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Columbia Yacht Club

Founded 1892

 
 
Columbia Yacht Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2011
1. Columbia Yacht Club Marker
Inscription. During the winter of 1891, a group of Chicago sailors gathered at the home of a bridge tender to discuss the formation of a club dedicated to the sport of sailing. Their idea was to create on the lakefront, a facility where men and women could enjoy the art and skill of recreational boating. In 1892, the State of Illinois granted these Chicago pioneers a charter for their organization and helped with the site selection at the foot of Randolph Street. The new club would adopt the name “Columbia” to commemorate The World’s Columbian Exposition, which was held in Chicago in 1892. More than 100 years later, Columbia Yacht Club is a vibrant addition to Chicago and the boating community. Columbia sponsors the worlds oldest, continually run fresh water race, the Race to Michigan City, first held in 1893. In addition to sponsoring a variety of national and international events, Columbia is the home of the 1999 Junior National Champion Doubles Sailing Team. Columbia offers sailing lessons for adults and children and our community outreach programs have introduced the pleasures of Lake Michigan to many Chicago children. Columbia members and their families represent the vast cultural and economic diversity that is Chicago. United by our love and respect of Lake Michigan and the world’s waterways, Columbia members are dedicated to the
Columbia Yacht Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2011
2. Columbia Yacht Club Marker
There are two markers on this board. The Columbia Yacht Club marker is on the right.
Corinthian spirit in support of sailing. 111 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60601 312-938-3625
 
Erected by Columbia Yacht Club.
 
Location. 41° 53.046′ N, 87° 36.746′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is on North Lake Shore Drive. Click for map. This marker is on the dock, mid-ship of the Q.S.M.V. Abegweit. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Q.S.M.V. Abegweit (here, next to this marker); Monument of the Millennium (approx. ¼ mile away); The Honorable Joanne H. Alter (approx. 0.4 miles away); Illinois & Michigan Canal (approx. half a mile away); Jean Baptiste Beaubien (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Sisters of Mercy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Carbide and Carbon Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); 333 North Michigan Building (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
 
Additional keywords. yacht club, recreation, sailing
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Q.S.M.V. Abegweit image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2011
3. The Q.S.M.V. Abegweit
The marker is on the dock, located about the middle of the ship.
The Columbia Yacht Club Marina image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2011
4. The Columbia Yacht Club Marina
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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