__The Rio Grande Yacht Club in New Mexico hosts a full schedule of fall, winter, and spring races and regattas, as well as year-round social events and occasional overnight “raft-ups” and club cruises. The RGYC comprises sailors from New Mexico, west Texas, and beyond. Most of our sailing is at Elephant Butte Lake, about 2-3 hours south of Albuquerque.The club is home to a hundred couples and individual members of the club. Our purpose is to “Stimulate a greater interest in sailing among the citizens of New Mexico, west Texas, and the surrounding areas, by conducting races, cruises, and training in sailing skills and boating safety, as well as other sailing related activities.” New members are always welcome!
Skipper/crew meetings occur typically on race Saturday mornings at the lake. Attending a skippers' meeting is a great way to meet people and maybe get a ride. Another great way to meet people is to attend one of our social events, either at the lake or in the city, or to contact club leaders via the "Contact Us" link under "Home".
The sailing season at Elephant Butte Lake can begin with one-day frostbite races in January and February. "Round the Buoys" races occur during our spring and fall series. Specialty events include long-distance and cruising races, an event to host disadvantaged youth, single-handed and his-and-hers races, and the Sunrise 10-, 25-, and 50-mile race held in the fall. The RGYC has hosted preliminary rounds for US Sailing ladder events, as well. One-design racers include the J/24, International Etchells, and M/C Scow. Many other types can be found among the PHRF and Portsmouth handicap fleets. Our "desert sailors" span the gamut from experts to armchair sailors, bound together by an deep love of sailing. An impressive number of club members and "alumni" have gone on to sail in other venues, or become long-term blue water cruisers.