The Board of Directors of the Portsmouth Yacht Club are committed to the safety and peace of mind of our members and guests. We are closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. As such, the Portsmouth Yacht Club is currently closed. Please check back for further information.
PYC Clubhouse: There is a full kitchen, outdoor grills, and showers. A lending library and WIFI are available. The clubhouse is generally open 8:30am to 8:30pm during prime summer hours.
New Castle Center: A very short walk from the clubhouse, New Castle center has a Post Office and church services. Henry’s Market offers basic groceries, bakery goods, local organically grown foods and a selection of soups and sandwiches. Fort Point, Fort Point Lighthouse, the Coast Guard station and UNH Marine is within walking distance, about 0.5 mile. The Fort is open for self guided tours, the lighthouse is open for tours, but you will need to check their schedule. Special Haunted Lighthouse and Fort tours 3 days a year. The Great Island Commons is about 1 mile away and is an ocean-side park.
Kittery Point: Pepperrell Cove, across the river, is accessible by dinghy or club launch. Kittery Point Market, in the old Frisbee Market building, offers a fine selection of wines, groceries, beer, liquor, and a deli with sandwiches and other prepared foods to go. Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier is a BYOB picnic table kind of restaurant that sells Lobsters and steamers. Fort McClary has self guided tours and don’t be surprised if you hear cannons and gun fire. Map
Portsmouth Downtown: Is about 2.5 miles from the yacht club. It can be walked, or you can call the Trolley or a cab. Wouldn’t recommend taking a dinghy unless you want an adventure. Portsmouth is a great little waterfront town of about 30,000 people with loads of shops, eateries and bars, click here for discounts. Portsmouth also has Trolley Tours. Other things to do. Slips are available at Prescott Park.
Kittery: There are several eateries in Kittery either very close to the water or on the water. They are a semi short dinghy ride from the club, but you’ll want to go by the back channel behind the Navy Yard and stay out of the river. The back channel is a no wake zone. There is a town dock to land at with a few restaurants in a typical quaint Maine village or go a little further and stop at Badger’s Island. The island has a pizza shop, lobster pound, and several small seafood restaurants. Across from Badger’s Island on the Kittery side is Warren’s Lobster House. Kittery Restaurants
Wentworth Hotel and Marina: Is about 1.5 miles away by road on Route 1B at the other end of the island. It is a 5 star hotel and has a golf course. It is accessible by dinghy if you head towards Portsmouth and cut in on the other side of Goat Island and around New Castle island. Map
Harbor tours: There are harbor and river tours available from Captain and Patty in Kittery, and Tug Boat Alley and Portsmouth Harbor Cruises in Portsmouth. The Gundalow Company offers sails aboard the gundalow Piscataqua. UNH Marine Lab has Docent day trip tours out to Appledore Island and Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has boat tours into Great Bay and out to the Isles of Shoals. Kayaks and Paddle Boards can be rented from Portsmouth Kayak Adventures.