The District Yacht Club prides itself in maintaining the original
railway and workshop which have continued in use for decades. The
property also includes a clubhouse, which was a former barracks
purchased from the Army, and a modest steward’s cottage. In the years
before 1950, the area occupied by the District Yacht Club was a
nondescript boat yard known as the District Boat Company. It was
operated by Mr. Warbock and subsequently by the Brightenburg family.
About 1950 Ed Darnell organized a group to form the District Yacht Club.
Among those who helped to organize the club were Clarence Boss, Dick
Mower, George Miller, Otto Pfleger, Linwood Printz, Will Slater, Perry
Herbert, Wayne Bauman, Walter Norris, Mac Demet, two Robinson brothers
and Sam Merando. Otto Pfleger was appointed Commodore at this time
followed by Perry Herbert and Sam Merando.
Around 1952 the working boat yard closed and the District Yacht Club
took over the property in its entirety. In 1955 the group became
chartered and incorporated. In July 1962 the District of Columbia
turned over the property to the National Park Service. In 2008, DYC
was transferred back to the District of Columbia. The members of DYC have worked diligently to upgrade and expand the facilities over the
last half century. Safety being our highest priority, we have
established safety programs, training and self-inspections to assure our
members are well informed.
District Yacht Club has always been a working yacht club.
With this as a part of our makeup, each member is expected to work a certain number of work hours
per month to help maintain the facility and grounds. Therefore,
membership and slip fees are set lower than average due to the reduction
in operation cost. This design has appealed to the working middle class
who possess the passion for boating but often could not comfortably
afford the usual high membership fees offered by other yacht clubs or
DYC is active in the boating community. Memberships include: Potomac
River Yacht Club Association (PRYCA), Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club
Association (CBYCA), and the DC Clean Marina Program. We open our club
to mariner-related association meetings such as PRYCA, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary and have hosted the Clean Marina Workshop the past few years.
We also participate in and make a donation to the annual Anacostia Earth
Day Cleanup each spring.
DYC is also a proud member of the Historical Anacostia Boating
Association (HABA), an organization of boat clubs that previously was
known as 'Boathouse Row'. We are the District Yacht club, and for us, the river starts here.
District Yacht Club - Past to Present