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Welcome to the Harlem Yacht Club

2019 Twilight Series

The Harlem Yacht Club's Friday Twilight Racing Series begins June 14. Races begin at 7:00 p.m. on alternate Fridays through August. Races are open to all PHRF-rated sailing yachts (you do not need to be a HYC member). Contact the Race Chair (race@hyc.org) for more information. Race dates are: June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26,  August 9, August 23. See the Twilight Series page for more details.

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 rkarlebach@nyc.rr.com.

Launch Schedule

The Harlem Yacht Club provides launch service between moorings in the club field and our dock for members and guests.  Call "Harlem Launch" on VHF 72.  If you are unable to raise the launch by VHF, you can telephone the launch house at 718-885-3235.   Please contact the launch chairman at launch@hyc.org if you need service outside these hours.

Regular Season Hours, Tuesday, May 28 - Thursday, August 29 (except July 4)

  • Sunday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Independence Day

  • Thursday, July 4: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Labor Day Weekend

  • Friday, August 30 - Sunday, September 1: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 2: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

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 membership@hyc.org.