|St. Joseph River Yacht Club|
Founded in 1913, the St. Joseph River Yacht Club is now in its third location, a magnificent, historic setting on the St. Joseph River in St. Joseph, Michigan. The club moved to the former Lighthouse Depot in 2003 and has grown to 525 members with about a two-year waiting list to join.
Open from the St. Patrick’s Day Party through the New Year’s Eve Party, the club is a favorite spot for boaters, swimmers and members who enjoy the full social agenda. All members enjoy a full social calendar, including the popular Friday night buffet, live music in the Burgee Bar, the Jimmy Buffett party and the famous Tri-State Party on Labor Day weekend. The club is also a great spot to watch the fireworks displays on the Fourth of July and for the Venetian Festival. The Rhumbline Regatta in early June and the TriState Regatta on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend include dinner and a dance open to the public.
Delightful dining options are provided in the Burgee Bar. The large third floor is available for private parties (member sponsored) and special club functions like the Commodore’s Ball. During the summer, members can enjoy relaxing lunches or dinners at the Rhumbline Bar at the river’s edge and get a close-up view of the harbor and boating traffic. The new dock is a favorite spot for boating members to tie up for lunch or dinner on their way to or from a Lake Michigan outing.
The club has a very active swim team that enjoys the new pool. Yacht racers leverage skills honed during Wednesday night races to win trophies in the big regional races. Most recently the St. Joseph River Yacht Club placed second among the 16 clubs participating in the 101st Mac Race from Chicago to Mackinac Island. Cruisers enjoy weekend trips to South Haven or other Western Michigan ports, and occasional dingy excursions up the St. Joseph and Paw Paw Rivers.