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
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
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
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
Picnics & Parties (members only) – PYC
hosts four parties during the year (tentative):
• Commissioning – May 14, 2016
• Mid-Summer Party – July 23, 2016
• Decommissioning – Oct. 15, 2016
• Annual Cocktail Party & Awards – Nov. 12, 2016
Reserving the club (members only) for private parties for
12 to 75 people is available for a modest donation. ›› more
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 Kathryn Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Here's to a great and safe 2016 season at Pettipaug.
PYC Commodore, 2016/17
Membership Info & Application (PDF)
P.O. Box 372,
Essex, CT 06426
Clubhouse Phone & Email
Officers' Contact Info
Vice Commodore & PSA Chairman
(In charge of Grounds & Buildings)
Treasurer & PSA Registrar
Great Meadow Road,
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
• 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.