The Lake Wissota Yacht Club is an all-volunteer organization with weekly races and monthly social events and a spirit of camaraderie that one member describes as "sailing evangelism." Members include individuals and families of all ages, and activities abound for all. Those members range in experience from seasoned sailing veterans to folks brand new to the sport. While many members prefer to own and maintain their own boats, the club also provides a Club sailboat for those without their own craft.
Each month during the sailing season, a social event is planned that might even include live music from the Club's own band, The Barnacles, comprised of club members. Chicken Feeds, to Beer, Wine and Cheese events offer opportunities for members to gather, learn and grow together as sailors. A popular addition to the social activities is the Outrageous Around the Island Extravaganza (OATIE) race, where you might find pirates on the water hoping to steer their ships to victory and culminating in a dinner on shore afterwards.
The club has partnered with Eau Claire Parks & Recreation to offer junior sailing opportunities for children aged 9-11. The Club has also partnered with the Boy Scouts of America and chartered an official Sea Scout Ship that calls the Club home. This Scout-led co-ed organization is for youth ages 14-21 and includes activities related to sailing and other water activities, leadership development and community services and membership continues to build.
The club maintains a clubhouse, storage building, 40 moorings and dry sail space for additional boats on shore. All funding for operations is through annual dues and fees. In 2010, a major remodeling of the main clubhouse was undertaken to equip the Club with modern facilities. In 2013-14, a new launch ramp was added to provide better deep-water launch access for members.