The Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club is the center of racing on Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY. Established in 1977, the club is 501(c)3 non-profit association operated by a volunteer board of directors who reflect the wishes of the membership. The BHSC does not have a clubhouse or docks. Their only asset is the committee boat that oversees the race course.
The club focus is the race program run on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in addition to weekend regattas. Educational programs are run throughout the year as the club views training as the lynch pin to having a strong race program. The race program consists of multiple fleets including main and jib, spinnaker, a women’s series, multi-hull, J22 one-design, single and double handed races and long distance, overnight races.
Club membership classifications include boat owner and crew member. Membership renews annually. Educational programs are generally free with membership. Members are encouraged to volunteer for all facets of club administration including working on the board of directors, assisting on the committee boats, managing regatta parties and mentoring novice sailors. The membership averages around 350 people with 65-75 boats registered to race annually.
The Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club supports the initiatives and rules of US Sailing, the governing body of sailboat racing in the United States.