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Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club
43˚ 50' 49" N
069˚ 38' 40" W
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The Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club was incorporated in 1895 by act of the Maine Legislature following formative years dating back to 1870. A hall was leased in Boothbay Harbor and the club became a racing and social center for the active summers in the Harbor.
In 1938, the club voted to adopt a 21' class sailboat, the "Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club One Design" class designed by Geerd Hendel. Many are still sailing and racing today and One Designs are once again being manufactured with the active support of the members of the Boothbay Harbor One Design Association. In the 1990's a class of J/22s was introduced at the club - and the club now has three J/22s available for members. Both classes are actively raced today. The Junior Sailing Program was established in 1954 with youngsters initially sailing in Turnabouts. When the inner harbor became too crowded for racing, the Club leased the former Oak Grove Casino in West Boothbay Harbor, with the young sailors enjoying both Turnabouts and One Designs. The Junior Sailing program today uses Optis and 420s for both instruction and racing.
Increased activities at the Club prompted the move to the present West Harbor location. A new clubhouse was built adjoining the casino, which opened in 1968, and was enlarged in 1980. The new location allowed for an extensive mooring field, as well as launching and instructional space for the Junior Program sailors.
The tennis program was introduced in 1976 on clay courts built by former Commodore George Whitten; the club acquired the courts in 1993.
In 2000, the club undertook a major renovation of the clubhouse, with a complete redesign and renovation of the interior. The renovated clubhouse has extended the summer season, stretching activities through spring and into the fall.
The Club maintains a prominent role in sailing yacht racing, with a series of weekly J/22 and Boothbay Harbor One Design races with stiff competition. Since 1974, the Club has sponsored the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta, a Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association Regatta, a two day event drawing boats from all over Maine.
In 1987, the Commodore's Cup series of weekend races were initiated as a racing forum for members' cruising sailboats, with large fleets participating. Fun races like the Chamber Pot Regatta (in the club's optis) and the Classic Race for boats over 25 years old offer something for everyone.
In 2008 the Club became a sponsor, together with The Corinthians and the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, of a bi-annual distance ocean race known as the Corinthians Ocean Race (or Lobster Run) coursing 332 nm from Stonington, CT., around Nantucket Shoals and finishing in Boothbay Harbor.
If you're interested in becoming part of BHYC's rich history, contact us about becoming a member.