Delaware Sailing Clubs
Lake Pend Oreille Yacht Club (LPOYC) was established in 1977 Keith Sheckler and others to promote sailing in Sandpoint, Idaho. The club”s active racing program attracted sailors from all around the Inland Northwest. As its membership grew, its demographics shifted south, as more and more of its members were from Coeur d”Alene and Spokane. Racing at the south end of the lake grew and eventually the club migrated south too, from Sandpoint to Bayview. To fill the void in the north, Keith Sheckler spearheaded the creation of the Sandpoint Sailing Association (SSA) which cooperates with LPOYC to provide many racing and cruising opportunities on Lake Pend Oreille.
Lewes Yacht Club (LYC) is a private club situated on the Delaware Bay offering a beautiful clubhouse, a fabulous marina, a large pool area, and superb sailing, with the most beautiful sunset views in the Mid-Atlantic.
In 1974 a group of local friends and business associates began meeting in the now vacant Flagship Nanticoke Queen Restaurant, in Seaford, to form the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. The Marina is operated by the Blades Economic Development Corporation (BEDCo) and is staffed with a dock master and assistant.
The Marina was built with a similar design to the Hilton Head, South Carolina marina and has 87 slips which feature floating concrete docks. A pedestal services each pair of slips and features both 30 amp and 50 amp service in addition to town water. It is the opinion of many cruisers that the Nanticoke River is the most beautiful river tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.
This unique organization was founded in 1953 by a small group of New Castle residents, who together bought the club”s first boat, a used Thistle. Today the fleet includes eight 17-foot Thistles, three 19-foot Flying Scots, a new 21-foot Hunter, a runabout, and twelve dinghies. The club leases property at the lower end of Battery Park in New Castle from the New Castle Commons Trustees. There they have built a sail and dinghy house and moor their fleet. A few blocks away, the club owns a barn, where the boats are stored and overhauled during the winter, and a clubhouse for meetings and socializing.