The Peekskill Yacht Club is one of the oldest boat clubs on the Hudson and the membership is very proud of its home port of Peekskill and its long tradition of engagement with the City and Community of Peekskill.
As we recently celebrated our 100th year on the Hudson, we reflect on our past milestones. The official year of our incorporation is 1908 and the records state that we first met at an Annsville creek location. At first the club had no permanent home and was known as the Peekskill Motor Boat Club. In 1915, we leased the site at Travis Point that we now call our homeport, from the New York Central Railroad. In 1936, we changed our name to the Peekskill Yacht Club.
Like many of the clubs on the Hudson, we are a “working club”. What this means is that each member is responsible for a set number of hours that they work for the club. The jobs can be from the cleaning of the club house and grounds to working on the marina docks and also setting poles and docks for the city.
The Peekskill Yacht Club members have always been proud to be an active part of our city. As early as 1909, we were part of the Hudson/Fulton celebration and throughout the years, the club has been part of many city parades and celebrations. We help with the care and use of the city docks both at the riverfront green and boat launch. The City Police boat is stored at our yard. Often it is our members that are first responders when there is a water rescue. We support safe boating classes at our club house and host a Sea Scout Troop as part of our efforts in education. In addition the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is located at our club.
Over the many years that we have been part of the river community, we do all that we can to prove that the people on the river are happy to assist others when called upon. When we first came to Travis Point, we met in a small building at the river’s edge that soon became too small and was torn down. At one time, not so many years ago, we had an old wooden barge as the clubhouse, but keeping it afloat was a difficult task. Now we have a beautiful building near the edge of the river that we often share with groups, such as the Peekskill Garden Club.
From our view as long time Peekskill residents, we have observed many changes on the waterfront. The Riverfront Green Park, the new walkway and the Peekskill Landing Park truly makes our city a jewel on the Hudson. And we can say with great pride that the Peekskill Yacht Club has been an important part of these positive changes.