Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
A Privately Funded Resource To The Boating Community.
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club is an all volunteer club that has been a privately funded resource to the boating community since 1934. Located in Montrose Harbor, the club provides value to boaters at no expense to taxpayers.
Under the Chicago Harbors management plan, essentially harbor management, operations and all revenues from moorings “belong” to the Park District. City wide, boat mooring charges have long been the third largest source of revenue behind property taxes and leasing Soldier Field. Facilities operated by the Park District for decades at Montrose Harbor have included in water moorings, storage for dinghies to row out to in water moorings and “dry moorings” from which trailered boats can be wheeled to Park District cranes and launched for the day, recovered when finished. The Harbormaster’s office is in the yacht club building.
The club built and operates a building and maintains grounds that are available to its members and nonmember Montrose boaters who pay the same charges as members, but do not wish to join. Additionally, the club actively operates sailboat racing programs both for members and nonmembers. Four committee boats are owned, operated and maintained, as well as a fleet of sailing dinghies usable for kids. Regattas and races run annually serve hundreds of nonmember sailors.
Charitable events, hosted at no charge to the charity, have included, as examples, the Leukemia Cup Poker Run fundraiser, maritime history organizations and fundraisers for particular Chicago Public Schools. Club facilities are also used for boater education, with our own free winter time seminars, crew school at nominal charge and permitting nationally recognized groups like US Sailing and Power Squadron to offer classes with no charge for facilities.
We are particularly honored to have the opportunity to regularly host, since 2002, the Nature Along the Lake
(NAL) program. NAL is a field trip program for Chicago Public School (CPS) elementary students grades 2 - 8 and occurs with different groups attending each school day in the spring and fall. Using the club house as a home during field trips have classroom sessions at the club and then experience the restored natural area at Montrose Point.
The sport of sailboat racing is an equipment and personnel intensive sport. While most competitors bring their own boats, race operations typically involve one committee boat and several small support boats to set buoys to define race courses, assist with “refereeing” and provide additional safety. Thus, a “staff” typically numbering seven to perhaps a dozen people are needed on the water. Whether “club” races for members or races open to sailors from all over Chicago, the suburbs, adjacent states and even internationally, Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club provides these either with volunteers, or for national caliber regattas, with professionals compensated by the club.
Because the management of the club is done entirely by member volunteers annual dues are kept affordable by all.