A Brief History of the GSYC

The Garden State Yacht Club was born for boating and sociability in 1948 at the home of Harry and Laura Lynn. With the acquisition of the Lambert estate on Ingram Cove, our club came to its present location in 1949.

Over the years a series of physical changes ensued, including installation of the concrete patio at the docks and the demolition of the old boathouse, which formerly housed the teen club.  The electric motorized lift (GSYC trolley) was installed and the mansion’s porch was enclosed. In 1950, the Playing Field, Tennis courts, and handball area (now defunct)  were donated by club members.

In 1965 there was a major remodeling of the GSYC Clubhouse, including the pool and upper patio addition, and the installation of the original locker rooms and the snack bar. In 1984, a series of steps and terraces were carved out of the lawn to make access to the dock area easier.

Although the original Club Season ran for only ten weeks through Labor Day, the number and variety of GSYC activities continued to grow.  From the 1950’s through the late 1970’s, sailing and powerboat races dominated the waterfront — culminating in the Labor Day regatta races. The first ICCYRA-Celebrity Class Regatta was held in 1971 and the Father’s Day series was started in 1975

The Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Commodore’s gala formal dances, plus  Halloween costume party, and a Gala New Year’s Eve are traditional highlights of the year and continue to this day.  

In addition the entertainment on Fridays and Saturday nights include dances, holiday dinners; theatricals; amateur hours; masquerades, and Tuesday luncheons which are as much part of our history, as the trophies in the show case.

The end of an era came on December 6, 1984 when an electrical fire of unknown origin burned our beloved GSYC Clubhouse to the ground.  With incredible  dedication and hard work, several members spearheaded the effort to rebuild the Club House, led by Past Commodore Hank Steinman.

Even though the elegant Victorian mansion of the past was replaced by a modern clubhouse, the allure of Lake Hopatcong and the fun times shared by GSYC members, their families and guests never gets old.