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Welcome to the Harlem Yacht Club

2019 Twilight Series -- Last Call, Aug. 23

The Last Leg, Twilight 26 July 2019 (TP Enders photo) Just one race remains in the Harlem Yacht Club's Friday Twilight Racing Series. Join us for a 7 p.m. start on August 23. Races are open to all PHRF-rated sailing yachts (you do not need to be a HYC member). Races start at 7 p.m. on  August 9 and August 23. See the Twilight Series page cor contact the Race Chair ( for more information.  (Photo: "The Last Leg," member TP Enders's photo of the downwind finish of the July 26 Twilight race.) 

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