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What a great summer.  See you next year!

Commodore’s Welcome


I would like to welcome you to the Clear Lake Yacht Club.  I am pleased to act as the Commodore during this, the 86th year of the Club’s existence.

The Clear Lake Yacht Club has been embedded in the community for generations.  Since 1935, members of the Club have competitively sailed both on Clear Lake and around the country. Classes of racing and the sailboats themselves have changed over time, but the friendships and community created by the Club continues year to year.

In addition to competitive racing, the Club holds several on and off the water social activities. Members can join others to watch the weekend races, or enjoy mingling with friends at social events held at the Club or members’ homes.

My family is in its 3rd generation of being active members of the Club.   My father initially purchased an X boat for my siblings and me to sail.  Soon after, he bought a Y boat (yes that is a class from the past) that he raced with my mother. Later, he crewed for my brothers on a C boat. Years later, several of his grandchildren continued the tradition by sailing an X boat.  The memories formed from being part of the Club and the CLYC family are priceless.

This year CLYC will host the MC National Championship from June 24th though June 27th. Boats from across the country will compete on our lake.  Members will have the opportunity not only to compete and spectate, but also to volunteer.  Following the regatta, our youth sailors and those from other Iowa and Minnesota lakes will have the opportunity to learn and sharpen their sailing skills in the West Water X Boat Clinic on June 28th and 29th. Both of these events are opportunities for us to show others what a great community we have in Clear Lake.

I look forward to serving as Commodore this year and wish all of you a great summer at the lake!

Christine Long, 2021 CLYC Commodore