Welcome to OYC!
Located at the Oswego International Marina, OYC is an all volunteer club with members from all parts of Central New York. Members have a variety of boating interests, from hardcore racing to laid-back cruising, and we all share a love of the water and spending time with friends and families.
OYC is an active club, hosting three invitational regattas each summer, Wednesday Evening Fleet Racing, a junior/community sailing evening, social events throughout the year, cruises, and fun boating events.
Every June we host the Oswego County Hospice Regatta, a fund raiser for Oswego County Hospice and a qualifying event for the National Hospice Regattas Championship. In late July, Sail Oswego is held in conjunction with Harborfest. After sailing, competitors enjoy the festival atmosphere in the City of Oswego with fireworks and entertainment throughout the weekend. Mid-August finds boats from District 7 of the J/24 class competing in their annual Pennant Series Regatta. While racing is an important part of the Club, we also like relaxing on the deck, enjoying the sunset or cruising to different ports on Lake Ontario. Several weekends each summer, members sail off to Fair Haven or spend a week in The Thousand Islands.
Throughout the year, the club holds social events. The rites of spring occur in March with our annual St. Patrick's Day feast followed by the Burning of the Socks. The Firecracker JAM, held during the Independence Day holiday, brings friends and family to the Club for an informal race on an unusual course in the harbor followed by a pot luck dinner and evening fireworks. Then there is the Blessing of the Fleet, the New Members' Party, Volunteer Party, the Ricotta Regatta, the Great Pumpkin race and the jewel of our social season, The Old Salts Ball and Award Ceremony. Having fun ranks high on our agenda!
Membership in the Oswego Yacht Club is open to anyone who shares our interest in boating and being on the water. We offer several membership levels, which you can review on our membership page.
If you are cruising Lake Ontario and are a member from one of our reciprocal clubs, please visit our Club and our city. We offer members from reciprocal clubs one night's stay on our dock and use of our facilities.
It looks like the last of the snow is gone and sailing season is getting closer! Join us on Saturday morning, April 29th starting at 9 for our annual gathering to clean, […]
The Annual Launch Meeting will be held on Saturday April 22nd at 6pm at the club. All members are encouraged to attend. Please remember anyone who has not paid […]
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Our Club History
A prominent local businessman and banker, John T. Mott, established the Oswego Yacht Club (OYC) in 1881. The first clubhouse was erected on the shores of Lake Ontario in 1883. Eventually more space was needed and OYC built a new clubhouse in 1919, the facility now known as the McCrobie Building in Oswego. During the early years of the depression, the Club disbanded and remained dormant for nearly fifty years. In 1980 a group of local boaters re-activated the Club and soon thereafter celebrated its Centennial anniversary.
In the early 1980s, the club leased space from the Oswego Marina, and, in 1988, it returned to its original home, leasing space from the City of Oswego, the current owner of the McCrobie Building. In 2005, OYC moved to its present location at 19 Lake St, at the Oswego International Marina.
It is one of the oldest yacht clubs on Lake Ontario, and celebrated its 125th anniversary the summer of 2006. One of the founding clubs in the Lake Yacht Racing Association, Oswego was the host of many yachting events in its early years.
Today the OYC is home to an active Performance Handicap Racing Fleet which races weekly on Wednesday nights and a Portsmouth Fleet on Thursday nights throughout the boating season. One of the largest regattas on eastern Lake Ontario, Sail Oswego, is hosted by OYC every year during Harborfest since the first year of the festival (1989). In the recent past OYC has hosted several major regattas such as the Flying Scott North American Championships, J 24 District and Great Lakes, the 2012 Lake Yacht Racing Association Annual Regatta, the Eastern Yachting Conference Regatta, and the Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta. In addition to these regattas, the club holds a variety of Club races every year: the Selkirk/Oswego Lighthouse race, the Great Pumpkin Race, the Haulout Challenge, the Commodore’s Cup, the July 4th Firecracker Jam and the J/24 Frostbite series, to name just a few.
The Oswego Yacht Club is much more than just a racing club. A variety of other boating and social activities are held throughout the year. The club organizes and hosts the annual Blessing of the Fleet for all Oswego boaters, which ushers in the new boating season. All area boaters, power and sail, are invited to participate. Every year in August, club members go on a weeklong cruise to various ports on the Lake. In April 2006, several club members organized a trip to the British Virgin Islands; where they chartered boats for a very special cruise, island hopping in the Caribbean. Weekend cruises are scheduled throughout the summer. The Community Sailing program and Racing Clinic serve to teach youth and non-racers in the area about basic boating safety, seamanship, and fundamentals of racing.
OYC’s biggest asset is its members. Friendships are made and camaraderie shared amongst people who value the time they spend on the water, whether in sailboats or powerboats. However, one need not own a boat to be a member of the Club.