HBC, THE OLDEST ACTIVE YACHT CLUB IN THE STATE
On January of 1887 seven Stratford men, John and Frank Benjamin, Frederick C. Beach, Henry Parson, The Wheeler brothers and George Strong, met to form a club for, as our charter reads “ …social intercourse, and to promote and encourage an interest in yachting.” and the Housatonic Club was formed. By April of that year its two-story clubhouse was raised on pilings at the edge of the river channel on the property of Alfred Ely Beach, Frederick Beach's father and publisher of Scientific American. The site was chosen for its commanding view of the river, and an easy reach up or down the river in the prevailing southwesterly breeze.
JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAM
The Housatonic Boat Club’s Junior Sailing Program offers youngsters (ages 8 to 16) an opportunity to learn the basic skills of sailing and to gain more proficiency as they advance as serious competitors or recreational sailors. Our capable and experienced sailing instructors are US Sailing certified and teach the fundamentals of seamanship from wind direction, the river’s current, sailing rules and racing strategies, boat care, to sail trim and knot tying. The 7-week program, conducted on the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound, is geared to learning about sailing in a fun and creative environment while at the same time encouraging participants to develop self-confidence, responsibility, team building and of course an awareness of boating safety. Junior Sailing at the Housatonic Boat Club is a stepping stone in making lifelong sailors who are taught to respect each other, their sailing community and their marine environment.