A private social organization, The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is located on Bayview Avenue close to the Miller Marina. The Yacht Club promotes all types of boating on the island from sailing, power boating, and all other aquatic sports.
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is a short walk from all the downtown locations which makes docking there very convenient. Situated right next to Squaw Harbor the Put-in-Bay Winery, the Boardwalk, and Topsey Turvey’s are all only a short walk.
They also regularly host a series of events including picnics, parties,cruise outs, and numerous other social functions. The entire club has a lively, friendly feel to it. Consider joining the club for only $295/year. Use their well-appointed docks, excellent facilities, and make friendships and connections to last a lifetime.
Put-in-Bay Yacht Club History
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is one of the oldest on Lake Erie. Beginning as the Put-in-Bay Yachting Association in 1886, their main goal was to promote the Inter Lake Yachting Association or ILYA. Valentine Doller, an important Put-in-Bay entrepreneur, was the first commodore.
The ILYA holds regattas for adults and children every summer. The organization would meet at various boat houses throughout the island until they purchased the Bay View House in 1923 from Jack J. Day. They built a brand new clubhouse and dock. The pavillion was immediately a popular spot for social functions. Unfortunately, rising waters and winter ice eventually destroyed the dock.
After World War II, an influx of cottage owners began vacationing on Put-in-Bay. Due to an increased interest in reviving the club, a ladies auxiliary formed in 1949 to assist with the revitalization. Sailing and swimming programs were then added in the 1950’s along with a galley and shower facilities. The club house continued to flourish throughout the 20th century. A major renovation was then undergone in the 1980’s.
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club Schedule
A centerpiece of the social life of the Yacht Club, the Friday Dinners, began in 2001. Every Friday from 5 – 8 members meet to dish over dishes of spaghetti, roast pork, and other yummy food. This is a great opportunity to get to know other members and swap boating stories.
The Yacht Club hosts events every day of the week. Swimming classes, Cruise Outs, and Sailing Series occur all week long. Social events include Taco Tuesdays, Martini Nights, and Blood Mary Sundays at the Bayview Bar. They also regularly show baseball and other sports on TV in their comfortable lounge during the week.
The Put-in-Bay Yacht also hosts fundraising events throughout the season. Vision 2020 is their new initiative to make much needed and desired improvements to the club. Members are invited to contribute donations to things such as a new playground, mats for the kitchen staff, and refurbishing the fireplace.
The IYLA and Put-in-Bay Yacht Club also sponsors the regattas that take place every year in August. This includes the Power Boating Regatta, Junior Sail Regatta, Deep Water Sailing Races, and the Senior Sailing Races which has been held on Lake Erie for over 100 years.
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