A prominent local businessman and banker, John T. Mott, established the Oswego Yacht Club (OYC) in 1881. The first clubhouse was erected on the shores of Lake Ontario in 1883. Eventually more space was needed and OYC built a new clubhouse in 1919, the facility now known as the McCrobie Building in Oswego. During the early years of the depression, the Club disbanded and remained dormant for nearly fifty years. In 1980 a group of local boaters re-activated the Club and soon thereafter celebrated its Centennial anniversary.
In the early 1980s, the club leased space from the Oswego Marina, and, in 1988, it returned to its original home, leasing space from the City of Oswego, the current owner of the McCrobie Building. In 2005, OYC moved to its present location at 19 Lake St, at the Oswego International Marina.
It is one of the oldest yacht clubs on Lake Ontario, and celebrated its 125th anniversary the summer of 2006. One of the founding clubs in the Lake Yacht Racing Association, Oswego was the host of many yachting events in its early years.
Today the OYC is home to an active Performance Handicap Racing Fleet which races weekly on Wednesday nights and a Portsmouth Fleet on Thursday nights throughout the boating season. One of the largest regattas on eastern Lake Ontario, Sail Oswego, is hosted by OYC every year during Harborfest since the first year of the festival (1989). In the recent past OYC has hosted several major regattas such as the Flying Scott North American Championships, J 24 District and Great Lakes, the 2012 Lake Yacht Racing Association Annual Regatta, the Eastern Yachting Conference Regatta, and the Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta. In addition to these regattas, the club holds a variety of Club races every year: the Selkirk/Oswego Lighthouse race, the Great Pumpkin Race, the Haulout Challenge, the Commodore’s Cup, the July 4th Firecracker Jam and the J/24 Frostbite series, to name just a few.
The Oswego Yacht Club is much more than just a racing club. A variety of other boating and social activities are held throughout the year. The club organizes and hosts the annual Blessing of the Fleet for all Oswego boaters, which ushers in the new boating season. All area boaters, power and sail, are invited to participate. Every year in August, club members go on a weeklong cruise to various ports on the Lake. In April 2006, several club members organized a trip to the British Virgin Islands; where they chartered boats for a very special cruise, island hopping in the Caribbean. Weekend cruises are scheduled throughout the summer. The Community Sailing program and Racing Clinic serve to teach youth and non-racers in the area about basic boating safety, seamanship, and fundamentals of racing.
OYC’s biggest asset is its members. Friendships are made and camaraderie shared amongst people who value the time they spend on the water, whether in sailboats or powerboats. However, one need not own a boat to be a member of the Club