|Memphis Yacht Club|
The Memphis Yacht Club (MYC) was founded in 1906 as the Memphis Canoe Club. Since then, it has grown to have more than 100 members, some of whom are sons of the founding members. The club is a small affair with no restaurant or bar, but members make up for it with warm Southern hospitality and the club’s close proximity to the Memphis downtown.
Very close to the yacht club is a monorail that goes to downtown Memphis, where you can enjoy a wide variety of events, shopping, hotels and restaurants. During the summer months, Memphis hosts many parties and festivals. Two highlights take place in May, when both the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest take place. Throughout June is the Carnival Memphis, and in September there’s Cooper-Young Festival, an arts festival. But this is only a small sample of the many events take place throughout the year.
Each October members of the MYC cruise with boats from neighboring marinas 75 miles to Helena, Arkansas, for the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, where they enjoy a weekend of good music. The club also holds a fishing tournament each fall.
The MYC offers the only fuel service for nearly 200 miles in either direction on the Mississippi River that caters to larger vessels up to 150 feet in length. Both gasoline and diesel are offered for tanks up to 1,500 gallons. Tanks even larger can be accommodated if you call ahead and give notice at least 24 hours prior to arrival. An independent mechanic works on-site to service vessels that require repair. There is also a dry dock for boats up to 100-feet long.
The marina store offers convenience items and shower facilities, and is open every day of the week from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Transients may enjoy many other services; packages can even be received and held ahead of dockage. You can also get your boat washed with the pressure washers. The MYC doesn’t even charge a docking fee for boats without motors. For anyone cruising down the Mississippi, the MYC is a welcoming club with ample amenities and with easy access to anything that isn’t on-site.