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Eastern Powerboat Club


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The Eastern Powerboat Club has a colorful 100-year history along the banks of the Anacostia River. The club claims to be the oldest club in the U.S. dedicated to power boating. Members were active in the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Power Boating Association, and sanctioned races focused on smaller boat racing classes. Members volunteered at events including the Presidents Cup Races held on the Potomac River starting in 1926 (hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club). CYC was first located on the Potomac by the Long Railroad Bridge (close to present day Columbia Island Marina), in the 1930's CYC moved to what is now James Creek Marina before relocating to Ridge Maryland in the mid 1960's.

At the turn of the century, Washington DC waterfronts were industrialized and polluted, with very limited facilities available for recreational motor boating. Rowing and Yacht clubs existed in DC, but they were oriented towards rowing, sailing, or large steam and motor yachts unaccessible to the middle class. The club moved several times in its early days, including a location on the opposite side of the Anacostia. Reclamation of mud flats by the Army Corp of Engineers to build what is now Anacostia Park forced the club to move across the river once more to the one acre parcel we currently occupy on Historic Boathouse Row. In its third and current location, Eastern finally had the space to build a marine railway and permanent docks that have served the club for over 100 years.

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Eastern Powerboat Club
1301 Water Street SE
Washington DC 20003