Clear Lake Yacht Club

 US SAILING One-Design CLUB Award
presented to
Clear Lake Yacht Club, Clear Lake, IA

Clear Lake Yacht Club (CLYC) in Clear Lake, Iowa has been a centerpiece to the local community for nearly 75 years. The clubhouse is located on Main Avenue in the downtown area of a very busy and thriving community. The CLYC recently built a new facility for the Clear Lake Sailing School which is run by US SAILING certified instructors. The club offers racing for one-design starts only; classes include the C, E, MC, X classes and the Hobie 16.

 Administrative Excellence: The CLYC is run by a volunteer board and officer core that stay in positive cash flow year after year. This allows the club to fund regattas, youth programs and scholarships, and make charitable donations. The YC also has the resources to maintain a fleet of Optimist, X boats and inflatable instructor boats.

  Fleet Growth: The club runs regular racing for the MC, E and C scows as well as the X-class and Hobie fleet. There have been increases in nearly every class this past year due to the visibility of the club in the community and the success of the sailing school, converting students into racers.

 Creative Programming: The club hosts their own version of a “no tears, no protests” Optimist regatta, which attracts approximately 35 boats and is featured in the local media including TV. Kids from as young as age five skippered in the regatta and everyone received a trophy and a smile.

On Tuesday nights throughout the summer, the sailing school offered adult sailing lessons which are popular with couples. The lessons have been designed for the adult and cater to the social sailor.

 Regatta Support: CLYC has a large volunteer core that provides regatta support year after year. CLYC has a number of experienced race officers that run high quality, fun races for the Hobie Class as well as the  38-foot A boat. There is NEVER a shortage of yacht club members to help with any of its fleet regattas.

The YC has hosted many Inland Championships, including the MC Nationals, A-scow, C scow and E scow Championships as well as four Hobie Cat National Championships in the last three years.

 Membership Contributions: CLYC has no paid employees and is completely run by membership volunteers that do everything from serving on the board to trash clean up. The membership of the YC contributes time, experience, money and effort to make the YC a family-friendly social club. There are individual members that serve on the regional and national boards within their respective classes.

 In summary, what amazes many people about CLYC is its ability to be such a successful organization in an area not thought of being a sailing mecca. To attract large numbers of members, racers and visitors is an amazing feat and the economic impact that the club has on its small community of 8,000 people is staggering. CLYC promotes one-design sailing in a fun and social atmosphere and is very successful in doing so.

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