About Us

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Club Information

Portland Yacht Club is located in Falmouth, Maine, on the shores of beautiful Casco Bay, just north of Portland.  PYC is a private club, open only to members, their guests, and visiting yachtsmen.

Mailing Address:
40 Old Powerhouse Road,
Falmouth ME  04105
Phone:  207-781-9820
Fax:  207-781-4559

Hailing frequency:  Channel 68
General e-mail:  
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Hours of Operation

From mid-May through mid-October, the Club opens each day at 8:00 AM.  Closing time during June, July, and August is 10:00 PM.  Closing times happen earlier in May and after Labor Day.

From mid-October through mid-May, the Club office is officially open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  However, someone is frequently here on other days.  If you need to visit the Club, call ahead to make sure someone will be here to greet you.


OUR VISION

PYC is a welcoming community where members enjoy a variety of boating activities, learn from one another, and cultivate a rich and proud legacy of yachting tradition.

OUR MISSION

PYC promotes member enjoyment by providing easy access to the water for a variety of boating interests, including racing, cruising, and day trips on large and small yachts.

PYC fosters a strong, friendly, internal community where members at every stage of life can socialize, partake in formal and informal educational opportunities, build skills, and make friends who also love the water.

PYC safeguards the rich and proud legacy of yachting traditions through stewardship, preservation of Club history, and education of youth and adults.


Communication

We announce new activities, reminders, and news about Club activities and happenings in a periodic e-mail sent to all members with e-mail addresses.  Not only does this approach save printing and mailing costs, it allow us to reach many more people rapidly.  We urge you to read this e-mail to learn about activities and events as well the general state of the Club.

Payment by Credit Card

For instructions on how to set up your account for paying PYC bills by credit card, click here.

In-Season Activities

Our commissioned season runs from mid-May to mid-October.  Lots goes on during those five months.

Portland Yacht Club is home to the Pilot Race, the Monhegan Island Race, and a Fall Series. The Club also hosts informal races every summer Thursday Night.  We host J/24 Fleet 43, with racing on every Wednesday night, and Etchells Fleet 27, who race every Tuesday night.

Our cruises typically include a shakedown cruise in June, a two-week cruise Downeast in July, a mini-cruise at the end of the season, and several week-end overnighters.

Our active Junior Sailing Program is open to non-members as well as members.  The Program has produced many first-class sailors. Our program uses Club-owned Optimists and 420s, along with some privately-owned boats.

Dining is an integral part of the Club.  We offer fine and casual dining Tuesday through Sunday.  Lunch is available Tuesday through Friday from early June to the Friday before Labor Day.

Several well-attended social events are sprinkled through the commissioned season:

We open with a formal Commissioning, followed by dinner and dancing called the Cannonball.  (We think that used to be two words, “Cannon Ball,” a more formal dance that occurred after the Commissioning Cannon was fired.)

On a beautiful summer evening when the tide is high we feature the Commodore’s Dock Party.  As the name implies, folks gather on the floats to sip, sup, and discuss philosophy.

October brings the Volunteer Appreciation Night, when we recognize all those who have contributed time and talent during the year to make our races, cruises, and other events successful.

The season closes with a De-Commissioning Dinner, with more firing of the cannon and a stand-to for the officer.

Off-Season Activities

Although the Club is officially closed after De-Commmissioning, there are still activities that bring members together.  Here is a sampling:

The Annual Meeting takes place in early December.  Members elect officers, vote on dues and other charges for the year ahead, and conduct other business as necessary.

Santa pays a visit to the Children’s Christmas Party in mid-December.  You see the future of the Club sitting cross-legged on the floor, watching as Santa distributes gifts to everyone!

New Year’s Day offers a noon-time gathering for recuperating party-goers.  The featured item on the agenda is Artillery Punch.

Occasional Dinner nights in the winter months offer great meals and the chance to catch up with boating friends.

February is the time for a heart- and tummy-warming Chili ‘n Chowda dinner.  Members show their culinary talents to great effect.

Mid-April brings the Cruise Pot Luck, which in recent years has featured delicious Pot Roast.

Two holiday brunches precede the season.  Easter and Mother’s Day bring folks of all ages to the Club for great food and a great view.