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.

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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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CYC's Wanigan Crew makes it a "3-Peat" winning the 2015 Wanigan Raft Race

CYC was "In it to Win It" and we did again in 2015, a “3-Peat” beating arch rival Beaver Trap by 1 minute and (18) seconds.   We blew away last year’s time by 3+ minutes!!  Must have been Bill Calver’s flow analysis and the additional flotation.
Thank you Paddlers:  Steve Konicki (Captain), Tom Morrish (Helmsman), Bill Calver, Todd Hayden, Kevin Chatman and Karl Trost!! 
CYC won the 1st Place trophy (a wooden paddle with “Lega Sea” First Place affixed), the $300 cash prize and return of the $50 entry fee.  Congratulations Team for a job well done!!  The weather was sunny and cool with a following wind, perfect conditions for the paddlers to win again.   The food was yummy (hamburgers with all the sides) and the Cheboygan Brewery’s “Lighthouse Amber” flowed freely.  I guess too freely:  we ran out and had to switch to canned Yuengling.  Thank you Party hosts and volunteers for a job well done, again! 
Thank you Rick & B.D. Gillig, Wanigan Co-Chair.  Bill & Jan Elliott, Bob Nissley,  Al & Anna Herrmann, Bing & Mary Stroh (Pre-Race Party Hosts), Ed & Shirley Spangler (Post-Race Party Hosts), Randy Lee (Safety Boat), Dave & Cathy Calver and Tom Crook (Parade coordinator).  Thanks to all the committee members who worked hard to get CYC in a position to defend its title as “Wanigan Raft Race World Champions.”   Thanks to the design, construction and transportation crew of Bill Elliott, Bob Nissley and Randy Lee 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” last year. Tom came up with a great theme of “River Pirates” for this year and unfortunately, the parade was cancelled at the last minute. Tom had made a huge cannon and had rallied the potential parade participants to purchase/make pirate costumes for the event.  (It would have been fantastic!)  Also many Thanks and Kudos 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.
The awards ceremony was held this year behind the horseshoe pits and immediately after the conclusion of the race.  It was very gratifying to see all the CYC red shirts supporting the Wanigan committee and paddler team.  Thanks CYC members and guests for supporting another outstanding Wanigan series of activities.

See the PHOTOS page for lots of pictures courtesy of Kathie Nihls 

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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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