Our History

Port Ludlow Marina when the Port Ludlow Yacht Club was founded.

Port Ludlow Marina when the Port Ludlow Yacht Club was founded.


Established In 1972

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On a cold afternoon in 1972 with snow covering the boats in the moorage, a group of local skippers were warming themselves in the Beach Club.

Conversation centered on the lack of social activity in Port Ludlow during the winter months. Those present also wanted to do something to enhance the sense of camaraderie during the summer boating season. And so the Port Ludlow Yacht Club was founded with Roland Calkins elected as the first commodore.

Forty-five years later, the club has an active roster of over 200 members that participate in dozens of cruises, sailings and social functions each year. We enjoy reciprocal privileges with over 100 yacht clubs. More than 200 boats use our reciprocal docks each year.

Social events are hosted at the Beach Club, Bay Club, and Wreck Room. This is a volunteer organization and the vast majority of our members attend our regular schedule of activities. The cruising and sail schedules have increased substantially with special and joint events for sail and powerboats. Several members have taken extensive cruises to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific Rim, and beyond.

The Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month except August, and members are welcome to attend. There are two all-member business meetings each year. Theme dinners like crab feasts, salmon bakes, or barbecues may accompany other meetings throughout the year. There are also special events such as Training Day, Marine Exchanges, Opening Day, Change of Watch, and Holiday on the Docks.

2010 was a pivotal year in club history with the opening of our land-based facility, the Wreck Room. Available to PLYC members, guests, and reciprocal yacht clubs during regular hours and for special events, the Wreck Room has become the focal point of our club and hosts many of our traditional events, special activities, and committee meetings throughout the year.