Become a Member

Join the Charlevoix Yacht Club!

Thank you for considering membership in the Charlevoix Yacht Club. As a member of the CYC you will have the chance to participate in many club activities while meeting other area boaters. Powerboat and cruising sailboat members explore new destinations and rendezvous at the end of the day to share their experiences, providing an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge of both local and offshore waters. Sailors participate from May to October on Lake Charlevoix in Wednesday evening race series and several weekend offshore races. The traditional Labor Day weekend Charlevoix Yacht Club Red Fox Regatta draws sailboats from all over the Great Lakes to compete. This regatta provides an excellent opportunity for all members to get involved on the water and at social gatherings at the end of the race days.

The CYC, established in 1970, is a club made up of over 300 local and non-local boating enthusiasts. While boat ownership is not required, most of our members do own boats. The CYC owns the club facility at 209 Ferry Avenue, maintained by mostly volunteers. In the fall of 2019 construction began on the new Clubhouse (on the second floor) with the Event Center (on the first floor), on Lake Charlevoix, on Ferry Avenue. This joint facility will open in the summer of 2021.

The Club is open Friday evenings year-round, and Wednesday evenings May-October, and may be open even more often with the new Clubhouse. Annual social events typically include a Vinyl Night, local Commodore’s Ball, and various holiday and sports parties. Special events are publicized on the club website, weekly email updates, and a quarterly newsletter. The Clubhouse is currently available to rent by members in good standing for two years. The Event Center is also available to rent by the public.

Membership runs for a calendar year January-December, and is confirmed with a membership card that is reciprocated nationally with many other yacht clubs. Membership is via application, payment of an initiation fee (if over age 30) and dues, and board review. Also required is an interview questionnaire completed by a sponsor (a member the last 2 years). We invite you to visit us at the Club on a Wednesday race evenings from 7 to 10 pm, or almost any Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm. If you have any questions email: membership@ Charlevoix


We cater to various groups of sailors and cruisers.  For those who sail on a regular basis with an existing full member, you may qualify for a crew membership.  It provides accessibility to CYC on Wednesday race nights and sailing events only. The Crew member may purchase bar tickets and will receive mailings. There is no reciprocity and it is for one person. 


Full membership is required for skippers and captains that would like to attend all club functions, and for those who would like to engage in racing activities by sailing their own boat.  Full members, in good standing for two years, are entitled to reserve and rent our clubhouse for personal functions.  It is requested that the New Membership App;ication for Associate, Club, and Sustaining levels be submitted along with the proper dues payment, including the one time Initiation Fee (if age 30 and over), and the questionnaire. The membership sponsor interview questiionnaire is to be completed jointly during an interview with the sponsor.  The Application and questionnaire should be submitted in hard copy and signed by the applicant(s) and the sponsor. It is required that sponsoring members be a member in good standing for the past 2 years. By signing the questionnaire, the sponsor so affirms endorsement of the applicant(s) as becoming contributing members to the credit of the CYC to achieve its mission. The questions are intended to provide the Membership Committee and ultimately the Board with enough qualitative information to determine if the applicant(s) fit into a desirable membership profile to maintain the CYC's boating culture, and to achieve the Club's objectives, goals, and mission. The subjective questionnaire will determine the applications' abilities and eagerness to contribute to the Club's various activities. Thank you for your sincerity and indulgence. 


Sustaining members are greatly appreciated!  Members who support the club by purchasing sustaining memberships are helping support the Charlevoix Yacht Club above and beyond traditional memberships.  While this type of membership is purely a larger financial commitment, it helps support the club in providing many of the great services and programs offered by the CYC.