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Located at the entrance to Camden’s inner harbor, on the western side of Penobscot Bay, Camden Yacht Club (CYC) is a vibrant, family-oriented club which has served the boating community since 1906. CYC operates seasonally from May through October and is a well-known destination for down east cruisers.
Our junior program, called the Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP), has produced many fine racers who have gone on to success in college sailing and beyond.
The Camden Yacht Club facility has served the boating community since the early 1900s. Nationally renowned architect, John Calvin Stevens, was hired to design the present-day shingle style clubhouse, with its oriental overtones and large porches. In 1980, the clubhouse was placed on the National Historic Register.
Launch service, itinerate moorings and inner harbor floats are available to the general public at a fee.
Club members enjoy seasonal dining on the lawn and frequent club functions throughout the year. The Club is available for both member and non-member use for special occasions.
Rental Facility: The Camden Yacht Club is a beautiful location for a wedding or a special event. Sitting at the entrance to Camden’s inner harbor, our location offers unique and stunning views both into the harbor towards the Camden Hills, and to the south and east across the outer harbor and Penobscot Bay. If you are interested in renting our facility, please click here.
This year the Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program, CAYSP, will host the 2019 US Sailing Regional Junior Olympics. This is a large regatta open to sailors ages 10–18. It is sailed in one-design boats ~ the Optimists, 420s, or lasers ~ and is for sailors just learning to race as well as seasoned racers. It is a two-day event and will be hosted in coordination with Lyman-Morse. Click here to register!
Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program: Sailing classes have been an important part of the Camden Yacht Club since 1951. We have grown from 5 turnabouts and one class per day to a fleet of 45 boats (Optimists, 420’s and/or Mercuries) and 8 different sailing/boating class levels.
Cruising and Sailing: For many sailors, Downeast Maine is the ultimate cruising destination and the reason why many of CYC’s members live in Maine. Camden Harbor has long been a starting or stopping point for cruising the many quiet coves, harbors, and islands of Penobscot Bay and points east.
Racing: The Camden Yacht Club organizes and participates in a series of Regattas, such as the Camden Invitational Regatta, Wooden Boat Series, King of Spain races, Codger Cup, CYC Solo Challenge, and a few more.
Sunset Seminars: These talks are usually held on Wednesdays late June through August, from 7:00–8:30 pm (please check the schedule), and are free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door are gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). Click here for the upcoming schedule of Sunset Seminars.
Members Events: In addition, CYC organizes regular events, cocktail parties, brunches, barbecues, cruises, and more.