CLYC Sailing History     

     The CLYC was formed in 1948 to provide a robust sailing program for young people on Crooked Lake, with Inter-Club regattas with similar clubs on Walloon, Burt, and Charlevoix Lakes and the Bay.  With excellent sailing instruction and Crooked Lake’s tricky winds, CLYC sailors often swept 1st through 3rd place in the annual Bay Regattas.

     The CLYC first racing fleet were Nipper sailboats (12’ wooden slightly decked dingy built by Ray Greene in Toledo Ohio).  In order to increase Nipper’s speed, members added a bowsprit to so they could fly a jib. 

     In the 1960’s Tom Graham established a fleet of Rebel sailboats – the first production fiberglass one-design sailboat again built by Ray Greene in Toledo.   At slightly over 16' and with a large steel center board, Rebels were very stable and easy to sail.  And while it typically had a crew of two, it could hold six in the roomy cockpit for day sailing. 

      Tom Graham later organized the Crooked Lake Sailors to provide sailing lessons to the many children in the area using Tag-along boats and with Margie Graham as the sailing instructor.  

     The Club eventually turned to Sunfish in the 1980's since they are sailed by one adult (thus no need for a crew) or two kids, and they are very easy to rig and sail.  At 14’ and 120 pounds, the Sunfish has become the most popular fiberglass boat ever designed.    

     Several CLYC members helped reestablish the Crooked Lake Sailors in 2010 as a separate 501(c)(4) organization to offer sailing lessons to all kids and adults in the area.  And after Margie Graham became Director in 2012, the Crooked Lake Sailors fleet of boats and number of both adult and youth students has dramatically increased-- with a focus on hands-on sailing.   

     See www.crookedlakesailors.org for more information.

     While the it is a separate organization with a separate Board and Officers and a specific educational mission, CLYC members provide financial and other support to the Crooked Lake Sailors.