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The St. Mary's River Yacht Club was founded in 1947 to promote sailing and camaraderie on our beautiful river. When originally formed, a requirement for membership was not only a love of
sailing but also that one’s property was touched by the St Mary’s River. Over the past 75 plus years, things have certainly changed. Today the club has over 150 active members who live on
all four of the major tributaries of St. Mary’s County – St. George Creek, and the Potomac, St. Mary’s and Patuxent Rivers.

Our love of the water is evidenced by the many varied activities of the club. We race, then celebrate our sailing in post-race rendezvous and picnics; we cruise throughout the Chesapeake; many join our boats in a raft up in various locations for social camaraderie and just to enjoy our beautiful watershed; we kayak, paddleboard, row, and practice yoga throughout the area; we pursue instruction in becoming better boaters and sailors; we support the annual Governor’s Cup as the finishing line race committee aboard the Dove; and, we support both the watershed and the local community in several outreach activities to help improve our “neighborhood.” Everything we do is focused first upon our primary goal of having fun.


We are located on the western tip of Southern Maryland, where the Potomac River enters the Chesapeake Bay. The St Mary’s River surrounds historic St. Mary's City, the first capitol of Maryland, Trinity Church, and is the home of St. Mary's College of Maryland and its national and champion sailors.


Our yacht club has no clubhouse or club facilities for reciprocity with other clubs; however, there are several marinas on the river for visitors. Our membership provides the venues for our many social events. The river depth averages 15 to 20 feet up to Horseshoe Point with numerous peaceful anchorages. If you’d like additional information on becoming a member of our yacht club, please visit that tab on this website or contact our Membership Chair, Doug Engel, We wish you fair winds and following seas!

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