The Lake Harriet Yacht Club is a non-profit corporation formed in 1947 to promote sailboat racing on Lake Harriet. Currently the Club conducts races for MC, M Scows, 420s, Optimists and Open class boats.

Races are held from May through September on Wednesday evenings, Saturday afternoons, Sunday mornings, and Holiday mornings.

Other Club activities include a fall regatta, women’s sailing clinics, Youth Sailing, Adaptive Sailing and racing seminars. The Club also sponsors year-round social events. 


The racing fleets (MC scows, and M scows) are privately owned by club members. Our Youth Sailing (Optimists and 420s) and Adaptive Sailing (Mini Illusions) Programs have club-owned boats for LHYC member use (i.e. boat ownership not required). Boat ownership is also not required for Sailor and Social Memberships.

Beginning in 2016, all memberships with the Lake Harriet Yacht Club will follow a Base Rate + Activity Fee system. Click here to join today.

The Base Rate membership for all households is $45.

Adaptive Sailing, Sailor and Social Memberships are at the Base Rate: $45

The Racing Fee (charged per boat) is an additional $175. Racers sharing boats will now need to coordinate payment offline between themselves.

The Youth Sailing Program Fee is an additional $35 for 1 child. For 2 or more children per family, the fees increase by an additional $25. Fees max out at 2 children per family, but all children may participate.

See the chart below for examples of membership fees.

All memberships entitle participants to attend sailing events, seminars and social activities. Membership has one vote per household at Club business meetings. The vote may be cast by any member of the household who is age 16 or older.

Find more information on our membership form page. To participate in the Racing or Youth Sailing programs, please choose the corresponding Activity Fee(s) to find your total amount on the Membership Form.


*All racing fees are discounted 50% after the July 4th Race Series

*Existing Members: Refer a new member to LHYC and receive a 50% discount on your membership.

*New Members: Buy a sailboat and receive a free one-year Racing Fee (must still join at the Sailor (base rate) $45 level).

Contact for more information about discounted membership offers. 

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