I was raised in a boating family. When I was very young most of our boating took place on small inland lakes around the Oakland county area. Around the time I became a teenager my father decided the family should venture out to Lake St. Clair, Gull island was one of our first destinations. Soon the 17' Chris Craft was replaced with a cabin cruiser, we joined a local boat club and the rest is history.
Every time we would venture up the North Channel, Chrysler Yacht Club (CYC) would catch my eye. There was always something going on there, I was curious. It was not until later in my life that I had my chance to be a guest at the North Channel Yacht Club (formerly known as CYC) to attend the ABYA Spring dinner dance.
The history of the building and grounds were impressive not to mention the family atmosphere. The beauty of the well-maintained grounds and building were next to none. The location of the island on the North Channel provided some beautiful views out into Anchor Bay.
Make your way inside the club house to find members socializing or watching the big screen TV at the well-maintained bar. It was Friday, and a weekly dinner was being prepare in the NCYC commercial kitchen for later that evening; there was even a room for the younger members to enjoy their own TV or games that were provided by the club. Rendezvous and Club parties were planned for the summer. There was something for everyone to get involved in.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that all that NCYC had to offer was based around the fact that it was a working club, the members provided all the labor. I believe this instills a great amount of pride in a member and builds a cohesive member ship. This also keeps the dues at an affordable cost and opens the club up to a more diverse boating population.
It was not until a few years later that Terri and I were approached to join NCYC. It was after a long weekend at the ABYA spring dinner dance, held at NCYC, that PC Rick Romatz and Archie Archibald asked Terri and I join the club. We gladly accepted and are very proud of being members.
We all have talents that the club could benefit from. When asked to get involved over and beyond the call of duty please consider your choice, a club does not live by dues alone.
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The North Channel Yacht Club is located on an island surrounded by some of the cleanest Great Lakes water you will ever find. It is also in the middle of the St. Clair Flats, which offers the greatest boating environment in the world! From small inflatable boats to large cabin cruisers, you are never too far from a great anchoring spot, fishing or swimming hole.
Our island has much to offer as well. You can sit in the cool shade provided by a willow tree, take a casual walk on the perimeter boardwalk, fish from the seawall or catch an amazing sunset over Anchor Bay. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at horse shoes, volleyball or basketball. If the little ones are with you, they can use the playground, equipped with swings, merry-go-round and jungle gym.
When you have had your fill of the outdoors, you can head into the air-conditioned clubhouse and grab some refreshments from the bar, catch a game on the TV and enjoy our famous popcorn. Often we host themed weekend dinner events with entertainment. It is not uncommon to participate in a game of floor Jenga, or try your skill at the shuffleboard table.
Although we have a premium facility located in a slice of paradise there is still much more to the club, and that is the NCYC family. When we joined in 2010 it was because of the physical assets and amenities that attracted us, little did we know that an extended family was adopting ours.
NCYC is a working club and because of that we all have an investment into its success. When you participate in a work party, you have the sense of ownership, pride and best of all you are making and establishing life long friendships. We have a full calendar of events and cruises, which would not be possible without membership participation and amazing efforts.
If this is your first year as a member, please do not be afraid to get involved, it will be a life changing experience. You will find that we extend hospitality characteristic of a long established, yet “down to earth,” yacht club. If you are a seasoned member, make sure we are involving our new friends and give them the opportunities that were given to us.