The Breakwater Yacht Club is a not-for-profit community sailing center founded in 1988 to promote sailing and racing for all ages in the waters of Sag Harbor and Eastern Long Island.
Membership provides an open, friendly and accessible setting where sailors of all abilities and interests can improve their skills, meet new people and help build community. Join us!
The primary mission at Breakwater Yacht Club is teaching people of all ages to sail. The club has developed a recipe for success with formal instruction on land and hands-on application of sailing skills on the water.
From reading winds and tides to knot tying, tacking and the importance of team work, we help young sailors learn to sail safely, and to gain a sense of confidence.
Being competitive on the water comes naturally for many sailors and BYC’s racing program provides a range of outlets for testing those skills.
Throughout the year, Breakwater Yacht Club not only hosts events geared toward club members and racing, it also offers several sailing outings and fundraisers that benefit the wider community.
In partnership with Team One Newport, the Breakwater Yacht Club Store has everything you need to outfit your crew. Customize items with your boat name, sail number, or anything else!
Check out these links for up to date information on the world of sailing and boating as well as helpful information on businesses operating in and around Sag Harbor.
March 30, 2020
Dear Breakwater Members and Friends:
Given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are strictly monitoring and following federal, state and local health guidelines. Until advised otherwise, no group gatherings will be permitted at our facilities, and the clubhouse remains closed. We ask that those feeling sick or showing any symptoms, please seek medical care, and all others please stay at home so as to mitigate the spread of the virus.
While the NYS guidelines allow for individuals to continue to enjoy individual outdoor recreational activities, including sailing in their own boats, please understand that the BYC is not providing a crash boat or other support facilities for these activities. For those who decide to sail on their own, we urge that you use abundant caution, particularly with our cold water temperatures. Any accidents on the bay will put unnecessary pressure on our already overworked healthcare professionals.
The current NYS guidelines extend to April 15 and the While House has announced that its social distancing guidelines have been extended to April 30. This means that we expect to postpone all events scheduled for April. The annual Commissioning, which was on the calendar for April 25, will likely be postponed to a later date to-be-determined. While we are not ready to raise the postponement flag yet for our other programs, and we are hopeful for an active summer on the water, safety is our paramount concern. We will keep you apprised of our plans as we continue to monitor the situation. In the end, we believe that this storm will pass, and we know that Breakwater will continue to be an essential beacon for our harbor.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to take this time to focus on your health, your family, and your business. These will be difficult times for the greater Sag Harbor community. If you are able, please do your part to support local businesses and non-profits. The Sag Harbor Food Pantry needs help - please consider a donation to this worthy local organization to help our neighbors through this challenging period.
Wishing your fair winds ahead,
Luke Babcock, Commodore
Bud Rogers, Vice-Commodore