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Welcome to the Harlem Yacht Club

Rear Commodore's Race to the Rendezvous, July 20

The (very informal) 2019 Rear Commodore's Regatta kicks off on Saturday, July 20...or whenever participants pass Cuban Ledge buoy in Eastchester Bay on their self-timed trip to Manhasset Bay. A Manhasset raft-up will follow. For mor information, see the sailing instructions on the Rear Commodore's Regatta page, or contact the Race Chair (

2019 Club Cruise, Aug. 1-11

The HYC Cruising Committee has put together an itinerary for this year's Club Cruise. The plan is to set out on Thursday, Aug. 1, sail out through Plum Gut to Three Mile Harbor on Long Island's South Fork, and then return through the Sound to reach HYC again on Sunday, Aug. 11. Fleet Captain Matt Stainback says, "Please take a look at the itinerary, which has some iconic and idyllic anchorages. I encourage those of any experience level, from veteran to newbie, to join the cruise if they are able. There is no better way to explore the Sound than with the friendship and support of HYC members." See the Cruising page for details, and make reservations early. Roger Karlebach will be the Cruise Captain; if you plan to attend or have any questions, please send them his way, at 917-887-7919 or

2019 Twilight Series Continues

Three more races remain in the Harlem Yacht Club's Friday Twilight Racing Series. 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 July 26,  August 9, and August 23. See the Twilight Series page cor contact the Race Chair ( for more information. 

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