From modest beginnings in 1913, South Shore Yacht Club has grown to be the largest yacht club in Wisconsin. Our members strive for a feeling of family and take pride in being known as the "Harbor of Hospitality" on the Great Lakes.
The Club encompasses a variety of boating enthusiasts. Boating activities range from competitive, and casual day sailing, to an active power boating fleet. South Shore Yacht Club has something for everyone. Membership in the club consists of a majority of active members, followed by Life Members, associate members (under 30 years of age), non-residents, Juniors and Auxiliary members. Please contact the manager for specific information on membership.
Club facilities reflect the attitude of our members...warm, friendly and inviting. A well-staffed facility perfect for socializing and entertaining dominates the main level. Dining in the upstairs restaurant is always an enjoyable experience due in large part to the spectacular view of Lake Michigan. Extra care is given to "Theme Nights" featuring many ethnic menus and amenities. Each month, Sunday Brunches are featured and special brunches are held on occasions such as Easter, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.
Everyone loves a great party, and members of the South Shore Yacht Club are no exception. Holiday celebrations, the Change of the Watch Party, and a special New Year's Eve bash are just a few of the memorable events hosted by the Club. South Shore Yacht Club continues to be an institution for entertaining, recreation, relaxation, and competitive boating on Lake Michigan.
Open to young people ages eight through eighteen, the Junior Program at South Shore Yacht Club is one of the most highly regarded in the country. Junior membership is available to all young people interested in learning yachting and navigational skills. An eight-week summer sail lesson program is available with an emphasis on safe boating. Qualified instructors teach all levels of techniques and skills, so any young person can begin a lifetime of nautical enjoyment.
In keeping with our goals of hospitality and friendship, the South Shore Yacht Club's Powerboat Committee sponsors a variety of social and competitive events. Many charitable and social events are scheduled throughout the season, including a benefit boat ride to aid worthy beneficiaries. The power boaters have become known for well organized weekend trips to other ports that are scheduled throughout the summer. The spirit of fine yachting is reflected in the activities of the power boaters at the South Shore Yacht Club.
South Shore Yacht Club has a long and distinguished tradition of sponsoring and encouraging sailboat racing. The race program includes a full range of activities, all scheduled, promoted and supervised by the South Shore Yacht Club Race Committee. This Race Committee has become known for its outstanding understanding of the rules of racing, and running well organized and exciting racing events. The Club is known throughout the Great Lakes as an active sailing yacht club. Our members have done particularly well in regional, national, and international competition.
The Queen's Cup is one of the most coverted trophies in racing. The race is the high point of the South Shore Yacht Club sailing season. The race is traditionally held at the end of June. The Cup itself is one of the oldest known cups in world yachting that is still offered for competition every year. Since the race is held at night, it is always thrilling. The only predictable part of the race is how unpredictable it will be. Ever changing conditions on Lake Michigan, and the night time factor make this race the most interesting event in all of racing. The Queen's Cup race has roots that trace back to an era long ago. The Cup itself dates from an age when the British Victorian silver work and English sailing yachts were without rival. Markings on the cup show it was crafted by the silversmith firm of Robert Gerrard, located at 29 Panton Street, St. Martins, England in 1847-1848. For more than seventy years the Queen's Cup race and Queen's Cup trophy have symbolized the spirit of fine yachtsmen and competition. You can view the Queen's Cup throughout the year in the Club's trophy case located in the main lounge area. The South Shore Yacht Club is proud of this annual event. We invite you to become part of this grand tradition in sailing and continue the fine yachting spirit that began over seventy years ago.
Joining South Shore Yacht Club is Easy!
Fill out a Membership Application and submit it to the club along with a $100.00 filing fee.
If there is no waiting list of prospective members you will be considered for membership within 30 days. Otherwise, your name will be added to the SSYC Membership Waiting List. The $100.00 filing fee will be applied to your membership fees at the time of your initiation.
Initiation Fee $850
Annual Dues $600
Monthly Bar and Restaurant minimum spend $40