Deer Isle Yacht Club

Sylvester Cove, Sunset, Maine

The Deer Isle Yacht Club is a small local yacht club in Sylvester’s Cove, Sunset, Maine. The Club was founded in 1925 with the purpose of providing facilities and activities for its members in their use of Penobscot Bay and adjacent waters; encouraging amateur yachting, both recreational and competitive; promoting sound seamanship; and fostering knowledge of and respect for the dangers of the sea.

Facilities are  minimal as the club has no potable water, no fuel dock, no showers, and little parking.  Sailing lessons for members are occasionally offered, but Membership is necessarily limited by the size of the Cove; more information can be found at the Membership section of this website. 

Club News

Thanks for getting the Cove ready!

Now that summer is in full swing, we don’t want to forget the hard work that goes into getting the Cove ready for a safe season.

Eagle Island Lighthouse Open House
August 11, 2024 | 12-3pm

Save the date for the Eagle Island Light Open House on Sunday, August 11th, from 12–3pm. The team has been working hard to restore the interior stairs and ceilings, thanks in part to many generous donors. Come climb the classic wrought iron staircase and enjoy sweeping views of Penobscot Bay.


A possible additional week has been added to the sailing program, so lessons are now scheduled from 6/17 to 8/9 with no lessons scheduled for the week of 7/22.

The lessons, which will take place in the three club Optis and on shore, will be conducted by US Sailing certified instructor Polly Dickinson, a club member and alumna of the DIYC sailing program.

Participants (ages ~8-12) will find a program with a heavy emphasis on safety, fun, and lifelong enjoyment of sailing while they work on the US Sailing Small Boat Beginner curriculum.

If you have children or grandchildren who would like to take lessons, contact Polly directly or for more information.

We strongly urge members with kids to consider having them participate!

Additional Boats Needed for Sailing Program

At the January 2024 Board of Governors meeting the Sailing Instruction Committee sought and received approval to pursue adding up to three Optimist sailing dinghies for the coming season and beyond. The additional Optis (~$2K used in good condition) will support higher numbers in our classes as well as the higher numbers of returning students able to sail single-handed.

Members wishing to sell, lease, donate, or help locate/procure one or more Optimist sailing dinghies, or contribute to funding the purchase of such boats to lighten the burden on club funds, can check their e-mail for further information. Seaworthy boats in good condition only, please, as reliability is imperative for the delivery of safe, enjoyable lessons. Members interested in having substantial donations acknowledged e.g. with naming rights may be accommodated.

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