About Us
Who We Are:  Delaware River Yacht Club 2015

Established ca December, 1925 and chartered ca July, 1926.

Original membership 20 persons including the following Bridge Officers; Commodore: A.B. Cartledge; Vice Commodore: A.A. Jordan; Rear Commodore: Edward Mathias; Treasurer: Carl A. Mayer; Secretary: John P. Robinson.  Current Bridge Officers (3) include Rob Stecher, John Macanany and Joe Apice.  Other staff persons include the Treasurer, Nick Noderer, Recording Secretary, Wm. (Bill) Garwood, Corresponding Secretary, Wm. (Bill) Wilby and Fleet Captain, Chris Blaydon and Fleet Surgeon, Wm. (Bill) Wilby.  Board of Directors include 6 regular members plus the immediate Past Commodore and the Bridge Officers. 

Current 2015 membership is approximately 99 persons made up of 5 classes which are Active (with and/or without boat and Gold Card/Life); Social; Honorary and Junior.  The breakdown of the entire membership includes 70 Active, 24 Life/Gold, 19 Social, 10 Honorary, and 0 Junior.


1927 Photo of DRYC Docks

DRYC Fleet ca 1930
In the 1930's, when the worldwide economic slump began, some club members were able to afford small well equipped power boats.  The glistening mahogany hulls contained V bottoms, and engines that reached speeds of knots.  The din of the engine prevented communications between the forward and aft cockpit.  Spray careened over the bow, wetting all that were aboard.  However, with all the drawbacks, the boats remained popular with the speed happy youngsters.


Current Facilities
The property location is 9635 and 9636 Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA 19114.  Originally a single 3-story Victorian brownstone, converted to two individual properties (ca 1932), restored to single property ca 1999.

The purchase of the current Club property on Milnor Street in Torresdale, PA was approved as were the original constitution and By-Laws (1926).  A Charter was obtained in 1926.  The Club property included a large, 3-story stone house that was designed to include a club room with snack bar and upstairs changing rooms with lockers.  The waterfront included a pier, a float (main stage) and river front beach.  The property also included a large boat storage yard with lifting crane for launching and hauling boats.

Original fleet included mostly power boats of significant length and smaller runabout types.  The fleet transitioned from power to sail as more sailing competitions were made available to DRYC.  Currently, the fleet includes approximately 50 vessels, the majority being sail powered.  River moorings are the preferred method of making the vessels available for river outings and racing.  Club provided tenders are available for transport between docks and vessels.


DRYC is currently associated with the following regional recreational boating related organizations: Delaware River Yachtsmen's League (DRYL) and the Chesapeake Yacht Club Assoc. (CBYCA).

Activities include monthly meetings, Directors and General Membership 1st and 2nd Wednesday nights respectively.  Official events include Opening Day, Closing Day, Elections/Christmas Party and others including Valentine's Day party, St. Patrick's Day.  The club's business affairs are conducted having various committees (21) overseeing the activities.

Other activities include mid week sailing competitions (spring and summer season), weekend sailing competitions (fall season).  Participation in other yacht club social/boating events sponsored by the Delaware River Yachtsmen's League and the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club Association.

In or about 1985, the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets Org established an assembly of cadets plus a vessel at DRYC that continued into the early 90's, the "ship" was led by Cmdr. Phil Bruno, DRYC Past Commodore.  In or about 2000 the BSA Ship 484, Sea Scouts began operation at DRYC, Cmdr. Henry Berk leads the ship and its fleet consists of several sailing vessels.

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About the Delaware River
Excerpted from an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Delaware is an economic, ecological treasure
With the exception of the Eagles and Phillies, perhaps no civic treasure does as much to unify and energize the region as the Delaware, a river that for centuries has been the area's life source and an avenue of commerce.

A Coast Guard boat cruises the Delaware. Once an open sewer, the river is now cleaner and an economic engine. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer

The William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia recently announced that it will use its environmental grant- making to drive preservation and restoration of water quality in critically important places within this huge watershed.

The Delaware is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, extending 300 miles from Cape May to the Catskills. The basin provides drinking water to 16 million people (5 percent of the U.S. population) in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia, including the largest and seventh-largest metropolitan economies in the country. Most of Manhattan drinks water from the Delaware, not the Hudson. The river is the largest freshwater port in the world, yet sustains a recovering American shad and striped bass fishery.

The ecological value of the Delaware River system is well known. Less well-known is its economic value.

An analysis by the University of Delaware concludes the Delaware Basin is an economic engine that (1) contributes more than $20 billion in annual economic activity from recreation, water quality, water supply, hunting and fishing, ecotourism, forest, agriculture, open space, and port benefits; (2) provides ecosystem goods and services (natural capital such as the watertreatment and fishery benefits of forests and wetlands) of $21 billion per year; and (3) is directly or indirectly responsible for 600,000 jobs in the shipping, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, and other industries, with $10 billion in annual wages.

The tale of the ebb and flow of the Delaware is all too familiar across the United States.

When William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682, after arriving on the Welcome, he wrote about 6-inch oysters too big to be eaten whole and large sturgeon that played in the river all summer. Yet in 1739, Benjamin Franklin petitioned the Pennsylvania General Assembly to remove the tanneries near his Market Street print shop and wrote in the Pennsylvania Gazette that Dock Creek was choked with: “hair, horns, guts and skins” and fish “soon floated belly up.” In 1790, concerned about polluted drinking water, Franklin willed funds to Philadelphia to build the first municipal water system in America.

By the 19th century, the Delaware was an open sewer. By the turn of the 20th century, the largest population of American shad and sturgeon along the Atlantic seaboard had collapsed from overfishing and pollution. By the 1950s, the Delaware had zero oxygen at the Ben Franklin Bridge. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy and the governors of four states signed the Delaware River Basin Compact, the first-ever federal- state watershed accord, which kicked off the river’s revival.

A cost-benefit analysis concludes that investing in watershed restoration and the jobs that go with it can result in big payoffs. Improved water quality will lower water-treatment costs for cities such as Philadelphia, where the annual value of drinking water exceeds $3 billion. Watershed restoration will boost boating, fishing, and birdwatching, which is already a $1.4 billion economy in the Delaware Valley.

With cleaner water, more tourists will visit places like the Delaware Water Gap, which recorded five million visits at the country’s eighth-most visited national recreation area and $100 million in sales, which supported more than 7,000 jobs. A $100 million annual investment in Delaware River watersheds would generate 2,000 jobs and add half a billion dollars to the region’s gross domestic product.

The Delaware River is still the priceless treasure William Penn first saw 331 years ago. Fueled by successful conservation by private land trusts, stream restoration and citizen monitoring by watershed associations, and public and private funding for high-impact projects, the next great Delaware River revival is on its way.