Clear Lake is considered to be one of the top sailing lakes in the Midwest. With an elevation nearly 100-feet above the surrounding countryside, winds are typically present on even the calmest of days. The 3,684 acre lake measures approximately 7 miles long and 2 1/2 miles wide.
Every weekend, Memorial Day-Labor Day, sailboat races are held on Clear Lake.
Saturday at 9:30am & 1pm, and Sunday at 10am & 2pm.
The Clear Lake Yacht Club was founded in 1935 to promote pleasure & competitive sailing for all ages. The Club organizes several sailing fleets, Optomists, X, MC, M17, C, E, Cougars and Hobie Cats each season, giving sailors ample opportunities to compete and test their skills.
The CLYC participates at the regional and national level in regattas throughout the summer, both on Clear Lake and on other lakes. Clear Lake Yacht Club is a member of the US Sailing, Inland Lakes Yachting Association, Interlake Yachting Association and Hobie Class Association Division 7. In addition the Clear Lake Yacht Club is a member of the Yacht Clubs of America (YCA).
Membership in the CLYC includes racing, and non-racing (social) members. It is a great way to connect with others who share a love of sailing.
CLYC's Sailing School is offered in the summer for kids and adults. Head instructors and senior instructors are certified by the US Sailing program, with a water safety component as part of the certification. Everyone is invited to participate; you do not need to be a CLYC member, or even a permanent resident of Clear Lake. Scholarships are available.
Sailing Camp is a 4-day program designed for the beginner and intermediate sailor. Each student will receive specific instruction customized to his/her experience level. Topics will include boat parts, boat safety, and basic boat-handling skills. During these classes, instructors are generally in the sailboats with students. Students may receive training/instruction in a variety of boat types, including Optimist, X Scows, 420 Class and Hobie type boats.
Optimist Racers and X fleets hold instruction and racing 2 times a week over 7 weeks. All racing will scored and a fleet trophies will be awarded. Skills taught will included tactics, racing rules and courses. Students that do not provide their own boat may rent a club boat for a nominal charge.
Adult sessions are held in the evenings. For more information and online registration, visit the Sailing School website.