Having a blast since 1988

Lake Yosemite finished construction in 1888. A hundred years later in 1988, Lake Yosemite Sailing Association (LYSA) set sail from her shores bringing the joy of sailing to Merced County. Since LYSAs inception her members have enjoyed countless golden sunset sails. Friendships have been made and new sailors born.


Our History

Lake Yosemite Sailing Association (LYSA) was founded in 1988 and designed as a family-oriented racing and cruising association to allow sailing enthusiasts from the community an opportunity to sail, race, travel, and network. Our members come from all walks of life – just about any occupation you can find in the Central Valley. Today, we have more than 90 member families that include individuals and families from Merced, Mariposa, Turlock, Fresno, and surrounding areas. Members range in age from 6 months to near 90 years old. There also seems to be an almost even split between the genders. We have sailors with varying levels of knowledge and expertise. A variety of sailboats make up the LYSA fleet. The majority are in the 22 foot range, but you can also see Lasers rounding the mark with a Merit 25. The most popular boat among the members is the Catalina 22. There are also a handful of MacGregors in the fleet. Merits, Windmills, and most any other sailboat can also be found on the water.

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The Club

Lake Yosemite Sailing Association is open to all sail and paddle enthusiasts! Each member has one thing in common, a love for the water. Beyond that we are a diverse group from varied cultures, experiences, and professions. If you share our passion for being on the lake we welcome you to join us.

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