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For 120 years, Columbia Yacht Club has been a haven for those who love the water. Our unique Club Ship sets us apart from other clubs, but Columbia is known for much more than this; we are known as more than a sailing organization, as more than a stunning dining experience. Columbia is celebrated as the club that fosters a deep sense of pride and camaraderie among its members, officers, and staff.
Owning a boat isn't necessary to be a member at Columbia. With a broad scope of backgrounds and interests, our members are drawn together by their love of the lake, whether racing, cruising, or simply enjoying the view.
From elegant dancing-under-the-stars celebrations on the aft deck to casual parties on the dock; from quiet sunrise breakfasts to sunset dining; from the bustle of crews readying for races to quiet nights aboard your boat moored at the Club docks, Columbia Yacht Club captivates.
During the sailing season, from April through October, Columbia offers many opportunities for racing and cruising. In addition to running several key regattas each year, Columbia sponsors the Beer Can Races each week. Columbia is proud to lead the Chicago sailing community as the host of the annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, bringing Chicago sailors together to raise a sail in the fight against blood cancers.
For those who enjoy a more relaxed pace, the Cruising Fleet organizes several port-to-port voyages along with parties during the summer. Both sail and power boaters join in on these journeys, with others traveling by “land yacht” to be a part of the festivities on other shores.
The good times continue well after boating season ends, with year-round activities for all ages. Even the most frigid winter days bring members together for meals and parties in the well-appointed dining room or for special parties and celebrations.
Winter, spring, summer, and fall, Columbia Yacht Club offers parties and events for everyone. Countless summertime dock parties make for a robust social calendar. Children and families delight in visits from the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus at holiday parties, and everyone enjoys dressing up for the annual Kids' Halloween party. Additionally, each month the Club hosts trivia night, wine tastings, themed dinners, book club discussions, and more.
Columbia Yacht Club has earned a reputation for a dining room and wine list that are second-to-none. Our chef and staff pair local harvests with exotic flavors to prepare distinctive and dramatic dishes. If a simple meal in a hurry is more to your liking, the crew can grill an awesome burger or tempt you with a homespun dish in quick order. The bar at Columbia offers a great seat for watching televised sports or visiting with friends new and old.
Our Sailing School offers classes for every age and skill level. From our five-year-old Shark Bait classes to our adult keelboat certification course, Columbia can help you hone your skills on the water.
Unique among yacht clubs, Columbia members take an active role as volunteers. Member-run committees oversee everything from the House Committee, which addresses facilities needs, to the Membership Committee, which interviews and guides new members, to the Activities Committee, which plans all parties and events. Truly, whatever your interest, there is a way for everyone to become involved in Columbia Yacht Club.