Put-in-Bay Yacht Club – The Islands Social Boating Club
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club located on Bayview Avenue is a private social organization near the Miller Marina. The Yacht Club promotes several types of boating and events on the island from powerboats, sailing boats, and other aquatic sports.
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is just a short walk from all the downtown Put-in-Bay Attractions, which makes docking there convenient. Situated next to Squaw Harbor, the yacht club is near the Put-in-Bay Winery, the Boardwalk, and Topsey Turvey’s. The downtown nightlife is only a short walk away.
The yacht club also regularly hosts a series of special events, including picnics, parties, cruise outs, and numerous other social functions. The entire club has a friendly, lively feel to it. You can join the club for just $295/year. Members enjoy the use of the well-appointed docks, facilities, and make friendships and connections with other members to last a lifetime.
The History Of The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is one of the oldest on Lake Erie. It began as the Put-in-Bay Yachting Association in 1886. The main goal was to promote the Inter Lake Yachting Association or ILYA. Valentine Doller, one of the founders of Put-in-Bay, and an important Put-in-Bay entrepreneur, served as the first commodore.
The ILYA holds regattas for children and adults every summer. The organization would meet at various boathouses throughout South Bass Island until they bought the Bay View Home in 1923 from Jack J. Day. A new clubhouse and dock were then contructed. The pavilion immediately became a popular spot for social functions. It was short lived however as winter ice and rising waters eventually ruined the structure.
Post World War II, an cottage owners began vacationing and building homes on Put-in-Bay. With and increased interest in resurecturing the club, a ladies auxiliary formed in 1949 to assist with the revitalization. In the 1950’sSailing and swimming programs were then added. Soon thereafter a galley and shower facilities were added. The club house continued to grow throughout the 20th century. In the 1980’s a major renovation took place.
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club Schedule
One of the centerpieces of social life at the Yacht Club is the weekly Friday Dinners. The tradition began in 2001. Each Friday from 6 – 8, members meet to prepare meals for the members. Dinners range from spaghetti to Lake Erie Perch Fry. It’s an excellent opportunity for members to meet each other and trade boating stories and what happened over the winter months.
Crusie Outs, Swimming classes, and the summer Sailing Series are just a few of the events The Yacht Club hosts during the week. Social activities include Martini Nights, Taco Tuesdays, Blood Mary Sundays at the Bayview Bar, and hosting several popular regattas. The lounge/bar in the club will generally have one of the popular area teams in numerous sporting events on TV for the members’ enjoyment.
Island fundraising events are frequently held at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club as is the occasional wedding. The Yacht Club is currently working on raising funds for much-needed improvements to the facility. Members are encouraged to donate funds as well as equipment such as playground items, kitchen mats, and help with rebuilding the fireplace.
Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, in conjunction with the ILYA, also sponsors the regattas that take place each year in late July and August. The Power BoatRegatta brings powered boats of all types to the island for several days of organized fun and activities. This is followed by the Junior Sail Regatta, Deep Water Sailing Races, and the Senior Sailing Races, which have been held on Lake Erie waters for over 100 years. The dates and times for these may all be found on the Put-in-Bay Schedule Of Events