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On The Water

sail FLEET

Our club was founded in 1892 by people that enjoyed the art of sailing. Columbia still carries the tradition today. Sail boats make up the majority of our fleet with cruising and racing both well represented. 

power FLEET

Columbia's Power Fleet has not only grown over the years but have also become more active in the club and with community events. Learn more HERE.

learn to sAIL

Columbia Yacht Club provides a wide range of sailing lessons and opportunities for nearly everyone. All age groups and skill levels welcome. Find more details here about Summer Camp, Junior Racing, School Teams and Adult Sailing


Captains at Columbia Yacht Club are always looking for crew. Whether it is for a casual sail, Beer Can, buoy or distance races, you are bound to find the right fit with Rail Meets.

columbia yacht club's club ship

Located at the foot of Randolph, separating DuSable Harbor and Monroe Harbor, Columbia's Club Ship Abegweit is one of the world's most unique yacht club facilities. 
The MV Abegweit began service as an icebreaking railway, vehicle, and passenger ferry that operated across the Abegweit Passage of the Northumberland Strait, connecting Port Borden, Prince Edward Island to Cape Tormentine. In the winter of 1982-83, Columbia Yacht Club purchased the MV Abby as our new Club Ship. 
Find out more HERE

dusable harbor

DuSable Harbor is located in the heart of downtown Chicago at the foot of Randolph Street.  Surrounded by a towering skyline and being the only harbor with slips close to the loop, it is a very popular mooring location.  Hemmed in by the Columbia Yacht Club to the south, the harbor was completed in 2000 by closing in part of Monroe Harbor, thus the entrance is thru Monroe Harbor headed north along the eastern breakwater.  There are 420 slips at DuSable with accommodations for boats 30’-60’+ in length.

monroe harbor

Monroe Harbor is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and its 824 mooring cans combine to create the central panorama of the Chicago skyline.  Iconic to the Chicago Harbors, Monroe has a strong community of long-time boaters many of whom love the nostalgia and history of this harbor at the foot of the city.  Home to the Chicago Yacht Club and Columbia Yacht Club, the harbor is a central focal point of the lakefront.

area III

Area III is a division of LMSRF which is our region's rep to US Sailing. Their contribution to "Fostering racing competition among wind-powered sailing yachts" is to provide a regional structure to the racing environment.


This increases participation by:

  • Providing the racer with a standard means to signup up and participate in races from the various yacht clubs.
  • Providing a forum for the yacht clubs to coordinate their schedules and spread the events throughout the season.
  • Making it easier for the yacht clubs to sponsor races by handing signup, fee collection, scoring, protest handing, and publication of results.