|Sheboygan Yacht Club|
The Sheboygan Yacht Club (SYC) was formed in September 1931 by a group of gentlemen who just wanted a place to keep their boats. The original club house was located on the Sheboygan River at 7th Street and New Jersey Avenue, where it remained until 1936. That year, it moved to its present location on Lake Michigan and began sponsorship of Sea Scout Ship #50, which provides sailing lessons, sailboat racing, kayaking and crew placement for high school age youth.
SYC has remained active in racing and sailing education. The club first hosted the North American Lightning Championship in 1976. SYC also has hosted the North American Lighting Regatta for Masters, Women and Juniors and the San Juan 24 North Americans. In March of 1989, the club began sponsorship of the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Club, offering classes in sailing for youths and adults at all levels.
The club has undergone several upgrades through the years. In September of 1987, SYC completed a major remodeling project adding 3,000 square feet to the building. The North and South wings were added as well as an office, coatroom, lounge and transient restrooms with showers. A newly installed outdoor camera system catches all of the special event racing. Close up action is provided by a camera on one of the committee boats with a wireless link.
Presently SYC maintains a full dining menu for lunch and dinner with a full bar. Children are welcome with the addition of the “Kids Cove” play area. The club has 383 active members with classifications for Family and Social memberships. The pier system accommodates 57 yachts and transients are welcome.
In 2008 the U.S. Sailing Center was established to bring match racing instruction and competition to Sheboygan. Nationally recognized coaches, such as Liz Baylis and Dave Perry, provide instruction. The center expanded this spring to offer more advanced equipment and training. The U.S. women's Olympic team will train at this center. The club provides office space, classrooms and dining facilities to the U.S. Sailing Center. Club members also volunteer their time to man committee boats for these events.