Marsha Thompson, Board Member and Race Committee Chair for the Jackson Yacht Club spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s October 6 meeting. The subject of her presentation was “History and Happenings at the Jackson Yacht Club.” She is a 23-year member of the club.


The Jackson Yacht Club was formed in 1960 by a group of 55 members at the Capital City Club in Jackson.  It conducted its initial sailing activities on Lake Hico in the City of Jackson under a temporary arrangement. The club subsequently moved to Ridgeland in 1966 where it is currently located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. In 1998 the clubhouse burned. Groundbreaking for a new club occurred in 2002. The new clubhouse is a sought after venue for many activities, including weddings, anniversary celebrations, and business meetings. In addition to sailing, the club offers a full range of activities such as swimming lessons, a book club, a bridge club,  a picking & grinning musical group, fine dining, and sailing classes. The club also has special event parties such as a Mardi Gras celebration, a drawdown, and various holiday celebrations. Per Thompson, all of these are available for a reasonable cost.


The club shut down for 2 months in mid-2020 to accommodate COVID-19, but all of its staff continued their employment. Thompson concluded her remarks by saying “Now is a great time on the Rez!”


We thank Thompson for her comments and for her service to JYC. She is shown during her presentation in the following photo. The link to the complete meeting including Thompson's remarks is