2019 Queen’s Harbour Lighted Boat Parade Benefitting Jacksonville School for Autism

The 2019 parade will benefit Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA). JSA is a not-for-profit, private school established in 2005 as a full-service k-12 educational center for students and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We are honored to have Captain Sandy Yawnas our guest Grand Marshall. Captain Sandy is a world-renowned captain in the yachting industry and is currently the captain on Bravo TV’s reality show Below Deck Mediterranean. She, along with the Queen’s Harbour Yacht Club invite you to sponsor a participating yacht in the Queen’s Harbour Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday December 7, 2019.

DOWNLOAD the sponsorship form or use the Online Sponsorship Registration to help continue this very important work by JSA. Deadline for sponsorships is Nov 22, 2019

Just in time for the holidays!  QHYC now has logo’d gear for your holiday giving!  Visit our shop today and get your orders in early for holiday delivery!


As the Commodore of the Queen’s Harbour Yacht Club I would like to welcome you to our web site. Please spend some time visiting the different sections and content, and make sure to bookmark the site as it will be updated regularly with information on what is happening at the club, as well as photos and video of our events.

If you would like to join us, membership is available to Queens Harbour Residents, Marina slip holders, and Queens Harbour Country Club members.  We offer organized overnight cruises, day trips, dock parties, and even a black tie event.

I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming club events and on the water!

Nick Simonis, Commodore.

Club History

In early 1993, Harbor Master David Cawton approached Bob Pitman, who would be the first Commodore, with the idea of forming a Yacht Club. They got together with Rodney Lay, Scott Weiland and a couple of others and formed the Yacht Club. They decided to charge $40.00 per person, and within one month they had $4,000.00 in the bank! The first thought was to party! So up to Fort George they went with about 20 boats.

They then arranged the first Fishing Tournament, where the club’s bold fishermen went out all day, and caught nothing! Bob Pitman went to Publix and purchased steaks for everyone and they had a cookout.

It is thought that during Chuck Walton’s term as Commodore the club had the first ball, a grand affair with everyone in black tie. It is a more recently that the bridge have gone to the white pants and blazers.

JOIN US! and become part of our Yacht Club History!