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Mathews Yacht Club

Sailing / Yacht Club , Mathews, Virginia, United States

The Club is open from February through December. Our Friday night buffet begins in February, with special expanded menus for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays. The annual Officer Installation and new member reception is held in March and the Club’s “official” kick-off to the season comes with the May Flag Raising Ceremony and Commodore’s Dinner Dance.

The Club adds Thursday lunch and Mom’s Home Cookin’ Thursday night dinner to the schedule in April and expands its schedule to add Saturday lunch and dinner. The popular Sunday brunch begins in May, with special extras on Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day weekend. The pool is open from June until Labor Day.

Many special events take place in the summer, including a Pig Roast, 4th of July Family Picnic, Crab and Beer Blast and Beach Party and Dance. The Fleet Captain plans several cruises for our boaters during the summer months. A particular favorite of the members is the weekend trip each year to Onancock.

Activities are scaled back to Friday through Sunday in September, then to Friday only from October through December. Fall and winter events include the Labor Day Picnic, the Halloween and Thanksgiving Buffets and our annual Lobster Dinner.

For our fishing members, the November Rockfish Tournament is a highlight of the year.

December features the Annual Meeting of the members, a Christmas Buffet and our New Year’s Eve Dance.

Several times a year, our popular Club Night programs are scheduled. These special events include dinner and a guest speaker. Programs range from member cruise memories to Chesapeake Bay topics to historical presentations.

HISTORY

With the end of World War II formal and informal wartime sanctions against recreational boating were lifted. Many began to again enjoy outings on the local waters and during this period the Mathews Sail and Power Boat Racing Association was formed. In 1947 the Mathews Yacht Club was organized with approximately fifty “members” meeting at the Mathews High School.

While racing was the Club’s first priority, the officers and directors began a search for a permanent home. They chose Stutts Creek for its depth and easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and purchased property on the Creek.

The Mathews Yacht Club was chartered on June 2, 1949. Sixty members subscribed to stock for a clubhouse. Many early Club members became the construction force and the clubhouse site was laid out and a temporary pier was built. On May 13, 1950, the Mathews Yacht Club was dedicated at a ceremony featuring special guests State Senator W. Marvin Minter and Virginia House Speaker William A. Wright. An oyster roast followed and the celebration continued well into the night.

By 1952 the Club had installed gasoline tanks and pumps and had added a waterside screened porch and a second pier. Sail and power boat events continued every summer and in the fall and winter when weather permitted. The membership grew as summer residents from Richmond and Hampton Roads joined.

As the membership grew, the Club added a pool in 1963 and added jalousie windows to enclose the porch. By the mid-1960s regular summer Saturday night dinners were routine. As social events grew in popularity, the kitchen was remodeled in 1966.

By 1975 Club membership was approximately one-third Mathews residents, one-third Richmond area residents and one-third Hampton Roads area residents. The membership cap was increased several times and as the number of boats at the Club or belonging to members grew, a third pier was built in the early 1980s. Ramp use increased and a storage building was added.

Increased membership, more families, more functions and an expanding annual event calendar necessitated a capital expansion in the late 1980s. In 1991 the Club expanded the manager’s duties and hired year-round management. Two piers were rebuilt and expanded and the pool area was enlarged. The outdoor storage facility became an enclosed snack bar.

In 1994 a deck was built on the Club’s waterside, a play area was added for small children and the pier facilities were modernized and expanded. The parking lot was resurfaced and expanded. The Club’s facilities were now the finest locally. Refurbishment and reconstruction throughout the late 1990s have maintained the Club’s prominence in the area.

The Mathews Yacht Club was created by and for its members. Those members have brought the Club from an informal “boating club” with no facilities to its present position as one of the premier clubs on the Southern Chesapeake Bay.

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