Manhattan Yacht Club is the largest and most active sailing organization in New York Harbor. Our Club embodies the spirit of openness and inclusivity. MYC re-introduced recreational sailing to New York Harbor in 1987. Since then, we have pioneered many innovative programs which have made sailing more accessible to more people. We invite you to come sailing with us and discover the joy of sailing in this great harbor!
Our facilities are located at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City. This location is easily reached by public transportation, ferries and car. Our land-based Clubhouse features a grass lawn and several decks where Members can relax on rocking chairs. If you live in an apartment, our Clubhouse will become your backyard and outdoor terrace.
Members love to relax at the Clubhouse and escape the bustle of city life. After races, teams gather around the BBQs and cook dinner. On weekends, Members enjoy the cushioned benches below the sun awning. The social connections and friends you make at the Manhattan Yacht Club will become an important part of your life.
We are an active Club and Members love sailing. From our Club’s beginning in 1987, we have maintained a fleet of J/24s which is available for all Members to use. You can sail at our Club without owning a boat. The Club currently keeps 13 white J/24s on floating docks in front of the Clubhouse. These boats are all professionally maintained to high standards. There are also an additional 10 red J/24s which are used for our sailing school.
In addition to the original shared-use fleet, Members are now adding private boats to the Club. These include cruising boats as well as the new fleet of International One Designs plus Sunfish and Laser dinghies.
MYC is renowned for our racing programs. There are Member J/24 races on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and a corporate sailing league on Thursdays. The IOD fleet races on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
The Sunfish and Laser dinghies race on Saturday afternoons.
There is even an affiliated program which races historic America’s Cup 12 Meters. In winter, the Club organizes a Frostbite Series for Sunfish & Laser dinghies. Every few years, we organize the Lady Liberty Regatta and the International Yacht Club Challenge.
Each year, many new sailors join our Club with some of them coming from Manhattan Sailing School. After discovering the sport of sailing, people want to gain more experience. Our Club J/24s sail seven days a week from May until October. We have a very popular “Fleet Captain Program” where Skippers volunteer to take fellow Members sailing. This is a great way for new sailors to get involved in the Club, improve their skills and begin making sailing connections. There is also an active Day Sailing League.
Our Club also has a strong educational philosophy. In addition to the Fleet Captain Program which turns novices into seasoned crew, we have a Mentor Program. This is where Club Skippers work with aspiring sailors to improve their skills with the goal of passing our Skipper Certification Test.
Honorable William Wall
Manhattan Yacht Club’s first major clubhouse is called the “Honorable William Wall” and it is anchored in the harbor near Ellis Island. This clubhouse serves as a spectator platform for the sailboat races and is open from Tuesday through Saturday. This clubhouse is affectionately known as the “Willy Wall” and features an open air bar on the upper deck. MYC Members receive 50% off all drinks at the Willie Wall, just show your membership card! This Clubhouse is also open to the public and used for corporate events. There is a $20 launch fee to reach the clubhouse and Members receive first option for signature events like the Full Moon Party. The Willy Wall is a super impressive place to entertain friends, family and co-workers, plus visitors from out of town.
Arabella is the Flagship of Manhattan Yacht Club. She is a 157-foot mega yacht which offers a luxurious atmosphere and a great place for high-end entertaining. Arabella is primarily used for private events and charters but she is also opened occasionally on an evening for Members. During the summer, Arabella also serves as the Club’s floating hotel. She will accompany the 12 Meter sailors to Newport for the World Championships. Next winter, Arabella will also travel to the Caribbean and Members can book a cabin onboard for a week of mega yachting.
Our community is an active, engaged and diverse group composed from all backgrounds. Our Members share a common passion for sailing. Almost all Members experience a significant increase in their recreational and social lives after joining Manhattan Yacht Club.
Traveling With the Club
Sailing will take you around the world! Our Club usually organizes one or more international trips every year. In the winter, we organize “Caribbean Week” when Members fly to the Caribbean to sail in the sun for a week as part of a fun flotilla on chartered boats. In November, we head to Bermuda for a vacation and sailing on IODs. In 2019, we will be sending a team to participate in Monaco Classic Week in September. We are also sending sailors to the 12 Meter Worlds in Newport in July.
Other Social Events
Closer to home, our big annual social events are the Sailors Ball every April and the Annual Dinner every December. In between there are many gatherings at the Clubhouse, Full Moon Parties in the harbor plus BBQs almost every night during the sailing season.
Dues & Initiation Fee
All Members begin by joining the Club as a Regular Membership. This provides you with access to the Club facilities as well as the shared-use fleet of J/24s. Regular Membership dues are $1,700 per year which is billed in quarterly installments. New Members who join after the sailing season has begun pay pro-rated dues their first year. If you join in June, you dues the first year are 5/6 the total amount. In July, your dues would be 4/6, August 3/6, September 2/6 and October 1/6. Juniors (25 and under) & Seniors (65 and older) qualify for 50% off dues.
Members who wish to have Skipper Privileges on the Club fleet of J/24s pay an additional $800 per year. This allows you to reserve a boat and choose the friends you wish to take sailing.
The Initiation Fee to join Manhattan Yacht Club is a one-time $250.
How To Join
It’s easy to join the Manhattan Yacht Club. Start by filling out the on-line Membership Application. Then tell us which Membership Committee Meeting you wish to attend. Committee meetings are held every week or two during the season. Once your completed application is received, the Club Office will contact you to confirm your meeting date. If your membership meeting is successful and you are accepted into the Club, you can begin using Club facilities and sailing immediately.