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Maine’s vibrant, family-oriented Yacht Club since 1906

Welcome to CYC!


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 Downeast cruisers.

Our youth sailing arm, the Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP), has produced many fine racers who have gone on to success in college sailing and beyond.

Launch service is available to members throughout the season. For more information, please go to our Facilities and/or Contacts page.


CYC and its youth sailing program, CAYSP, are busy preparing for another fun-filled summer on the water. We still have several positions open this year, and encourage all qualified applicants to send a letter of interest and resume to Club Manager Karin Leuthy at  Learn more here.

Club Facilities

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.

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.


Special Event Rentals: 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.

Programs & Activities


Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program: Sailing classes have been an important part of the Camden Yacht Club since 1951. We have grown from five turnabouts and one class per day to a fleet of 45 boats (Optimists, 420s and/or Mercuries) and eight different sailing/boating class levels. This program is open to the public for all children ages 6 and up. Generous scholarship support is also available on a need basis. Learn more about our community youth sailing program HERE. Check out our 2021 course line-up HERE.



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 enlightening talks are open to the public and held on Wednesday nights during the summer. Keep an eye on our calendar to find out what’s planned for this year. For archives of prior years, click here.


Member Events: There is always something fun happening at CYC! Our members organize a busy social calendar that includes BBQs, cocktail parties, meet-and-greets, brunches, and picnics. 

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