Enjoy boating in any form? Get aboard : No boat needed, all welcome.

We invite you to our home waters of Matagorda Bay. Located midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, we enjoy the best kept secret on the Texas coast. Open water sailing, excellent fishing, and some of the finest people you will ever find.

If you happen to be passing by the Matagorda jetties, or transiting the ICW, turn on in.  Most of Matagorda Bay has 12' depths but watch for shoals extending far out from the banks.  For a surprise free arrival into Palacios, intersect the Palacios channel below Marker R32 and follow the channel into Palacios.  We look forward to seeing you!

Come on down for a visit!


Events Calendar

Saturday, January 9th, 2021

Club Meeting:

Annual meeting this Saturday, 1/9/21. Time 6pm. Location Palacios library. Agenda voting in officers.

About the PYC


The Palacios Yacht Club is a member of:

  • US Sailing
  • Texas Sailing Association
  • Palacios Chamber of Commerce

Palacios Yacht Club is a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Texas in 1996.


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in engaging in and/or promoting recreational boating activities along the Texas Mid-Coast. Note that you do not have to own a boat to be a member.

Classes of Membership include: $40 per year for individuals / $75 per year for families.

The Membership Application form can be downloaded here.

The By-Laws of Palacios Yacht Club can be downloaded here.


Starting in November, 1992, the old newsletters trace the early history of PLC from its founding until the newsletters were discontinued in 1997.

Many thanks to Lane Hollister for scanning the documents in and making them available for all of us.

Click button to show archive of club documents.

CBR Sailing Instructions
CBR Registrations
Notice of Race
Membership Applications


mapOur home port of Palacios is a community of about 5,000 and the Shrimping Capital of Texas.  Enter the Palacios Channel at Marker R32 and it is an easy entrance to the Port of Palacios and Serendipity Resort.

Welcome to Palacios Texas

Port Lavaca and Nautical Landings Marina are located near the head of Lavaca Bay.  From the ICW, proceed inbound in the Matagorda Ship Channel until you reach the preferred channel marker, green over red dayboard "PL" where the channel splits.  Bear left into Port Lavaca Channel and pick up Green "1" - - at night flashing 2.5 sec. green.  Proceed to Green #15 then bear left..  Keep the red triangular markers to your right and follow them into the Nautical Landings Marina.

Welcome to the City of Port Lavaca, Texas

Port O'Connor, known locally as POC, Port O'Connor lies at the mouth of the Matagorda Ship Channel and the ICW, POC is renowned as a sport fishing haven.

Welcome to Port O'Connor.com

Army Hole - Matagorda Island Wildlife Refuge, accessible only by boat.  The beaches are accessible only by foot or bicycle, as no motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed.  You can also visit the historic Matagorda Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse of the Texas coast.   On the ICW approximately 4.5 nm west of Port O'Connor, take the marked channel to the southwest.

Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area

Colorado Locks and Matagorda - On the ICW at the Colorado River junction, the Colorado Locks provide flood control during flood events on the Colorado River.  Contact the Lock operator "Colorado Locks" on Channel 10.  On the east side of the locks is Matagorda Harbor, with slips, fuel, and a restaurant.

Nearby is the town of Matagorda, one of the oldest seaports in the state and now a recreational retreat.

Welcome to Matagorda Texas


We thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals who generously support the Cannonball Run Regatta and the Palacios community.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
  • Palacios Yacht Club
  • 454B Main Street
  • Palacios, Texas 77465
E-Mail and Messaging
Club Officers
  • Commodore - Sharon Trainor
  • Vice Commodore - Alicia Shay
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Markus Sandy
  • Youth Sailing - Matt Riccio
  • TSA Club Representative - Stephen George
  • Race Chair 2020 - not yet appointed


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