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Welcome to the Harlem Yacht Club

Regular Launch Service Resumes April 20

Regular launch service resumes April 20, and with it comes the Club's spring boat-launching season. From April 20 through May 18 (the weekend of the Going into Commission Dinner) the hours are 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Hours on two Wednesdays, May 8 and 15, will be extended to accommodate Fleet 61 racers. For more information, please see the notices on our Launch and Marine page.

2019 Club Open Houses

Harlem Yacht Club is hosting three open houses in 2019:

  • Saturday, February 23 (1:00 - 5:00pm)
  • Sunday, March 24 (1:00 - 5:00pm)
  • Saturday, April 27 (1:00 - 5:00pm)

If you want to learn to sail, we can help you with that.  HYC is affiliated with ASA-certified SOUL Sailing.  There's more information on our Learn to Sail page.

Stop by for a chance see first-hand what the HYC can offer you.  Can't make those dates?  No problem.  Contact,  or call our office at 718-885-3078, to arrange for a visit on another day.

About the Club

Watercolor painting of HYC clubhouse and waterfront by local artist Mark Whitecombe The Harlem Yacht Club, founded in 1883, is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the United States. With a full complement of activities for both boating and social members, HYC has something to offer everyone.

From our location at the western end of Long Island Sound, we have access to the best cruising in the region. You could spend a lifetime exploring the hundreds of harbors and anchorages within the protected perimeter of the Sound. For a longer trip, head out to Block Island, the Vineyard, Nantucket, and the New England coast.  In the other direction, it's just a short hop to New York Harbor from where you can explore the Hudson Valley or reach the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  We maintain reciprocal relationships with many clubs around the country, so wherever you go, you'll find a warm welcome and a home away from home.

For racers, we offer events to match any experience level. A full schedule of club races, participation in the local EBYRA handicap events, and an active J/24 one-design fleet. For those who don't sail, we even offer cardboard boat races (where the idea is to paddle across the finish line before your boat sinks beneath you).  If you have trouble finding crew, our shorthanded series is what you're looking for.

We have a year-round social schedule, starting with International Night in January and running through to our December holiday party (when Santa shows up by boat).  In between, we've got everything from a winter darts tournament to formal dinner dances.

The Harlem Yacht Club has three classes of membership: active, intermediate, and social.  All classes, except for social, are available as either an individual membership, or as a family membership shared by a couple. We also offer a summer affiliate program for people who want to try the club out before deciding to join.  To enquire about membership, please email