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Become a Member 

Traditions and Annual Events

  • Change of Watch to swear in the Commodore

  • Membership drive and welcome reception

  • Burning of the Socks (May) to celebrate the beginning of Sailing Season, blessing of the fleet

  • Maritime Week- A celebration hosted by the City of Sturgeon Bay, U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime Museum and SBYC

    • Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club typically hosts the following for Maritime Week-

    • Mariner and USCG Person of the Year Awards Dinner

    • Sail Training Foundation, Sailing Demonstrations

    • Afternoon BBQ and Lawn Games for Coast Guard Families

    • Open House and Buffet sometimes with Fireworks

  • Kentucky Derby Party- Mock Horse Auction, Mint Julips, prizes for best attire!

  • Halloween Party-complete with spooky drinks and appetizers

  • Christmas Party

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration-Select menu, party hats and horns, great live entertainment

Sail Training Foundation (STF) and events

  • Youth and Adult Sail Training Classes: The core function of STF is to teach sailing to everyone in the community ages 8 and up the basics and offers progressively advanced instruction on racing rules and tactics, high-performance dinghies, and introduction to larger cruising vessels

  • Thursday Evening Racing: TGIT is a stalwart activity of the Club for the past 60 years. Originally, Club members raced the STF prams then this morphed into a Portsmouth Handicap scored race for “anyone with a boat capable of navigating the course” around the buoys in the inner bay. Yacht club members eligible  to race in STF boats

  • STF Chili Supper has a storied past, however, now this early spring fundraiser is an adjunct to the Irving J. Phreazemhitaile Memorial Regatta marking the start of sign-ups for STF classes

  • STF Classes End of Year Picnic, Regatta, and Awards. Held the last Friday of Sailing Lessons

  • October Awards Dinner - Annual SBYC Race Committee event to present trophies to winners of the TGIT race series, GBYA race winners and the two SBYC-sponsored “big boat” races - the Harry Purinton and the Green Island


  • Your membership allows you to visit other United States clubs. Your membership card and/or a letter of introduction is needed. You can call our office to request one

  • Dining privileges at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. Reservations are required and you must pay with cash or with credit card

  • Golf discount at The Orchards Golf Club for SBYC members

Committee Participation

  • All SBYC members are invited to join a committee. These committees work to operate the Club and improve our members experiences. The committees are as follow - Finance, House, Marketing and Membership, Building and Grounds, Sail Training Foundation and Ambiance and Entertainment



Member surveys affirm that SBYC provides outstanding value, and the lifelong friendships forged at the Club are priceless.

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