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Shelter Island Yacht Club


Shelter Island Heights, NY

Founded 1886

CLUB HISTORY Shelter Island

Founded in 1886, at the entrance to Dering Harbor, the Shelter Island Yacht Club was a favorite stopping-off point for grand steam and sailing yachts from New York City. The founding members were business men from Manhattan and Brooklyn armed with a vision to further recreational sailing, racing, and social fellowship on the local waters. Organized in the 1920s, the junior sailing program has been a hallmark of the club with over 100 new children learning to sail and race each summer. The history of the club is also reflected in a memorable succession of one-design fleets: Nationals, Wee Scots, Stars, Wood Pussys, Comets, Lightnings, Blue Jays, Penguins, Lasers, Etchells, Herreshoff 12 1/2s, Stuart Knockabout, 420s, and Optimists.


Helmsman Jay Mills was an All-American college sailor racing for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, placing third in the 2007 and the 2008 ICSA Team Race Championships. He is an active member of the Etchells class as well as a regular tactician in the Swan 42 class. Tactician Aubrey Mayer is an active Etchells sailor, and a former college sailor, racing for St. Mary's College from 2003 to 2006. He was also a member of the 2005 U.S. Sailing Team in the Men's 470 class. Crews Christian Langendal and Connor Needham are both active Etchells owners in local and national events as well. Connor was a member of the University of Rhode Island sailing team, competing in the 2013 APS Team Race National Championships for URI.

SKIPPER - Jay Mills 

TACTICAN - Aubrey Mayer

CREW - Christian Langendal 

CREW - Connor Needham