Forest City Yacht Club located just minutes from downtown Cleveland, Ohio is one of the best yacht clubs on the southern shores of Lake Erie to enjoy boating and year-round activities with family and friends.
Our wide range of amenities, full schedule of events, family friendly environment and safe harbor makes Forest City Yacht Club one of the most desirable clubs in Cleveland.
Dockage Now Available
The membership and dockage rates are more affordable than you think.
Forest City Yacht Club currently has docks available for sailboats and powerboats ranging in size from 16' to 40'.
Please contact Forest City Yacht Club at 216-361-9857 for more information and a private tour of the club facilities.
Established in 1938, the success of Forest City Yacht Club is a direct result of the dedication and commitment of its members. Forest City Yacht Club is truly one of the friendliest clubs on the southern shores of Lake Erie.
Home to more than 125 sailboats and powerboats, our members, their families and guests enjoy exciting year-round social events, swimming, picnicking and just plain relaxation.
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:00
Membership Meeting .. Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Installion .. Saturday, January 11, 2014
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:30
Deadline 1st Half Dues .. Saturday, February 1, 2014
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00
Dock Bidding .. Sunday February 9, 2014
Membership Meeting .. Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00
Past Commodore's Pot Luck Suspended Until 2015
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:30
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00
Membership Meeting .. Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00
Membership Meeting .. Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:00
Commodore's Ball .. Saturday, April 12, 2014
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30
1st Clean-Up Day .. Saturday, April 26, 2014
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:00
Membership Meeting .. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:30
Queen's Dinner .. Saturday, May 17, 2014
Deadline Boats Off Fill .. Sunday, May 25, 2014
Memorial Day Service .. Monday, May 26, 2014
2nd Clean-Up Day .. Saturday, May 31, 2014
Board Meeting .. Tuesay, June 3, 2014 at 7:00
Launch Party .. Saturday, June 7, 2014
Deadline Equipment Off Fill .. Monday, June 9, 2014
Deadline Masts Off Mast Rack .. Monday, June 9, 2014
Membership Meeting .. Friday, June 13, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:30
Deadline 2nd Half Dues .. Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:00
Hot Dog Roast .. Friday, July 4, 2014
Holiday Cruise .. Friday, July 4, 2014
Pot Luck .. Saturday, July 5, 2014
Club Cruise .. Friday, July 11, 2014 to Sunday, July 13, 2014
Princess Pat Race .. Friday, July 18, 2014 and Saturday, July 19, 2014
Regatta .. Friday, August 1, 2014 to Sunday, August 3, 2014
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:00
Ice Cream Social .. Saturday, August 30, 2014
Pancake Breakfast .. Sunday, August 31, 2014
Ice Cream Social .. Monday, September 1, 2014
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:00
Membership Meeting .. Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:00
Membership Meeting (Election of Officers) .. Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30
Clambake .. Saturday, October 18, 2014
Past Presidents Chili Cookoff .. Saturday, October 25, 2014
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00
Last Day for Lift Out .. Sunday, November 9, 2014
Membership Meeting .. (Change of Watch) Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. (Election of Officers) Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30
Board Meeting .. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:00
Holiday Party .. Saturday, December 6, 2014
Children's Christmas Party .. Sunday, December 7, 2014
Membership Meeting .. Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00
Ladies Auxilary Meeting .. Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30
New Year Pot Luck .. Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Located just a few miles East of downtown Cleveland, and minutes from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Cleveland Browns Stadium, and Burke Lakefront Airport.
Forest City Yacht Club
5301 North Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44114
In the summer of 1938, dockage was obtained at Yacht Terminals Inc., a boat storage facility, now called Sailing Inc. Dockage consisted of four-by-four pilings and two-by-four docks. The docks were constructed behind two sunken 100-foot barges, and were rented on a first-come-first-serve basis.
On August 20th 1939 the group held its first meeting and decided to name the club Forest City Yacht Club. During the months that followed, a charter was obtained from the state of Ohio. A club burgee was designed and approved.
In October 1941 a severe northeast storm hit Cleveland around 11 p.m. one evening, and led to destruction of the Yacht Terminals harbor. A week or so later an even more severe storm hit Cleveland and Yacht Terminals. The storm broke up the barges, and about 25 boats. Some boats 30' in length were reduced to kindling wood.
Not much progress was made until 1942 when a big break came. Land and water rights on a tract of undeveloped waterfront property adjoining Cleveland's Municipal Light Plant was acquired from Yacht Terminals Inc. A land fill was started north into Lake Erie, then veering westward over an old packet freighter called The Sturgeon, making it one of the safest harbors on the south shore of Lake Erie.
In the spring of 1946 the crane was ready for use. One drawback - The winches had to be hand cranked.
Plans were made for the clubhouse in 1948. Construction was started in the spring of 1949, and in no time there was a 20' x 40' clubhouse.
In 1952 the crane was motorized, eliminating the need to hand crack boats in and out of the water.
The center docks were installed in 1955. Two war surplus winches were purchased and installed on the crane, which completely motorized the crane. On December 12th the lease request had its first council hearing.
April 14th 1956 celebrated the signing of a new lease.
Construction began in 1958 on new north shore main docks. An addition to the clubhouse was added that doubled it in size. In 1968, another addition was added to the clubhouse, which included new rest rooms, showers and a storage room.
The old south dock was ripped out and rebuilt in 1975, catwalks were raised, and some badly needed pilings were driven.
On March 30th 1979 Forest City Yacht Club had the privilege of signing the first lease given to a Cleveland yacht club by the State of Ohio covering ten years with a five-year option.
In August 1980, ground was broken for the new John "Pop" Suvak Memorial service building. The building was dedicated in November. New electrical service was installed on the docks in 1981. The crane was renovated, and the restrooms were remodeled. A new 30 amp electrical system was completed on south and center docks in 1982.
The crane came crashing down in July 1983. Luckily no one was injured. Spurred on by the Commodore and with the help of many staunch volunteers the new rail crane was completed by lift out.
In August 1985 a leak was detected at the gas dock. In December the old gas dock paraphernalia was removed and replaced complete with a new tank, plumbing, and pump. The Clubhouse was remodeled and new windows and doors were installed. The members constructed the center dock pavilion.
Forest City Yacht Club celebrated it's 50th year anniversary in 1989.
The 90's brought a clubhouse expansion that included a large room on the North side, larger bathrooms and storage facilities. The center dock was expanded and wood decking was installed on center dock due to rising waters.
The millennium brought many new services and amenities to Forest City Yacht Club including several improvements to the docks, parking lots and walkways. A new entrance into the clubhouse was constructed with a canopy and a swimming pool was constructed. The ongoing improvements allow Forest City Yacht Club to enjoy an incredible reputation among members and guests.
Board of Trustees
The purpose of the Board of Trustees is to control and oversee all business, policies, and finances of Forest City Yacht Club.
The Board of Trustees consists of the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Fleet Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, the immediate Past Commodore and three regular members.
Commodore.. Keith Scharf
Vice Commodore.. Brian Winter
Rear Commodore.. Rodney Desilets
Fleet Captain.. Kevin Mousty
Secretary.. Penny Gleason
Treasurer.. Bob Horvath
Financial Secretary.. Tom Bregar
Trustees.. Tim Morrison and Jane Poland
Since the formation of the Ladies Auxiliary in 1944, the Auxiliary has played an important role in the development of Forest City Yacht Club.
Their many activities include beautifying club grounds, spring fitting out lunches, and sponsoring of social events throughout the year. The ladies have given financial assistance in the building of the clubhouse plus many of the improvements necessary in the clubhouse and on the grounds.
President.. Michele Winter
Vice President.. Vickie Mousty
Secretary.. Karen Briggs
Treasurer.. Shirley Marcinko