Large or small, power, sail or paddled…boats come in all types and sizes. Bird Key Yacht Club welcomes all those called by the sea.
At the direction of our Fleet Captain, our members organize distance cruises to destinations along the West Coast of Florida, with most stops at reciprocal Florida Council of Yacht Clubs member clubs. While most cruises feature two-night stays, we offer two extended cruises during the year that feature three-and four-night stays at multiple locations.
Our monthly day cruises explore the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico. Our members caravan together to a local waterfront dining spot before returning to Bird Key Yacht Club marina. Many a lasting friendship has been made between launch and lunch.
Our sailors compete in many local regattas. And Bird Key Yacht Club proudly presents the Sarasota Bay Cup /Mote Marine Laboratory Regatta. There are the Sunday series of PHRF races held each week on Sarasota Bay. In addition, Club sailors regularly take Sunday afternoon cruises on the Bay…no racing, no shouting for room at the mark, just stretching the sails, generally with a few non-boaters on board to begin their love affair with the sea.
Bird Key Yacht Club has a fleet of six Optimist prams and a chase boat. Our membership of experienced sailors have access to our boats for a relaxing sail and often volunteer their time as instructors to our more beginning level sailors.
As the only waterfront club with a tandem kayak lift, we take our paddling seriously. Bird Key Yacht Club offers wilderness kayak trips from October to May each year. Two hours of kayaking are followed by lunch, prior to returning to the marina. Rental kayaks, both singles and doubles, are available year round. And the kayak lift is perfect for putting in a paddle board. Silent sports have a home at Bird Key.
Bird Key Yacht Club has an active group of anglers with varied experience. Many members get together frequently for day fishing trips on the flats of Sarasota Bay or offshore on the Gulf. More elaborate trips are often organized to fish the ideal area in hopes of catching the “big one.”
Current and former boat owners, as well as those just interested in the nautical slant, gather for an informal lunch and conversation each week. Informative lunch programs and off-site visits are also organized throughout the year.