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Diamond Lake Yacht Club ….Yesterday and Today

It was on a Sunday afternoon in the spring of 1938 when a group of Diamond Lake sailors met on the front lawn of Joe Geary's summer home.  They agreed it was time to organize a yacht club and sail with specific rules and handicaps for the many types of boats that were sailing at that time.  As a result of this meeting, the Diamond Lake Yacht Club was formed with the objective of promoting and conducting sailboat racing on Diamond Lake and to foster good fellowship among its members.  Forty-eight applicants for membership were approved that first year.  Bulletin No. 1, dated August 1, 1938, advised the members that the Governing Board had approved a Constitution and By-Laws, as well as Racing Rules and Regulations.
An Invitational Regatta was held August 14, 1938 with boats entered from LaPorte, Indiana and Camp Eberhart, Pine Lake, and St. Joseph, Michigan.  A 3-day Regatta Labor Day weekend with the awarding of trophies was a fitting climax to Diamond Lake Yacht Club's first season.

DLYC was originally organized as a sailing club but it has broadened its purpose to include four basic areas of interest:  Sailing, Youth development, Social, and Water Safety and Lake Preservation.