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Welcome to the Harlem Yacht Club

HYC Friday Twilight Series

The HYC Friday Twilight Series kicked off the season on June 15. For upcoming races, see the HYC calendar. And for Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, scratch sheets, race results, and other information for competitors, go to the 2018 Twilight Series page.

Regular Season and Labor Day Launch Service

From Tuesday, May 29, through Thursday, August 30, the regular season launch hours are:

  • Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

For the Labor Day holiday, Launch hours are:

  • Friday (8/31) through Sunday (9/2), 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Monday (9/3), 8:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m.

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 if you need service outside these hours.

SOUL Sailing ASA Basic Keelboat Classes Now Open

See the HYC calendar for SOUL Sailing's schedule of American Sailing Association-certified classes on Basic Keelboating and other topics. Click here for more on learning to sail with Soul Sailing at HYC.

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