Detroit Boat Club
The Oldest Yachting Club in the Americas
Established in 1839
In 2014, the Detroit Boat Club celebrates its 175th anniversary. We are planning a number of events throughout the year to commemorate our heritage as the oldest boat club in the United States. Contact us if you are interested in hearing more about our upcoming celebrations.
The Detroit Boat Club offers a wide variety of activities, including:
Sailing/Boating: The DBC's club-owned sailboats (Flying Scots) are available for recreational use by any certified member. Sailing lessons are available for members who wish to learn to sail. A Rendezvous is held each year for members and guests.
Racing: Each year, the DBC hosts a Detroit River Yachting Association-sanctioned regatta on Lake Saint Clair. This rich history continued in 2013 as the DBC conducted its 119th Annual Sailing Regatta on Saturday, June 22. The DBC Regatta, which is open to all sailors in the Detroit area, attracts over 100 boats in 15 classes, ranging in size from 19 to 55'. DBC sailors represent the Club in DRYA and other regattas on Lake St. Clair as well as other races around the country.
Rowing: The DBC enjoys a special relationship with the Friends of Detroit Rowing, whose members row under the Detroit Boat Club burgee as the “Detroit Boat Club Crew.”
Social: Each month the DBC hosts a dinner at some of the most beautiful clubs throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Other social events include theater performances, museum trips and similar entertainments.
Committees: The DBC offers a number of ways to get involved and meet other members. The Club’s Committees include Archives and History; Membership; Entertainment; Regatta; and Merchandise.
A few Highlights of the Year:
• January – the Annual Lobsterfest
• February – event celebrating Club’s founding in February, 1839
• March – DBC Annual Meeting
• June – DBC Regatta and Sailor’s Celebration
• September – DBC Rendezvous
• September – DBC Commodore’s Brunch
• November – DBC Change of Watch and Annual Elections
• December – DBC Holiday Dinner Dance