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Red Jacket Yacht Club is nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY on the northwest shore of beautiful Cayuga Lake, one of the finest recreational lakes in New York State with access to great fishing, the NYS Canal system, many wineries and restaurants.

The Red Jacket Yacht Club started quite informally in the middle thirties. A few Seneca Falls folks owned sailboats and they started racing at the North end of Cayuga Lake. There was a series of boat houses by the lake, down behind the Bridgeport Cemetery at Bridgeport, (north end of Lower Lake Road). They rented a stall to store their gear and met at a nearby cottage owned by Dr. Henry Williams who became their very first Commodore. The boat houses were called the “Red Jacket Boat Houses” and from this was derived the name “Red Jacket Yacht Club”. There was an active fleet of Comets and ice boats that were renowned throughout the state.

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