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Commodore Decatur
                 Yacht Club

Central Illinois' Premier Sailing Club

Beer Can Tuesdays

Every Tuesdays when the winds are projected to be 5-12mph, we'll meet at the club for very casual racing. Check in at the pavilion by 5:30pm and we'll start racing at 6pm. First time sailors must present a crew safety certificate (free coupon code = CDYCSAFETY) and sign a waiver.  After the sailing fun we'll put away our boats and meet in the pavilion for grilled hot dogs and cold beverages.  Spectators are welcome and we encourage anyone with questions to stop by just before sunset on a Tuesday and meet our friendly members and enjoy a hot dog and learn more about sailing in Decatur.  Prospective members with a safety certificate are welcome to sail with us on Tuesdays as our guest.  Please note sailing coordinators will only place adult sailors on a sailboat.  Please contact if you would like to learn more and/or receive weekly invites and updates.  

Upcoming events

    • 27 Apr 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Commodore Decatur Yacht Club

    Annual Dock Put-In Event - this work party is for all members to come help put in the main and finger docks.  Coffee and pastries will be available at 8:30 with a tentative work start at 9:00!  The club will provide chili for workers for lunch!  Bottled water is also provided.

    • 4 May 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Commodore Decatur Yacht Club

    Let's welcome all new and returning sailors to the 2024 Summer Sailing Season!!  The club will provide the meat, table service and water.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  

    Please also donate to help the club off-set the cost of the meat.  

    • 11 May 2024
    • 10:30 AM
    • CDYC

    First Sail is a 90-minute introductory group lesson on a comfortable and stable Flying Scot with an onboard instructor.  Participants will also receive confirmation email with a coupon code and enjoy free access to the Introduction to Sailing online course at After a short safety briefing, you'll enjoy a fun sail with up to three students, each getting to control the tiller, mainsail, and jib.  Don't worry,  we'll explain those terms during your lesson. Hot dogs and chips will be served at 12:15 between the morning and afternoon session. 

    The backup date is the following Saturday (May 18th) if we need to reschedule for any reason. Refunds will be given if we cancel or reschedule. Credit will be given if you cancel and refunds will be given if you cancel and we're able to fill your seat. You may apply any credit to future events or membership invoices. 


    • 11 May 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • CDYC

    Join us for a beer can race on Saturday afternoon at 3pm! Beer Can racing is fun and laid back and a great excuse to get out on the water. Join us for hot dogs and cold beverages in the pavilion for more fun on shore.  If you are looking for someone to sail with or would like to help John Hearn on the race committee boat, let people know on our facebook group.  Also watch the facebook group for possible weather cancellations.  

    Sailing Instructions (non-Scots)

    1. VHF radios are optional. The signal boat will be broadcasting the countdown and other helpful information on channel [72]. 
    2. The Starting Line is between the orange flag on the race committee boat and the Yellow Mark S.
    3. The finish line is between the orange flag on the race committee boat and the Pink Ball (P). 
    4. Flying Scots and Cabin Boats will start together. Scows, cats, and other boats with a faster rating than a Flying Scot will start 60 seconds later. 
    5. The 5-minute starting sequence will begin when the Flying Scot class flag is raised on the signal with a horn. The blue and white Prep Flag will be raised at 4 minutes to go with a horn. The blue and white prep flag will be lowered with 1 minute to go with a horn.  The starting signal is lowering of the Flying Scot class flag will be lowered with a horn.  
    6. After the starting signal, racers will sail upwind and round the yellow Windward Mark (W) to port and then sail downwind through the Finish Line (F).  
    7. 4 races are scheduled. The first two races will raced back-to-back with a short break before the third race to rotate crew at the dock.  
    • 31 May 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • 2 Jun 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Commodore Decatur Yacht Club - Decatur, IL

    Lightning Fleet 74 will be hosting the Mississippi Valley Lightning District Championship in Decatur for the first time since 1992. This will be an open regatta as well for Lightnings outside of the MVLD as well and named The Year of the Locust Regatta. All Lightnings are welcome to participate in the event. The MVLD includes fleets from Carlyle, IL., Memphis, TN., Nashville, TN., as well as Decatur.  

    • 31 May 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • 2 Jun 2024
    • 7:30 PM
    • CDYC


    The first weekend in June, CDCY will be hosting a Lightning Regatta. We would really like to put on a good show for our out of town guests. This is the first time since 1992 this regatta has been held in Decatur.  We currently have competitors attending from Memphis, Nashville, Indiana, Carlyle, and Davenport.  We will start with a Friday night Welcome party/ cookout from 5:00 - 7:00. This is free and open to all club members. 

    Racing will begin Saturday at 10:30 and continue until about 4:00 when we can cool down and enjoy some cool drinks.  A BBQ dinner will follow with John's smoked pork BBQ and plenty of sides at a cost of $20/person. 

    More racing Sunday morning with awards following the racing.

Past events

4 Nov 2023 CDYC Annual Meeting and Dinner
7 Oct 2023 Drone Photography Clinic
30 Sep 2023 Introduction to Sailboat Racing
19 Sep 2023 Beer Can Saturday Sep 23 (moved due to darkness)
12 Sep 2023 Beer Can Tuesday Sep 12
9 Sep 2023 End of Summer Cookout
5 Sep 2023 Beer Can Tuesday Sep 5
29 Aug 2023 Beer Can Tuesday Aug 29
15 Aug 2023 Beer Can Tuesday Aug 15
12 Aug 2023 Caribbean Night
18 Jul 2023 Beer Can Tuesday July 18th
8 Jul 2023 Lake Decatur Centennial Regatta
7 Jul 2023 Two if by Sea and Cookout
27 Jun 2023 Beer Can Tuesday June 27th
20 Jun 2023 Beer Can Tuesday June 20th
13 Jun 2023 Beer Can Tuesday June 13th
6 Jun 2023 Beer Can Tuesday June 6th
30 May 2023 *Cancelled* Beer Can Tuesday May 30th
23 May 2023 Beer Can Tuesday May 23rd
16 May 2023 Beer Can Tuesday May 16th
9 May 2023 Beer Can Tuesday Kickoff *Please Register*
25 Apr 2023 Introduction to Racing Recap + Rigging/Launching Clinic
18 Apr 2023 Sailboat Racing for Beginners (Free)
15 Apr 2023 Dock Put-In - Ready, Set, Sail Party
1 Apr 2023 Changes In Latitude Party
4 Mar 2023 Start the Clean Up - Work Party
16 Feb 2023 Board of Governors
12 Nov 2022 Annual Meeting and End of Season Banquet
12 Nov 2022 (copy) Annual Meeting and End of Season Banquet
5 Sep 2022 (copy) CDYC Board Meeting
20 Aug 2022 Caribbean Night
14 Jul 2022 CDYC Board Meeting
4 Jul 2022 4th of July Lunch and Sail
11 Jun 2022 Summer Solstice Grill and Sail
9 Jun 2022 Board Meeting
7 May 2022 Coming Aboard
23 Apr 2022 Dock Put-in
8 Feb 2022 Board Meeting
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