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From the Bridge


      Susan Hillers      


At the Helm

In 1951, five gentlemen embarked on a cruise to Englewood Cliffs, NJ aboard a 74-foot powerboat. The purpose of the cruise was to discuss the birth of a yacht club, guidelines for its existence and the designation of a venue. Referring to a copy of the constitution from the Larchmont Yacht Club to assist in their deliberations, a formal vote was taken and on May 1, 1953, 33 local residents signed the Certificate of Incorporation to formally create the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club. The Club remained an all-male yacht club until 1983 when the first female member was accepted and in 1996 the first female Commodore was inducted.
It gives me great pleasure to serve as the fifth female and 65th Commodore of the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club and to have this opportunity to thank you for visiting our website.

Since its founding, the mission of the Club has been to foster and further the sport of yachting; to sponsor sailing instructions; and to promote the social interests and pleasures of its members. Therefore, it is important to continue to grow and stabilize our membership and to revisit the vision of the small boat committee for the sake of our young sailors.

My float plan for 2017 is to sustain the number of new members through stronger inclusion efforts in the Club sponsored cruises, races, parties, and other events throughout the season. Volunteering is what keeps the Club going and the friendships you make will be life-long, so I encourage each of you to join a committee and help where you can.

Secondly, we are in the entertainment business and our members come to have fun and enjoy themselves. We offer a wide variety of programs and the Club relies heavily on its members to plan and staff the Club sponsored cruises, races, parties, and other events throughout the season. So I invite our members and guests to check our calendar of events regularly for updates.

We have one of the most picturesque views from our Bar and Galley of Sandy Hook Bay with the New York skyline in the distance.  To promote a more family-oriented club, I invite you to bring your family and friends and enjoy our variety of refreshments and culinary offerings. The Chef welcomes the opportunity to assist all committees and members with planning that “special occasion”. Seasoned with the right amount of publicity we have the perfect recipe for smooth sailing into the Club’s future.

The Flag Officers and Board Members are proud of our Special Olympics Sailing Program, the Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program (AHSEP) for young sailors, and a full schedule of racing and cruising events for members and visiting yachtsmen. The Yacht Club has become a welcoming stop for long-distance cruisers, vessels in transit and a popular destination for recreational boaters; offering a safe haven in our mooring field. We want to continue to extend our hospitality to all visiting cruisers, racers and neighboring yacht club members.

Together whether a member or guest, I look forward to having you join us for a year filled with great club activities, camaraderie, smooth sailing and calm seas.


Ed Yates

  Vice Commodore





Thomas Gardner
  Rear Commodore

On the Water

From the front door of AHYC one can see the curve of Sandy Hook, the impressive pier of Earle Naval Station, the New York City skyline and most of all our home waters of Sandy Hook Bay.  Life happens on the water here throughout the year and the community that is the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club is one that thrives year round.  During cold weather months club members from near and far stay connected through holiday theme events, showcasing of local artisans, training and education, not to mention the good cheer of our bar and galley that always provides a good excuse to swing by for a chat.  Once Spring arrives, our boating community gets to work prepping for what is a busy, fun, and exciting warm-weather season filled with sailboat racing on Wednesday nights, weekend regattas, the Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program (AHSEP), the annual Ms. Race fundraiser, and much more.  If you own and love boats, your people are here.  If you've never been near one and want to try, there's always someone ready to share their love of the water with you.  Just want to be in the company of a fun group of people who love where they live?  That is AHYC.  I am honored to be a part of the team serving the membership of AHYC and look forward to a great year.


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