Oklahoma City Boat Club

9101 East Lake Hefner Drive
Oklahoma City OK  73156

Phone: (405) 751-8409

Oklahoma City Boat Club

The OCBC has a long and commendable history of racing, starting from its founding. William F. Crosby designed the Snipe in 1931, coinciding with the founding of the Oklahoma City Yacht Club on Lake Overholser. This boat was relatively easy to construct and many thousands were built by individuals and by commercial companies over the next 30 years. Several of our early members became proficient in racing Snipes and entered the Nationals in 1963. Beginning in 1962 Steve Taylor was selected as the Race Committee Chairman for the Snipe Nationals and ruled over that event for the next 14 years. Other centerboard boats, such as the Flying Scot, were raced on Lake Hefner as well.

Because Lake Hefner is situated at or near the highest elevation in Oklahoma County and lack of obstructions to the winds, average wind velocities are high, often too high for comfortable or safe centerboard sailing. For example, for two years running in the 1970s the annual Snipe Regatta had to be cancelled because of high winds. This led several committed Snipe sailors to purchase keelboats.

The first keelboat fleet formed was the Victory Fleet, followed by the Luder 16s and 21s. Then came the larger Kittiwake which grew to 15 boats. (Incidentally, OCBC formed Kittiwake Fleet No. 1). As the boating industry has grown over the years and new designs come onto the market, new one design fleets have waxed and waned at OCBC. In the '70s and '80s we have seen the growth and decline of the following fleets, Irwin 23, Santana 21, Santana 22 and the Santana 20. Very competitive racing occurred within these fleets. More recently, the major fleets have been the J-24s, J-22s, and the Catalina 22, 25 and 27 classes.

Wednesday night races are with out a doubt the most popular series in OCBC’s racing program. The series, run from May through September, draws sixty or more competing boats to the starting line every week. The Race Committee provides four separate starts, grouping the fleets to make for the best, fairest and safest competition for all competitors. With a 6:00 harbor gun and 7:00 for the first start, competitors can get a in a good hour long race, put their boat up, socialize with other competitors (bench-racing) and still be home by 9:30 or 10:00, there is no better way to break up the work week.

In addition to keelboats active centerboard racing has been carried out using the Sunfish and Laser classes. These boats have been popular with the youth program and the women's program.

The Oklahoma City Boat Club is located in northwest Oklahoma City just 15 minutes from downtown. Its facilities are on the east shore of beautiful Lake Hefner, one of the finest inland racing lakes in the country.

The Oklahoma City Boat Club (OCBC) was originally founded on Lake Overholser in 1930 when a group of sailing and boating enthusiasts formed the Oklahoma City Yacht Club, as it was called at that time. Times were hard because of the Great Depression, but w

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Founded: 1930
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Splash Day Weekend (Private)

Splash Day Weekend (Private)
06:30 pm - 04/27/2018

At Oklahoma City Boat Club

Friday Night - Pre-Splash: A Gastronomical Voyage Around the World • Time: 1830 • Passport tasting menu for 50 guests • Raffle...

2018 OCBC St. Patrick's Day Party (Private)

2018 OCBC St. Patrick's Day Party (Private)
06:30 pm - 03/17/2018

At Oklahoma City Boat Club

OCBC Members and Member's Guests: Come hoist a round with us for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Party, Saturday, March 17th. Get ready to wash down traditional Irish...

New Years Day Celebration

New Years Day Celebration
12:30 pm - 01/01/2018

At Oklahoma City Boat Club

From the Oklahoma City Boat Club Family, Happy New Year! With all of the amazing parties, regattas and fundraising events we’re cooking up, 2018 is shaping up...

7th Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner

7th Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner
06:30 pm - 04/22/2017

At Oklahoma City Boat Club

MARK YOUR CALENDERS yet again and tell your friends! This event is to support not only All 4 One Rescue but to bring awareness about spaying and neutering your...

Our Sixth Annual-Spayghetti and No Balls Dinner

Our Sixth Annual-Spayghetti and No Balls Dinner
06:30 pm - 04/09/2016

At Oklahoma City Boat Club

MARK YOUR CALENDERS yet again and tell your friends! This event is to support not only All 4 One Rescue but to bring awareness about spaying and neutering your...

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