 the club purchased a 1989 Albin 27 Express for use as the club's first race committee boat. In honor of John M Dinse, the person most responsible for the rejuvenation of the club in 1959-62, and who created the first Wednesday-night racing program, the boat was named the J Dinse.

None of these boats are available for general member use, and are to be driven only by authorized members or staff.


The club owns a rigid-bottom inflatable that is the primary instructors' boat for the Junior Sailing Program. The club also has a multi-purpose Boston Whaler that is used as a mark-setting boat by the Race Committee and as an auxiliary instructors' boat for the JSP. Neither of these boats are available for general member use, and are to be driven only by authorized members or staff.


The club maintains three rowing dinghies that are for limited general member use. Please see club Rules for use limitations and restrictions.

Instructional Sailboats

The club owns a fleet of Flying Juniors and Optimus Dinghies that are primarily for instructional use by the Junior Sailing Program. When not being used by the JSP these boats may be used by adult members and their qualified children, but only after approval and possible check-out by an appropriate club official. Please see club Rules for use limitations and restrictions. Contact the Board member in charge of the JSP or the Boats Chair for more information.

Launch & Boat Rules see Rules.

Information Contact the Boats Chair.


LCYC is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Click here if you are interested in joining LCYC!

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer season. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Lake Champlain Yacht Club has an active junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period each summer. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We also typically have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and we travel to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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