Originally the yacht club had a boat house – the dock extended out about 100 yards to it. But it was destroyed in a storm in the 1920s and was never replaced. It held boats; there never were any large yachts. Hotel Ormond guests often rented boats from the yacht club.
In the early years, this would have been the view to the east from the club, showing the old Hotel Ormond.
Many people have commented on the “mystique” of our Ormond Yacht Club, and wondered about its origins and history. What is that building over the water built on pilings east of Beach Street, at the foot of Lincoln Avenue? Originally it was not on county or city tax rolls since it was built over the tidal waters of the Halifax River. James Carnell, born in Leicester, England in 1849, moved to the New Britain settlement in 1875 and was a founder of OYC.
On the upper level, copies of the 1911 membership roster show that John Anderson and Joseph Price, two of the founders of Ormond and the builders of the Hotel Ormond in 1888, were members. Other original members were James A. Bostrom and Charles McNary, also early settlers to the area. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Our progress is due to the work and dedication of our members.
We are a fine team of area residents who work hard to keep our yacht club very special.
We’ve stabilized the building, added new siding, installed new plumbing, electrical and lighting. The fireplace was restored in 2015, and we’re getting bids on a new roof. The restored coquina fireplace was built on a foundation laid in the riverbed. The picture also shows the new walls and refinished flooring.
The Ormond Yacht Club has hosted Boy Scout and girls club meetings, fish fries, Woman’s Club meetings, Ormond Beach Historical Society functions, and much more over the years. Our Annual Meeting and Dinner each January is open to members and the public, and the building is on display before the dinner begins. When not working, members use the club for relaxation, visiting with other members and visitors, watching sports on TV, fishing or just chilling.
Currently, we give tours to children (and potential future members?) several times a year. We also give tours to community professional and business groups on request. We have a fall open house each year for members and their guests.
We decorate the building for Christmas and Independence Day.
In 2010, our one hundredth anniversary, we entered a replica float of the yacht club building in the Ormond Beach Christmas Parade!
James “JD” Davis
Dale Alfredson, Bill Partington II, Jody Serio, Dale Cavaretta, Justin Robinson, Richard Brookfield
Thank you for your interest in the Ormond Yacht Club.
The Ormond Yacht Club is a 501(c)3 organization; contributions to this worthwhile historic property are tax deductible. If you are interested in making a donation or would like more information, our mailing address is:
Ormond Yacht Club P.O. Box 1104 Ormond Beach, FL 32176