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Nantucket Yacht Club

Nantucket, Massachusetts

The Nantucket Yacht Club began as an informal association of neighbors in 1890, and the inaugural commissioning occurred in 1906 at its current location.  From this idyllic location “away offshore”, commuting to mainland venues for competition in its formative years was prohibitive, so the NYC developed an active homegrown racing program.  In the early decades of the 20th century, several NYC members helped establish and run the New York Yacht Club’s Station #11, adjacent to the NYC Clubhouse.  Since those years, the NYC has hosted the NYYC Annual Cruise on many occasions.  During the past century, the club has staged numerous major regattas, including the International One Design world and North American championships, the Flying Dutchman North American championship, and an annual 12-Metre regatta.  In 2005, the NYC created the annual Nantucket Race Week, and nearly a thousand sailors gathered to compete in boats ranging in size from Optimists to large yachts.

The Nantucket Yacht Club campaign began in the spring with Sonar sailing in Boston.  A number of NYC’s elite sailors were invited to participate, and, after nine training sessions from mid-April through the month of June, a team was selected. The team was chosen for its performance in the Sonars, demonstrated ability over years of sailing in Nantucket, compatibility, athleticism and weight. The team has continued Sonar training through the summer and had designs for some J/70 experience in Newport harbor as well.

Skipper: Skip Willauer
Tactician: Ian McNeice
Crew: David Poor
Crew: Spencer Verney



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