The Seafarers Yacht Club, Inc. of Annapolis, Maryland, was organized in 1959 by a group of black men with a common interest in boating. They initially met in members' homes, and later in a rented one-room storefront in Annapolis; giving the building a nautical motif while continuing to look for other opportunities. Founding member of the Club, Ellsworth Randall, once said that "members cut down on beer and cigarettes and playing poker in order to buy their boats."

Welcome to the Seafarers Yacht Club (SYC) of Annapolis, Maryland, and thank you for your interest in our club. Organized in 1959, this year marks SYC's 56th year in the yachting community.

As a newly elected Commodore, I would like to thank all members for their support over the past few months. I hope that you will continue your support as I serve our Club as your Commodore. I had a great time at Commodore's Night and Change of Watch, where I officially became your commodore. Our Mardi Gras gala, which sponsored our Summer Youth Program, was a wonderful and successful event with over 500 guests. I look forward to many more good times this coming year.

I am very proud of our planning committee. They are working diligently to bring you events that are full of fun.

I am especially looking forward to being on the water and the wonderful fellowship that comes along with it. New this year, we will be enlisting the help of two or more volunteers to organize the pot luck (everyone bring a dish and drink to share) socials at every cruise destination.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our many events.

God bless you!

In 1967, the members purchased an abandoned schoolhouse at Third Street and Chester Avenue that had been built as an elementary school for black children. This became the Club House that remains until today. In later years the building was thoroughly renovated with the addition of a swimming pool and a deck overlooking Back Creek. Today the Club is comprised of over 50 members and is well known for seamanship and community service.

In 1986, a 24-slip pier located in the same city block as the Club House was leased from the Thompson family. This served as the principal location of Seafarers' yachts until the spring of 2003, at which time dockage was relocated to Edgewater Boating Center on the South River. Dockage is now principally located at marinas along Back Creek and private docks owned by members. Club members' yachts now number around 30, ranging from 26 to 55 ft. in length. Members cruise the entire east coast from Maine to Florida. Several have sailed to the Great Lakes and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and others have participated in local and more distant sailboat races.

In 1970, members formed the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 at the Seafarers Yacht Clubhouse. Today, many Seafarers are members of the current U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-09. The activities of the Flotilla include education, safety inspections, and search and rescue.

Throughout its history, the Seafarers' activities have not been limited to fun in the sun. Always aware of community, the Seafarers have provided swimming lessons for neighborhood children and exposed children of Annapolis and neighboring communities to classes in boating safety along with practical experience on the water.