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Over a century ago, around 1884, wealthy sportsmen whose leisure time was spent hunting, fishing, and cruising on luxurious yachts, decided to form a yacht club. In New Smyrna Beach they found an ideal location for cruising and holding regattas. The great industrialists and Europeans with titles traveled and sailed for weeks just to spend their leisure time in this wonderful cruising area. 

In 1928 plans for Smyrna Yacht Club. Thirty-Six families were charter members and a wealthy investor, Russ J. Christy, became the first Commodore, serving in that capacity for 6 years. 
In the thirties, land was leased from the city to build a Clubhouse. 

Smyrna Yacht Club, nestled in an exotic setting, soon became a landmark along the Indian River. To this day, the Spanish Renaissance styling is preserved and often admired by members of other Clubs in the Florida Council.

Smyrna Yacht Club made social history in 1932, when it sponsored an international regatta. Sportsman and fans from England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden & Cuba joined U.S. enthusiasts. The grand prize was the tall silver Lipton Cup Trophy, now permanently on display in the Club’s trophy case. It’s one of twelve trophies deeded to Clubs around the U.S. by the tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton and is the only one in Florida!  

As membership grew, a ballroom, bar and swimming pool were added. In the 1970’s, The Board and members worked hard to upgrade the Club facilities, add more activities, and improve management.  The Women Improvement Committee (WIC) changed their name to SYC Ladies and continued to provide improvements to the Club with fundraising activities. 
SYC was the 20th Club to join the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs in 1977.

In 1987 an in-house project of a Tiki Hut was born, featuring fast foods and liquid refreshments.
In 2014, the Time Capsule Committee was formed by the Commodore & the Board for a capsule to contain our Club History & sealed until the Club’s 125th Anniversary in 2053. We celebrated our 90th Anniversary in 2018.

Membership continues to grow as the Club goes through planned renovations and improvements. We have a rich history of which we are proud and continue to carry the legacy forward to the future.