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Commodore's Welcome

Greetings members and visitors to PYC's website and to the wonderful world of dinghy sailing, shell rowing and all things outdoors on the Connecticut River in Essex, Conn.

PYC is a seasonal yacht club beginning its "commissioned" year in May and ending in September. The club offers its members access to a special spot on the river across from Joshua's Rock, Brockway Island, Hamburg Cove and Selden Creek.

Our sailing venue is a shallow (2'-4' at low tide), tidal basin about 10 miles up river from Long Island Sound, a great venue for dinghy sailors of all levels. PYC's clubhouse sits on the western shore of the basin between Essex and Deep River. The channel for regular boat traffic on the Connecticut River runs about a quarter mile away along the eastern shore.

The Pettipaug Sailing Academy (PSA) for junior sailors aged 8 thru 16 runs week days, morning and afternoon, for two sessions from late June to late August. Open to the public and sanctioned by the US Sailing Association, PSA is limited to about 150 junior sailors. Before applying please review the new Deadline Categories for Enrollment. ›› more info

PYC Powerboat Course, which is also offered to the public, is a one-day class for up to ten students and held several times during the summer. Students operate several different types of outboard motorboats for real hands-on learning. ›› more info

PYC Racing is at the heart of PYC's inception in that racing cannot help but advance one's sailing skills. One-class races in centerboard dinghies (typically Blue Jays and Lasers) are held monthly for members. ›› more info

Picnics & Parties (members only) – PYC hosts four parties during the year:
• Commissioning – May 12, 2018
• Mid-Summer Party – July 21, 2018
• Decommissioning – Oct. 13, 2018
• Annual Cocktail Party & Awards – Nov. 10, 2018

Reserving the club (members only) for private parties for 12 to 75 people is available for a modest donation. ›› more info

PYC Work Parties are the neccesary sacrifice of time and labor we give to the club to keep it "shipshape" and the dues low. They're held four times – twice in the spring and fall, respectively. Please mark your calendar and help out if you can. It's good, honest work in a magnificent setting. ›› more info

Storing your boat during the season – Please refer to the map link below for the best place to leave your boat. If you do not already have a PYC sticker on your boat, contact the attendant on duty or Jim Carey at jciaus@yahoo.com. Remember no empty trailers may be stored at Pettipaug. ›› Boat Storage Map

Membership – for those interested, please download and follow precisely our application guidelines. ›› more info

Here's to a great and safe 2018 season at Pettipaug.

Kathryn Ryan
PYC Commodore, 2018/19

PYC 10 Officers

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 372, Essex, CT 06426

Clubhouse Phone & Email
(860) 767-8893


Kathryn Ryan
(860) 227-8908

Amy Gordon Pullin
Vice Commodore
Chair of Pettipaug Sailing Academy
(860) 526-5774

James Carey
Rear Commodore
Chair of House & Grounds
(860) 581-8238

Marian Carson
Registrar of Pettipaug Sailing Academy
(860) 767-1929

PYC By-Laws

Great Meadow Road, Essex, CT

By Car from I-95:
• Take I-95 to Route 9 north (exit 69), at the West end of the Baldwin Bridge.
• Take Exit 3 (Essex) off Route 9 North.
• At the bottom of the ramp turn left.
• At the first light turn right, and go about 0.5 mile looking for the Essex Library on the left. Just past the library, and just before the Essex Town Hall, turn left onto Grove Street.
• Go to the first stop sign and turn left onto North Main Street.
• North Main shortly becomes River Road (no turns required!)
• After a large stone retaining wall on right (about 1.6 miles), PYC sign is on a post at the top of the drive.
• Turn right onto private road. Pettipaug is the first building you come to.