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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 

Re: Beach Party July 16th 2022  

What a nice event with a rather light turn out but with the addition of new members, it was a  very rewarding outing for us old timers. Special thanks goes out to Lonnie Lane and Ivy,  Johanna, Rick Keffer and yours truly Ken. New members added were Katie Semone, Lori and  David Kennel and Patty Frisch. Also there was David Allen and David Huntly who are mast up  tenants. We were able to sail the sunfish most of the day and socialize as like minded sailors do  with the exception of drinking beer and swearing.  

The next event is something new I'm proposing for Saturday August 13, 2022 from 10:00am  until dark. We will obtain a special use permit for this event as it involves “boating on the  water.” The event is called fun racing and raft up. I'm proposing we change the order by having  a raft up from 10am until 1pm then fun races until about 4pm depending on wind conditions. We  can raft up by anchoring off of the stern then tie up with other boats on the bow in the same area  of the lake we used for beach parties. This area is located just south of Marina Del Sur. The fun  race can involve a distance race to Pirate's Cove or Dam Site Marina where we can come back to Marina del Sur or take a slip at Dam Site for a night on your boat and the club would chip in to  pay your slip for the night. This will take a little planning and hopefully you can RSVP to  Johanna or me as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you on the water. Ken and  Johanna, 505 328 4826 or 4825.

Club Races and Gatherings happen monthly on the 2nd 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.  





Past Events

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!

Listed April 1, 2022 

$2,500 obo 1988 Stuart Mariner 19' Sail Boat

Includes: Boat, motor and trailer titled in NM.

Additional Information: Single axle trailer and boat very light and can be towed with 4cyl engine. Motor is 5 hp, 4 stroke recently serviced and in good running order. Sails included main and head sail in good condition. Head sail has roller furler in good working order. Recent maintenance includes new bottom paint and there are no hull issues including scuppers or swing keel. Recommend viewing Mariner Association on line to learn more about this very popular sailboat. Boat is currently on trailer in owners yard in Elephant Butte New, Mexico.

For more information please contact

Past Commodore Ken Tighe

Text or call: 505-328-4826

Email: tighekenneth@gmail.com

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

Email: tighekenneth@gmail.com