Chili contest, lunch by the sea: What the Richmond County Yacht Club looks like this 2022 season

STATEN ISLAND, NY — The forecast for the Richmond County Yacht Club this spring is sunny — with a little chili to warm the soul. With a freshly earned C of O for an overhauled building, the Great Kills-based group announced its line up with food for 2022 — chili contest included — and sailing lessons.

The Yacht Club is located in Great Kills. (Courtesy of the RCYC)

Commodore Maureen Murphy said, “It’s been quite a long road since Hurricane Sandy and at one point we were working out of a tent outside. So, it’s nice to have a beautiful new space from which to enjoy the harbor view.”

Murphy said the cooking contest is one way the club will reintroduce itself to the borough. The chili contest takes place on Sunday, May 1 at 4 pm at the Club — 142 Mansion Ave. It’s a casual affair. There is no entry fee or application required.

Christopher Dowd is the house chairman and past commodore of the club. He explained, “Members cook their favorite chili at home and bring them in to the club. We picked chili — as opposed to a seafood item — as it is more affordable for competitors.”

The club’s brass does a blind tasting of the entries. Votes are tallied and one lucky cook gets First Place — plus a “Chili Winner” apron.

Richmond County Yacht Club

The facilities can be rented out for parties. (Courtesy of the RCYC)

Dowd said, “Everyone gets a competition certificate. And it will be a good opportunity to check out the club itself.”

The RCYC’s ground floor operations were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. “It’s been a long road, a 10-year journey to build the club back. Finally, we got our C of O in January, 2020. We just had a jazz night,” she said.

Indeed, the RCYC facilities are open to the public for lunches from noon to 4 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Staples on the menu include spring rolls, jalapeno popper, burgers, Reubens, pork tenderloin sandwiches, French onion soup, Chicken Caesar Salad and some desserts.

Otherwise, the bar is open to members and their guests Wednesdays from 2 pm to 10 pm, Thursdays from noon to 10 pm, Fridays from 1 pm to 11 pm, Saturdays from noon to 11 pm and Sundays from 2 pm to 9 pm

Richmond County Yacht Club

A view of the water from inside the restaurant in the clubhouse. (Courtesy of the RCYC)

The RCYC’s 2022 Summer Junior Sailing Program Application recently published — There are five programs that run for six weeks. Depending on age and experience, classes in a range of prices are scheduled in the mornings or afternoons and start in early July. It is open to members and non-members.

Richmond County Yacht Club

A cozy nook for a snack or beer at select times. (Courtesy of the RCYC)

The Richmond County Yacht Club offers guest moorings on a first come, first serve basis to those who are affiliated with a reciprocal yacht club. There is a $55 facility access fee per night, per vessel collected. With that fee gives access to the club house, rest rooms, showers and dinghy tie up. A call-ahead is recommended by calling VHF Ch 9 as the vessel approaches Great Kills Harbor.

Richmond County Yacht Club

A view of the water (Courtesy of the RCYC)

The current Commodore is Maureen Murphy. The Richmond County Yacht Club can be reached at 718-356-4120.

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food Editor. She can be reached at

Richmond County Yacht Club

A bar with a nautical theme (Courtesy of the RCYC)

Richmond County Yacht Club

Rain or shine, the yacht club’s dining room is open for lunch every Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of the RCYC)

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