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Welcome to the
Rio Grande Yacht Club

Let the fun begin!

As the Rio Grande winds South it makes a stop in Elephant Butte Lake. This marvelous lake is the largest body of water in New Mexico where many different species of fish live including: Striped bass, White bass, Largemouth bass, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. Grab your rod, set your sail or go for a cruise and enjoy what the Rio Grande has in store for you.

Message from Past Commodore

Rio Grande Yacht Club  

PO Box 220 

Elephant Butte NM 87935 

Rio Grande Yacht Club 2023 Calendar of Events

Hello all interested Sailors,

 The RGYC celebrates 63 years of sailing on Elephant Butte Lake this year. Over that time we have enjoyed social events, sailing seminars, sailboat racing and youth sailing programs just to name a few things we are involved in. Covid hit us hard but we are again out enjoying our lake and hope for better things this year. Please review the calendar below and make commitments to getting back in the groove with you friends, family and fellow Club members. We will continue to call our Skippers meeting at our Mast Up Storage facility around 10:00am with plans to be on the water by 12 noon until around 4:00pm. These events are open to all interested persons including children with little or no sailing experience necessary and we will provide life jackets if you need one. The Club purchases a Special Use Permit from the State Parks which is a requirement for the RGYC liability insurance.

Please come out and give us a try this year.

At Present all Events are on the Third Saturday Each Month Unless Otherwise Posted.

January 21, 2023, Frost Bite Regatta, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am
February 18 th , 2023, Valentine’s Day Chute Out, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am
March 18, 2023, Spring Fun Cup, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am
April 15 th , 2023, Rich Strasia Memorial Cup, Skippers Meet at Mast Up, 10:00am
May 20 th , 2023, Anniversary Cup, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am
June 17, 2023, Fun Race/Raft Up, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am
July 15 th , 2023, Beach Party/Dinghy Races, Skippers Meet at Beach Site (Look For Club Flags)
August 19, 2023, Beach Party/Dinghy Races, Skippers Meet at Beach Site (Look For Club Flags)

September 16, 2023, Fall Cup/Raft Up, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am

October 21, 2023 Race to the Elephant, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am
November 18 th , 2023 Commodore Cup/Board Meeting, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am
December 16 th , 2023 Holiday Cup, Skippers Meet at Mast Up 10:00am

If there are any questions or if additional information is needed, please check out our website at
“” or you can contact us by telephone at 505 328 4826, texting (not while driving) is ok
or e-mail . Also, our mailing address is RGYC PO box 220, Elephant
Butte NM 87935

Very Truly Yours
Ken Tighe





Club Events

Club Races and Gatherings happen monthly on the 1st Saturday.

We would love to see you at every Event so mark your Calendars for the

Second Saturday of the month and meet us on the Elephant Butte Lake and

if you are not a member we would love to have you join us.

We are always looking for crew members. Just let us know and we will get you connected.  

Rio Grande Experiences

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

Jimmy Dean

Sailboat Bow

Boats for Sale!

1979 Islander Bahama 30' 39; Sailboat $9,950.00.

This is a US Coastguard documented vessel with
a home port of Elephant Butte, NM. Price includes Boat with all sails and other equipment including
bimini, stack pack main sail cover, roller furling head sail, Magma gas grill and wheel cover. Boat does
need some fresh cleaning and bottom paint. However the bottom does appear sound with no blisters or
other fiberglass imperfections. Boat also has a Volvo MD7A, 13hp inboard inboard diesel. Package also
includes a 2009 custom sailboat trailer built by Sailboat Transport Trailers LLC. The trailer is currently
titled and licensed in California. All serious offers will be considered and we do recommend a marine

For more information please contact

Past Commodore Ken Tighe

Text or call: 505-328-4826


Sunset Sailboats

Listed June 3, 2022 

The club has several (6 total) Sunfish sailboats that we are selling. The basic boats (5 of them) are complete having spars, sail, rudder and dagger board. Some may need more work but they all will float and sail. They are sold as is for $250. They don’t have a trailer but they are titled. To transport them it’s probably best put it on the car roof or in the bed of a truck or buy a small trailer like the ones sold at harbor freight or northern tool. 


Then there is one with a titled trailer, a nice sail and a new rudder and dagger board that is $1000. 

For more information please contact 

Rick 575-649-6385 or

Past Commodore Ken Tighe

Text or call: 505-328-4826



1979 20' Balboa Sailboat

1979 20' Balboa sail boat, complete boat with trailer, main sail and jib. 3 1/2 up Mercury 4 stroke. Boat and trailer have current New Mexico titles. $2,500.00 or best offer. Contact Terry Brower at

Pictures coming soon

1983 Vagabond 17' Sailboat

1983 Vagabond 17' Sailboat, motor and trailer with New Mexico titles. Boat has main sail, jib and spinnaker. 6hp Johnson 4 stroke with reverse gear. $2,500 or best offer. Contact Terry Brower at

Pictures coming soon


This boat is a sweet sailing trailer cruiser with exceptional cabin headroom, a great boat for weekending and fun to race!

A huge bimini, galley with sink and stove, enclosed head with sink, and sleeping for 4+ make for a very comfortable boat. Complete with lots of features and a 15 hp Honda outboard.

Call John at 361-4030.

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