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Why Tuscarora Yacht Club

TYC is a Yacht Club with 54 years of history and tradition. We have been located in Wilson Harbor since the club's inception in 1968. TYC is committed to and very much feels part of the community of Wilson, NY. We feel TYC helps in a small way define what is "Wilson Harbor". Our club is a family club with a growing number of younger families, many of which are second and third generation "TYC'ers". It is a great place to learn and grow not only your seamanship but also your friendships.


The Advantages of TYC

Beautiful facilities. Our clubhouse is of generous size, holding up to 100 people for events, a large fully equipped kitchen, and a warm fireplace. Members enjoy access to the kitchen and the club cookware, and can store food in our two restaurant quality fridges.

Our facilities also feature:

  • Gas dock
  • Pump-Out Station
  • Slips with unmetered power and water
  • Men's and women's showers
  • We also have for sale 24x7 ice, soda, and ice cream
  • Grilling stations
  • An outdoor firepit (for late night marshmallow roasts)

Easy access to your boat. Our clubhouse is located on an island and our circular road lets you park within 20 feet of your boat for ease of loading and unloading.

Child friendly. A single bridge provides access to the island making it easy to keep track of your little bundles of energy. The road has a 5mph speed limit so you don't have to worry about high speed car traffic.

Lake Ontario. Being located on the west end of Lake Ontario we are less susceptible to the common western winds than Lake Erie. Ontario is also deeper than Lake Erie and so the waves are typically lower. Storms on Lake Ontario also give more warning than on Lake Erie so you are less likely to be caught out in weather.

Social events. We have numerous parties during the season where you can get enjoy the friendships you will form here.

Free entertainment. The restaurant across the harbor has bands perform outdoors on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. You can come to that side of the island and listen as you like.

Sailboat racing. If you like to race, Wilson Harbor is home to the Wilson Harbor Yacht Racing Association (WHYRA) and a good percentage of racers are TYC members. Even if you aren't a racer, seeing 10-15 boats going around the pins is a beautiful sight.

Reciprocals. Yacht club traditionally form agreements allowing members of other clubs to stay with them at very low rates or even for free (for limited stays). And TYC is within easy reach of many other yacht clubs on Lake Ontario allowing you to take full advantage of your reciprocal rights.

Affordability. The expense for keeping your boat at TYC is very comparable to a marina and often less. Our members perform volunteer maintenance around the club and the savings result in lower slip rates, haul out fees and storage fees. We have no restaurant or bar and therefore naturally have no minimum monthly commitments in this regard.

Easy access to town. The town of Wilson offers many accommodations and it is an easy walk to any of the places listed below:

  • Several restaurants with a variety of atmospheres
  • A grocery store
  • Cookie store
  • A gas station

Seminars. We offer seminars during the season on a variety of subjects, which are either free or very inexpensive ($10 or so).

Stewards. TYC employs stewards during the season that can assist you with various (reasonable) tasks such as bringing your boat into your slip if help is needed.

Friendly Members. Last but not least, our membership is a friendly group who are always ready to welcome new people to our fold, and to lend a helping hand to a slip neighbor.


Membership Applications and Information

The Tuscarora Yacht Club is currently accepting applications for membership from people who share a desire to "promote and encourage all phases of boating and water activities", and, be located at your personal "Gateway to Lake Ontario"! We have slips available and can accommodate those with larger boats.

The Tuscarora Yacht Club is ideally situated on a sheltered island and the adjacent shoreline in the unique & beautiful Wilson Harbor, at the edge of the village of Wilson, NY.

Founded in 1968, TYC has over 135 slips, all having access to shorepower and potable water! Our club house offers clean, comfortable rest rooms with showers and dressing areas, a complete kitchen for use by members and guests, all along with a delightful patio overlooking the harbor channel and Lake Ontario! The Yacht Club's facilities includes spacious grounds, a playground for children, a gas dock for members, and on-island winter storage for boats.

The social events are numerous throughout the year, and TYC is a reciprocating club, exchanging hospitality with other U.S. and Canadian Clubs. For sailors who enjoy racing, TYC hosts the weekly Wilson Harbor Yacht Racing Association races. We have the best mix of people any boater could hope for; They're more than willing to lend a hand and to advise someone in need of help.

TYC offers a complete boating experience for the entire family. Our docking, membership and winter storage fees are very affordable - probably the best boating value in Western New York! When you factor in the ambiance, the facility, the people, and the value, the Tuscarora Yacht Club may well be your optimum boating choice !!

"FULL" Membership is offered to boat owners who dock at TYC. "SOCIAL" Memberships are available to non-owners, or to owners from other ports.

We invite you to peruse our website…EXPERIENCE the events, news, calendar and picture galleries.

Every TYC Member will look forward to meeting you and to personally welcome you and your family into the Tuscarora Yacht Club.

We would like very much to show you firsthand everything TYC has to offer! Please email us for additional information, membership inquiries, or if you would like a personal tour of our Club. We look forward to hearing from you!

Membership Chairmen Jeff and Sandy Jordan for further information 716-432-9064

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