Winter Harbor Yacht Club



The Winter Harbor Yacht Club was founded in the 1890s along with the development of the Grindstone Neck summer community. The club is located in Downeast Maine across Frenchman Bay from Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor. It is open from Fourth of July until Labor Day.  The club is the center of social life on Grindstone Neck and offers members a wide variety of sailing and racing activities including Knockabout races, Bullseye races, and a Junior Sailing program. The WHYC member facilities include a snack bar, moorings, and a launch service. It is closely associated with the Grindstone Association ( where golf, tennis and swimming are available. 

Yachtsmen visiting the WHYC by boat are welcome. The nightly guest mooring fee includes use of the launch service, showers, and the snack bar.  Visiting yachtsmen may find detailed information on the harbor and available WHYC facilities, and can make a reservation for a mooring on the “Visiting Yachts” page.



Winter Harbor Yacht Club
Grindstone Avenue; PO Box 2
Winter Harbor, ME 04693

44.3834ºN, 68.0919ºW

(207) 963-2275 (Clubhouse)
(207) 963-2346 (Dock Office)

VHF Channel 9

2019 Officers

Commodore                          Dick Brown
Vice Commodore                  A.J. Longmaid
Rear Commodore                  Jeff Austin
Treasurer                                David Kleiser
Secretary                               Kay Grala
Honorary Commodore          Alan Goldstein


Events and Info


See our Knockabout and Bullseye race schedules, and view the latest World Sailing Rules of Racing.

Visiting yachts

View information about moorings and services available to visiting yachts and make a mooring reservation.

Junior Sailing

Learn about the Alan J. Goldstein Junior Sailing program.

Local info

Local provisions, dining, medical center, and other note-worthy information.

Knockabout History

Learn about our Winter Harbor Knockabouts which lie together on their moorings in front of the Yacht Club, which they have been doing nearly every summer since they were delivered in 1907.

Snack Bar

See what we offer to our members and visiting yachtsmen.

Mariner's WEather

Get current weather conditions and an up-to-date marine forecast.