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Lewes Yacht Club celebrates 90 years

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What started as a group of sailors meeting on Lewes Beach for weekend races more than nine decades ago developed into the Lewes Yacht Club, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month.

Club members gathered Sept. 24 to celebrate the 90th anniversary. The event was highlighted with attendance by several descendants of the founders and the debut of a 90th anniversary video.

And in a long line of milestones in the history of the club is a project getting underway to renovate and expand the current clubhouse to allow for extra dining area (including more outdoor options), a larger bar area, more storage and a new pool bathhouse. The project will be done over a two-year period in an effort to impact the membership as little as possible.

The idea for a sailing association was presented in August 1932 by George Davisson, Richard Reese Sr. and Marjorie Virden. Davisson and Reese would become the club's first two commodores. A total of 17 charter members started the club and set the dues at $3 a year with a $1 initiation fee.

It took a few years, but LYC was incorporated in July 1937, and the first clubhouse was built in 1938 for $5,000 with donated materials on land given by the City of Lewes.

Today, LYC not only has a clubhouse but a pool and marina, an established summertime youth sailing school and swim team, weekly sailing races, special sailing events, programs for members and guests, a foundation, dinners, a snack bar and youth programs.

And there is that beach access. The club is situated at the site of one of the Lewes Beach crossovers with easy access to Lewes Beach and the Delaware Bay. The view from its large outdoor deck provides one of the best sunset spots in Lewes.

The club has 700 memberships with a waiting list of several years.

Among additions to the club over the years, the pool created the most controversy. Longtime members can recall the division that occurred between those who wanted a pool and those who didn't. It got to a point where some members quit the club. When the pool opened in 1987, it quickly became the most-used amenity at the club, and most of those members who parted ways returned to the fold.

Several key families have played significant roles in the formation and growth of the club, including the Masons, Carters, Marshalls, Millers and Reardons, all familiar names in Lewes.

Although the club has a variety of activities, its roots are in sailing. Over the years, the club has hosted a variety of regattas for all types of sailboats, including Sunfish, Mobjacks, Hobie Cats, Optimists and J-70s, all run by a dedicated race committee.

The annual Breakwater Race each Labor Day is the club’s longest-lasting tradition, having started 90 years ago. In the early days, members had swimming and rowing races to the breakwater as well.

The Cape-to-Cape Regatta, started in 2008, continues each August with racing between Lewes and Cape May, N.J.

Key events in LYC's history

August 1932 – Idea for LYC is proposed; 17 charter members

July 1937 – Incorporation takes place

1938 – Construction of first clubhouse at the end of Cedar Street

1941 – Club is used by the military as lookout during World War II

1950s – The clubhouse is expanded and renovated; membership is 123

1969 – Marina on Lewes-Rehoboth Canal is completed

1980s – First paid staff

1982 – Sailing school begins

1987 – Pool opens; swim team and water aerobics begin

2003 – Demolition of old clubhouse

2005 – New clubhouse dedicated

2009 – Foundation is formed

2017 – Major pool renovations and first general manager hired

2022 – Major construction project gets underway

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Sailing School

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Email   [email protected]  with questions and to be placed on the reminder list.  

Cape Critters Program The Cape Critters Program is designed for children ages 5-7 years old that have no sailing experience. It is a ½ day program that begins at 9 AM and concludes at 12 PM, Monday through Wednesday or Thursday and Friday. The core concepts are fundamentals of water safety, sailing our Hobie Waves, and an experience of the wonder of our diverse bayside environment. FUN and teamwork are emphasized while sailing as a group. An onboard instructor rotates the campers through a series of jobs including Lookout - Sail Trim - and Steering.

Weekday Sailing School

Students can attend a 3 hour morning or afternoon session, or they can attend a 7 hour all day clinic with a one hour break for lunch and pool time. We have 5 different skill levels, training to the 19 skills in US Sailing's Start Sailing Right. Students are placed in groups based on previous experience and instructor assessments. Depending on their skills students may sail in Hobie Waves - Flying Scots - Zests - Sunfish - Lasers, and other boats. As they progress they will learn skills like seamanship, water safety, proper sail trim and steering, rigging and de-rigging, launching and landing, and capsizing and recovery. Each daily session includes a brief pre and post sail chalk talk, with the majority of the time dedicated to being on the water.

Cape Critter Program (morning only, M-W or Th-F)  

        Ages 5-7  with NO SAILING EXPERIENCE.

•        Monday to Wednesday or Thursday and Friday

•        9 AM to 12 PM

•        Boats: Hobie Wave For more Critter information Click HERE

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All Day Session                                     

        Ages 8-18 •        Weekday Sailing School** •        9 AM to 4 PM (12-1=lunch/swim break) •        Boats: Zest/Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420

Morning Session

       Ages 8-18 •        Weekday Sailing School** •        9 AM to 12 PM •        Boats: Zest/Hobie Wave/Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420 **Requires Froglet minimum skills for sailors under 10

Afternoon Session                                  

       Ages 8-18

•        Weekday Sailing School**

•        1 PM to 4 PM

•        Boats: Zest/Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420 **Requires Froglet minimum skills for sailors under 10

   

For more Weekday Sailing School Information Click HERE

To register click here, frequently asked questions.

Q: What should my sailor bring to summer sailing lessons?

A: Sunglasses, Hat, Water bottle, Swim outfit, Sunscreen, Towel, Lunch (for Full day), Life Jacket, Closed Toed shoes that can get wet. Click here for a detailed list.

Q: Does my sailor need a life vest?

A: YES! Sailors need to bring their own life jacket. Your PFD should be Coast Guard approved and the right size for your sailor. We have a bin of life jackets that students can borrow if they occasionally forget.

Q: Where can I drop off/pick up my sailor from LYC Sailing School?

Please drop your sailor off outside the Regatta Room Monday morning and register with the instructor at the table. They will direct you to the proper location. For the safety of your sailor, please check in and out. Drop off starts at 8:50 am. Please find the Sailing Director to approve contact information!  The AM and Cape Critters end at noon and Full and PM lessons end at 4pm. The kids will be waiting for you in the Regatta Room to pick them up. Please confirm pick-up with the Sailing Director or an Instructor so that we know your child has been picked up safely. All non-member AM/Cape critters need to be checked out before 12:15pm.

Q: Will there be a swim check?

A: Instructors give a swim check Monday morning to ensure comfort and safety in and around the water.

Q: What happens when the weather is too bad to sail?

A: Safety is our #1 priority. If the weather does not permit us to sail we will bring class inside to do sailing related activities and team building exercises until conditions improve.

Q: What if we have to cancel?

A: Students who cancel three weeks prior to the program start date receive a full refund. Within two weeks prior to the start date, the student receives a 50% refund. Inside of two weeks there will be no refund.

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  1. LYC Foundation

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  2. Grants

    The Lewes Yacht Club Foundation is pleased to offer grants to qualified organizations which provide youth programs for Swimming & Water Safety, Sailing, Maritime Activities, and Educational Enrichment. ... LYC Foundation, 2701 Cedar St., P.O. Box 2, Lewes, DE 19958. Timeline: Grant applications are accepted during the period January 1 - March 31.

  3. What We Do

    Founded in 2009, The Lewes Yacht Club Foundation is an IRS sec. 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization separate from the Lewes Yacht Club. The Foundation funds programs for a diverse group of young people across the Delaware Bay region. The Foundation provides Grants to organizations which offer youth programs for swimming & water safety, sailing ...

  4. About

    Lewes Yacht Club (LYC) is a private club situated on the Delaware Bay offering a beautiful clubhouse, a fabulous marina, upgraded pool area, and superb sailing, with the most beautiful sunset views in the Mid-Atlantic. ... LYC Foundation. LYC is a founding member of National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF). 2701 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 2, Lewes, DE ...

  5. Home

    We believe in administering and managing the club in a prudent manner, keeping fees appropriate to accomplish our vision and mission. We believe in providing opportunities for families and youth in a safe and wholesome environment. 2701 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 2, Lewes, DE 19958-0002. 302.645.8596.

  6. LYCF Grants LYC Foundation Lewes Delaware Yacht Club

    A charitable arm of the Lewes Yacht Club. LYC Foundation, PO Box 2, Lewes, DE 19958 ... LYC Foundation, PO Box 2, Lewes, DE 19958 www.LYCFoundation.com: The Lewes Yacht Club Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships of up to $4000 to qualified individuals engaging in undergraduate or graduate studies or activities relating to Maritime

  7. Donate

    All donations to the Lewes Yacht Club Foundation are tax deductible. Donate today. You can donate to the Lewes Yacht Club Foundation today with your Credit Card via secure online checkout by clicking the link below. Your gift will make a difference. ... LYC Foundation, PO Box 2, Lewes, ...

  8. What We Do 2

    The Lewes Yacht Club Foundation funds programs for a diverse group of young people across the Delaware Bay region. We give Grants to organizations which offer youth programs for swimming & water safety, sailing, maritime activities, and education. The Foundation also awards college Scholarships for swimming, sailing, and undergraduate study.

  9. A day on the bay thanks to LYC Foundation

    The Lewes Yacht Club Foundation hosted members of the Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach to a day on Delaware Bay Aug. 18, with sailing, kayaking, swimming, wave riding and stand-up paddleboarding. The mission of the LYC Foundation is to provide funding to enhance the potential of youth in swimming, sailing, maritime activities and education.

  10. LYC Foundation provides sailing experience

    The Lewes Yacht Club Foundation sponsored several youth from West Side New Beginnings in Rehoboth Beach June 27-28 for two days of sailing instruction during its annual sailing camp. After sailing camp was over, youngsters were treated to power-boat rides to see landmarks along the Lewes-Cape Henlopen State Park coast.

  11. Donations

    Your charitable gift will make a difference in the life of young person. Donations can be made year-round to the LYC Foundation and are the backbone of our ability to give back to the community. Donations of all sizes make an impact.

  12. History

    History. Lewes Yacht Club was founded in 1932. The idea for a "sailing association" was proposed to Marjorie Virden by George Davisson. Major George Edwards Davisson originated the idea of a sailing club, and together with 16 other full time and part time Lewes residents, they formed the Lewes Yacht Club.

  13. About Us

    Lewes Yacht Club 2701 Cedar Street P.O. Box 2 Lewes, DE 19958-0002 302.645.8596: About Us: We are a largely volunteer run organization with dedicated members who sacrifice their time to ensure the club runs efficiently. Our club is governed by an elected Board of Directors.

  14. PDF Lewes Yacht Club Foundation Charles A Beaverson, Jr. Scholarship

    Founded in 2009, The Lewes Yacht Club (LYC) Foundation funds programs for a diverse group of young people across the Delaware Bay region. The Foundation provides Grants to organizations which offer youth programs for swimming & water safety, sailing, maritime activities, and educational enrichment.

  15. LYC Foundation reaches out to YMCA youth

    Lewes Yacht Club held its Sailing Outreach Day Aug. 16, offering a day of on-the-water activities for Sussex County youth. Sponsored by the LYC Foundation, children from the Sussex Family YMCA Explorers program spent the day sailing, kayaking and...

  16. Lewes Yacht Club Foundation

    Lewes Yacht Club Foundation, Lewes, Delaware. 17 likes. Youth programs for swimming, water safety, sailing, maritime activities, and educational enrichment.

  17. Lewes Yacht Club

    The Lewes Yacht Club (LYC) was founded in 1932 and is enriched by its history and. traditions, yet has a casual and relaxed atmosphere. We offer a variety of activities for. our members from sailing to swimming, to boating, to a variety of dining, including. banquet facilities.

  18. Lewes Yacht Club Foundation Endowment Fund

    Wilmington Mailing Address: PO Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899 Office Location: 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 115, Wilmington, DE 19801

  19. LYC Foundation hosts YMCA campers

    Renewing what has become an annual event, Lewes Yacht Club Foundation volunteers hosted youth from Sussex Family YMCA Aug. 19 for a day of water activities, including swimming, sailing, paddleboarding and kayaking, as part of the club's community outreach. Prior to getting out on the water, foundation volunteers provided a water safety course.

  20. Lewes Yacht Club celebrates 90 years

    Ron MacArthur. September 29, 2022. What started as a group of sailors meeting on Lewes Beach for weekend races more than nine decades ago developed into the Lewes Yacht Club, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month. Club members gathered Sept. 24 to celebrate the 90th anniversary.

  21. Membership

    Multi-Access: Your LYC membership includes access to ALL the areas of the club - dining, marina, pool, beach, sailing, and much, much more. Memberships: LYC memberships include immediate family, without separate fees. Value: Membership is an exceptional VALUE with affordable dues and minimums. Hospitable: Friendly and efficient staff ...

  22. Join Us

    Join Us. Thank you for your interest in the Lewes Yacht Club! Our membership is now at its limit. LYC maintains a Wait List for membership with an estimated wait of 12+ years. Wait List applicants require one member sponsor. To be placed on the wait list, you must fill out an Application for the Wait List (available through a current member ...

  23. Sailing School

    Click HERE for 2024 Sailing School Registration. Sessions will start on Monday, June 10 with the last week starting on Monday, August 12. Email [email protected] with questions and to be placed on the reminder list. Cape Critters Program. The Cape Critters Program is designed for children ages 5-7 years old that have no sailing experience.