Atlanta Yacht Club is situated on a scenic point of land on Lake Allatoona between two quiet coves and on one of the largest basins on the lake. In 2012, a new clubhouse was commissioned and built on the site where the original clubhouse, built in 1950, existed. The facility, with a wide deck overlooking the lake, is spacious and attractive but informal, and is a place where sailors can comfortably mingle in their casual clothes and wet shoes. We have multiple indoor and outdoor fireplaces and patios, modern restrooms including a family restroom with ADA approved shower and facility, a large main room for dining and parties, a lounge including a bar area, and a full modern commercial kitchen. We do not, however, have a paid staff or serve meals or drinks except for special events, most of which are staffed by member volunteers.
The downstairs of the clubhouse is our additional lower level bathroom and shower facilities, as well as an additional lounge and kitchen area for members without cabins. With the addition of these facilities, we can accommodate a large number of visiting sailors for regattas.
The Club also owns a small fleet of 420s and a fleet of Optimist Dinghies for junior training classes. Other than these and a small number of utility craft for running races, all other boats are member owned.
Generous parking exists for members' boats, most of which are parked on trailers when not in use. Two boat ramps lead to the lake, where boats can be launched and temporarily tied on one of three Club docks. (The club offers no overnight docking or moorings for either sailboats or power boats, though a small number of private docks offer limited dockage for their owners). By the water's edge are benches and several covered pavilions where spectators can get comfortable and sailors hang out between races.
If you are looking for tennis courts or a pool, you won't find them at AYC. We are all about sailing! But we do have a groomed, sandy swimming beach, an enclosed playground for our children, a barbecue pavilion with picnic tables and an open grill, and a camping area near the beach. Our facilities, clean and well-maintained by our dockmaster and groundskeeper, are purposely kept low-key so that families can get away from the busy lives they lead all week and find a fun, safe and fresh-air place to play at AYC.