Our Club

Aerial PhotoFounded in 1882, Minnetonka Yacht Club (MYC) is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the country. Our goal is to have a diverse membership composed of sailors and social members of good character and of all ages and to promote and encourage sailing by providing our members and guests with a facility, services and social events that meet and succeed our members’ standards. Our membership is built upon strong friendships, camaraderie, and a loyalty to a long standing tradition of excellence.

MYC is not only a place for sailors, but a landing spot for many who want to enjoy a club experience and participate in an exciting social schedule. Located on beautiful Lighthouse Island (LHI) on Lake Minnetonka, our unique location is something you can’t find anywhere else. LHI and the Carson’s Bay Facility (located on Minnetonka Boulevard in Deephaven) provide beautiful lake front views in addition to a launching facility with slips, ramps and buoys for both sailboat and motorboat storage.

Currently, Minnetonka Yacht Club has over 500 members. Our racing fleets include A, E, C, MC, Yngling, J22, Catamaran, Laser, X, Optimist, 420 and the Open Fleet.

MYC members include a United States Junior National Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Head Coach for the US Olympic Sailing Team and winners of countless National, North American and World Championships in a variety of sailboat classes. We are very proud of our many current distinguished sailors as well as those from decades past.

The Minnetonka Yacht Club is known predominantly for scow sailing although it also has keel boat fleets. There are four basic geographic points of interest in association with MYC - Light House Island, Carson's Bay Facility, Bug Island, and Park Avenue.

  • Light House Island (LHI) – This is the primary location of events and where the main clubhouse building is located.  It is also home to the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School (LMSS).
  • Carson's Bay Facility (CBF) (located on Minnetonka Boulevard in Deephaven) – This is our on shore building, club manager’s office and launching dock.  Buoys for boats that can sit in the water (normally keel-based boats), motor boat slips and a private parking lot for yacht club members are also available.
  • Bug Island – “Bug” is a landing spot and slip/lift rental option on not far from LHI.
  • Park Avenue – Located at the bottom of Lake Avenue in Deephaven, “Park Ave” is another parking lot for members to use (permit required) that overlooks LHI and Bug Island. It is also another place to park and hop on our pontoon shuttle that runs to and from Bug Island and LHI for both racing and social events.
MYC taxi boats shuttle people to and from Carson Bay and Bug Island during racing, regattas, and other events.  

 

The MYC sailing season runs from early May through late September. Fleets race Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Our Wednesday series is followed by a weekly “grill and chill” on LHI open to all members and their guests. In addition to club series and cup races, MYC hosts a number of class championship regattas every summer, adding to our well attended social schedule.

The MYC experience is not something you find every day or anywhere else – it is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Whether you want to enhance your existing sailing experience, would like to begin sailing or just like being around people who enjoy the sport of sailing and love a good party, MYC is bound to offer something for you.

Old MYC club houses

Old Minnetonka Yacht Club on the right (now known as Light House Island) and Minnetonka Ice Yacht Club (now known as Bug Island) in 1901.