Welcome to the Cheboygan Yacht Club. Glad to have you aboard!

Cheboygan, Michigan is the land of great waters, where Michigan's Inland waterway meets the Straits of Mackinac. Our home port is the gateway to Lake Huron, Mackinac Island, the North Channel, Lake Michigan and the Inland Waterway. The Cheboygan Yacht Club is truly blessed by one of the most dramatic boating and yachting locations on the planet.

The club is over 130 members strong and is dedicated to encouraging the sport of boating and promoting the science of seamanship in this wondrous place. We are committed to providing and maintaining programs for enjoyment of our members and their families, not just during the summer months but all year round.

Latest News

CYC has Teamed with the Jaycees to operate the 2016 World Championship Wanigan Race .. June 24-25

This year's 2016 World Championship Wanigan Race organization has been underway since last summer.  CYC's Steering Comittee meets with the Cheboygan Jaycees bi-weekly to fine tune the various activities, management, sponsorship, marketing and volunteers to insure maximum competitor participation in this year's race.  More information will follow and be email blasted to CYC members as it becomes available.


Click on the following Links for more 2016 Wanigan Race information and a video of past competitors: 



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2014 Wine Tasting Enjoyed by all who attended

Thirty (30) members and guests attended this year's 9th Annual CYC "Betty Brown" Wine Tasting Social that was hosted at Jim and Kathie Nihls' home on September 27th.

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Robert Falk wins the coveted CYC Commodore Trophy by 1.15 minutes beating son Matt.

CYC’s Small Sailboat Racing Regatta (SSRR) was held on Saturday, August 23, at the Mullett Lake Township Park under sunny skies.  The day started with dense fog in the morning but turned out to be a fantastic day for the event with wind building out of the east at 10-12 mph.  Winds have been light the last three years resulting in cancellation of the final two heat races.  This year’s weather was ideal for small boat races, sunny and mild with moderate wind.   There were 14 CYC members and guests who participated in this year's sailboat races.  Awards were presented to the top three places in each fleet.  Kudos to Kevin Killeen and Bernie McInnes for showing excellent beginner seamanship in trying something far outside their comfort zone!  Kevin won the Stink Boaters challenge fleet after receiving sailing instructions from B. D. Gillig earlier in the morning.  Congratulations to the winners and all who participated.  This year's winners are as follows: 

Kevin Killeen

Stink Boaters

1st Place

B. D. Gillig


1st Place

Robert Falk

Seniors (65 & Up)

1st Place

Matt Falk

Experienced Sailors

1st Place

Robert Falk

Commodore Trophy Race

1st Place

 The Falks (Father & Son) cleaned up in 2014



An enthusiastic group of about 50+ CYC members and guests enjoyed a day of sailing, sunbathing, cheering, relaxing and boating followed by a yummy cookout that included brats, baked beans, salads and cookies for dessert and a keg of Cheboygan Brewery beer.  Randy Lee kept the wet sailors warm with a hot fire burning most of the day.  Those members who were not in attendance missed one of CYC's best events of 2014.


Special thanks goes to SSRR Committee Co-Chair Bill and Jan Elliott, their committee and many volunteers for another outstanding event.  This event requires a lot of hard work preparing the site and transporting, securing and rigging the sailboats as well as the cleanup required after the party is over.  Thanks to Bill Elliott, Don Schorfhaar and Bob Nissley for organizing the event.  Also thanks to Rick Gillig and Mary O’Hare for running the sailboat races.  Tom O’Hare provided the committee boat and Jim Nihls and Roger Benter provided and operated the safety boats along with John DeCarli and his gorgeous wooden Garside launch. Six CYC members donated their sailboats for use.  The multi-talented B.D. Gillig using common sense gestures and techniques instructed the stink boaters and non-sailors on the fine points of sailing.   A lot of ... she really knows how to teach sailing!  Special thanks to Vern and Jackie McCardell who brought their fifth wheel for the ladies to use.  Thanks to Mark Lorenz for providing beer and cooking the brats.  Everyone in attendance shared the work and enjoyed the fun and provided the cheering block for the sailors.  Thanks to Dan Welihan for shooting and editing 1000+ photos as SSRR official photographer.


Please see the Photo page for lots of sailing action and members and guests just chillin out.

Photos courtesy of Dan Welihan and John DeCarli  ... Enjoy !!!

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DELPHINIUM beats NORTHERN LIGHT by 1.65 mins to win the coveted McKinnon Cup Regatta !!

 Another great day for the "4th Annual McKinnon Cup Sailing Regatta" performed on Lake Huron between Bois Blanc Island and the Cheboygan harbor entrance on Sunday, July 13th.  The winner was DELPHINIUM, captained by Jim Ozenberger with a corrected time of 114.11 minutes beating Fred Stone’s NORTHERN LIGHT by a mere 1.65 minutes.  The course was 10.6 nm starting at the Green channel entrance buoy, then rounding 14 ft Shoal Lighthouse, downwind  to Poe Reef Lighthouse, beating back upwind to 14 ft Shoal Lighthouse and then a downwind sail to the finish line in front of Cynthia Buell’s beach house where all the spectators gathered to view the race finish.  Weather was fantastic, sunny with W/NW winds 20-23 with gusts to 26 mph.  Six sailboats participated in the Regatta which made it a very competitive race.  The beat to windward from Poe Reef Lighthouse back to 14 ft Shoal Lighthouse was bruising and resulted in some equipment failures and one boat to drop out of the race.  For those sailors who enjoy the challenge of “rail-in-the water,” it was great!

Sixty plus CYC members and guests enjoyed the yummy picnic and awards ceremony emceed by Commodore, Jim Nihls, and Fred & Kathleen Stone, Co-Chair of the 2014 McKinnon Cup Regatta.  Thanks to Fred and Kathleen and all the committee members, especially host Cynthia Buell who helped make this year's event another great success!  Entertainment was provided by the outstanding Cheboygan High School Jazz Combo.

Please see the Photo page for lots of Sailing action around the course!!

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CYC Wins by 9 seconds and Defends its Wanigan Raft Race Champion Title

CYC was "In it to Win It" and we did Again.... beating arch rival Beaver Trap by nine seconds.   We blew away last year’s time by 3 minutes!!  Thank you Paddlers: Steve Konicki (Captain), Tom Morrish (Helmsman), Bill Calver, Mark Oberman, Todd Hayden and Pete Patrick!!  CYC won the 1st Place trophy and the $500 cash prize !! and the “Most Spirited Award” with return of the $200 entry fee.  Wow that’s $700! Congratulations Team for a job well done!!

Thanks to all committee members and many volunteers, Co-Chaired by Rick and B.D. Gillig, who worked hard to get CYC in a position to defend its title as “Wanigan Raft Race World Champions.”  We accomplished this feat within three years of "Just do it," by Past Commodore, Tom Crook in 2011.  Thanks to the design, construction and transportation crew of Bill Elliott, Bob Nissley, Skip Uber and Randy Lee for their tireless hours spent getting the raft competitive and our Captain Steve Konicki who recruited and prepared the paddlers to win again.  Special thanks to Tom Crook, Wanigan Parade Coordinator, who was instrumental in winning the “Most Spirited Award” with this year’s theme of “Smoke on the Water” with his band of Hippies.  Also many thanks to hosts of the Pre-Race party, Bing and Mary Stroh, and Post-Race party, Ed and Shirley Spangler, for hosting CYC members and guests as they cheered the paddlers onto victory again.  All in all, it was a great weekend of events for CYC to celebrate.

Please see the Photo Page for lots of Photos of the 2014 Wanigan Festivities.  There are many more Photos to be added during the next few weeks so stop back.  Enjoy!!

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