History of Shorewood Yacht Club
In 1974 John Henry Cross developed the idea for a yacht club on this beautiful lakeshore property. It had originally been the homestead of Anson Mase, and was updated by his daughter and her new family. The 450 feet of shoreline had a retaining wall, making it a perfect harbor for keelboats.
To complete the site, John Henry acquired an additional three-acre parcel on County Road 19, along with part of the right-of-way on each side of the trail. A permit for 180 slips was applied for at that time.
Four years later, after a State Supreme Court unanimous verdict and many permits, the docks were constructed! John Henry used 35-foot long cedar piles, driven 15 feet into the lake’s bottom. The design of the angled piers was purposeful, creating easy docking after a day of sailing. The positioning also prevents masts from fouling in severe weather.
Shorewood Yacht Club was officially incorporated in March of 1979. Founding members Marilyn and Duncan Steinman are still very active.
Over the years, many owners have passed through the doors of SYC. With each came changes and improvements. But it is the SYC members and their love for sailing that has remained constant. For sure, the membership is SYC’s strongest asset. From their ranks have come capable commodore leadership, involved social participation, and a skilled sailing fleet.
A new era began in 2006 when the Crosses sold the club to Gabriel Jabbour and Mike Maloney, both lifelong residents of the Lake Minnetonka area. Mike grew up as a sailor and brings fresh enthusiasm and a passion for sailing to his role as club manager. With Mike at the helm SYC has a very bright future.