The idea of a Yacht Club was first discussed in 1983 by founding Commodore Walter Decker. Our club was founded in the fall of 1984, and has grown from 18 charter members to more than 475 members. Thanks to Lloyd Wright of Tween Waters, a three year lease was negotiated to use the Canoe Club on the corner of the Tween Waters property. On January 17, 1986 our Club opened for business. In 1987 the Board of Directors acquired the property directly north of our clubhouse, and equity shares in the club were sold. Construction began in December 1987 and in October 1988 our clubhouse was officially opened. Numerous social activities and imaginative cruises were planned for the 150 members. In 1991-1992 our docks were expanded and the yacht club applied for admission to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs. In September 1994 the Florida Council included CIYC into its membership.
Our club continued to grow and went through several remodeling projects. By 2001 a club manager was hired. Throughout the years the club has worked hard to meet its challenges and has been successful in keeping the membership satisfied and engaged. As a former officer said “It is important not only to get new members, but to make them welcome, get them involved, and these are the ones that stay with us. Forming friendships and feeling so attached to the club is very special.” For over 30 years the Captiva Island Yacht Club has provided an outstanding dining, social and boating environment that is friendly, comfortable and inviting.