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Since 1938 the Diamond Lake Yacht Club has been home to sailors and families from on and around the lake. We are dedicated to sailing, youth development, lake preservation, water safety, and social life.

Sailing:
Sailing and sailboat racing remain a key attraction to today's members.  The years have seen fleets come and go consistent with regional or national trends.  MCs, Snipes, Thistles, Hobie Cats, M16s, and Nationals have all been raced here.  Many of the sailors of today remember learning to sail on a Nipper, Sailfish, or Sunfish.  It doesn't matter which class of boat, the spirit of good sportsmanship and friendly competition is still as strong today as it was in years past.

Youth Development:
Like any organization that aims to sustain itself, DLYC recognizes that its young people are its greatest asset.  The swimming, sailing, golf and tennis programs are extremely popular with our younger members and have been for the last 50 years.  The sailing program and the junior racing schedule has produced young sailors who have distinguished themselves in national competition.  Junior Yacht Club activities have included hot dog roasts, carnivals, movie nights, dances, and the always popular Island swim.

Water Safety and Lake Preservation:
Many years ago DLYC members recognized the importance of safety on the water and the need to preserve our precious natural resource.  In the area of water safety the Club has, over the years, donated an ambulance, wet suits, and water rescue gear to the Cass County Water Sheriff's Department.

The Club and its members have been in the forefront of many important Diamond Lake initiatives including water safety, sewers, the need to protect our wetlands, the formation and support of a Diamond Lake Association, the fight to prevent construction of a land causeway to the island, and much more.  In short, the Diamond Lake Yacht Club is a strong and responsible member of the Diamond Lake/Cassopolis community.

Social:
Many of today's members don't sail, yet they see DLYC as the perfect place to meet and socialize with old and new Diamond Lake friends and neighbors.  During the summer, from the opening Pancake Breakfast to the closing Labor Day weekend Hog Roast barbeque, there is a full schedule of social events to appeal to the entire family.  These include the annual dinner dance, numerous weekend parties, ladies' luncheons in private homes, and a summer-long bridge contest.  The renovated Clubhouse is a comfortable and welcoming retreat for all DLYC members.

Since 1938, the Diamond Lake Yacht Club has grown in membership and stature.  All Diamond Lake residents can take pride in the DLYC and are encouraged to become members.  The Diamond Lake Yacht Club creates a wonderful sense of community for all the Diamond Lake residents.