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Grand Lake Yacht Club (U.S.)


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[Grand Lake Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 July 2022

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Grand Lake Yacht Club

The Grand Lake Yacht Club, was founded in 1902, probably in Denver. The story has the feel about it of a group of four friends sitting at diner and daring each other with improbable tales. So, they created "the highest yacht club in the world", with Grand Lake as its home water. Yet, having declared its existence, at least some of them would have to go up there to Grand Lake to actually race. Well, race: we're talking about two canoes with improvised sails on them.

In later years, since they now had a club for sailing on the lake, actual sail boats were transported to the site. If it was a club, with actual boats, it ought to have a club building. By 1912, the imagination had given way to an actual yacht club.

Since then, this has been a perfect summertime club, attracting people for the summer season from far and wide. Even has its own website: But is it actually the highest yacht club in the world? Probably not, but why ruin a good story?

Burgee: A white field with a monogram "GL" in red, example above from their website.

Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 July 2022