People of all ages and abilities sail Lightning’s. They are sturdy, quick, easy to sail, and one of the least expensive boats to own and race. Boats 20 years old are still competitive! The Lighting class is one of the most active classes in the world and probably the most fun. If you want to expand your horizons beyond Keuka Lake, there is a Lightning Regatta in our region almost every weekend of the summer.
E-Scows have been racing competitively at the Yacht Club for more than 70 years. This sleek and elegant craft combines tradition with innovative, high tech features to deliver fun and fast racing for participants and spectators. Sailed with a skipper and crew of 2 or 3, opportunities for a ride or regular crew assignment can be found nearly every Sunday morning at KYC.
Our MC fleet is the latest extension of a long heritage of Keuka Lake scow sailing that started with A scows and continues with a strong fleet of E scows today. Racing is scheduled for Saturday mornings to allow those wishing to also sail in Sunday's racing to do multiple fleets. On any given Saturday you may find 6 to 10 local boats on the starting line. Experience levels run the spectrum from novice sailors to national level competitors. Everyone is welcome.
Keuka Yacht Club
Every weekend morning, starting Memorial Day weekend and going well into September, the KYC racing fleets take to the water. The MC Scow fleet sails on Saturday morning and the E Scows and Lightnings take their turn on Sunday. The Race Committee sets a windward leeward course and manages the starting sequence. Each fleet has robust competition all season as scores are tallied for the honor of earning the fleet champion title and trophy. In addition to club racing, each fleet organizes regattas at the club.
If you enjoy competitive sailing please consider joining one of our fleets or crewing if you do not own a racing boat. It is a great way to enjoy the sport of yachting, the lake and camaraderie.
Keuka Yacht Club offers a number of "club owned" sailboats available to our boating members. Formal instruction through our sailing school
is available for those interested in learning, or less formal
"assistance" is always available for those who require a little help remembering skills learned in the past.
The Kayak and Paddle Fleet is the newest addition to our list of fleets, established in 2017. With the increased interest in paddling on Keuka Lake, expectations are high for group paddles and excursions.