Duck Island Yacht Club (DIYC) was founded in 1932 and took its name
from the island just off the entrance to the Patchogue and
Menunketesuck Rivers in Westbrook, CT. DIYC is a charter member of
the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) and has had an
active racing program since the 1930’s. The Club is now known for
its racing, cruising and social activities. The member fleet
consists of racing and cruising vessels ranging from 15 to 52 feet.
The Clubhouse, built in 1987, is located off Hammock Dock Road near
the “Singing Bridge” on Route 1 in Westbrook. DIYC is situated in a
great boating area; it is next to Pilot’s Point Marina on the
Patchogue River, and within minutes of L. I. Sound.
DIYC is known as one of the premier racing clubs on L. I. Sound. We
run more than 50 races each season. Our program consists of: three
ECSA events – the Spring Regatta, an Overnight Race, and an end of
the season Thundermug Regatta; three Wednesday night series (at
least four classes, canvas and spinnaker); a Thursday night one
design series for JY-15s and Etchells; a single-handed/double-handed
race; the Hall Series for female skippers; and a Sunday afternoon
series in the fall. In addition, DIYC sponsors regional one-design
regattas, and the Special Olympics Sailing Program.
Although DIYC earned its reputation as a racing club, many of our
members are exclusively cruisers, while other members both cruise
and race. DIYC has an active cruising program, geared for both
novice and experienced cruisers. We have at least eight weekend
cruises planned each year from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
Favorite places include Block Island, Coecles Harbor, Mattituck,
Three Mile Harbor, Port Jefferson, Greenport and Hamburg Cove.
The highlight of the cruising season is the Annual Summer Cruise
(two or three weeks duration, but there is always opportunity to
link up for a few days to a week). Destinations have included Maine,
Boston, Provincetown, Buzzard’s Bay, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard,
Narragansett Bay and New York City
DIYC maintains moorings at Block Island, Fishers Island, Greenport,
Sag Harbor, and Westbrook for use by Active and Conditional members.
In addition, many yacht clubs extend guest privileges to members of
Social activities form the link between all DIYC members and their
guests. During the winter, we have winter social gatherings at the
homes of members.
The first big event of the spring season is the Carry-In Supper
which includes a nautical auction and raffle. Our Commissioning Day
Party is held early in May to correspond with the start of the DIYC
Informal social gatherings are held at the Clubhouse throughout the
boating season. These include special parties held at the end of
each regatta and race series, and other functions ranging from
spaghetti dinners to mystery plays. The highlight of the summer
season is the Annual Meeting and Clambake, held in August. The
season ends with the Annual Awards Banquet in November.
Guests are always welcome at any DIYC activity.