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The Florida Yacht Club

Jacksonville, Florida

Industrialist, P/C William Astor, Jr. became the Florida Yacht Club’s founding member and the club’s first Commodore in 1876 after traveling south to escape the stress of New York City.  The Florida Yacht Club remains the oldest yacht club in the state of Florida. Every year, the FYC hosts hundreds of events including major sailing regattas, tennis tournaments and social gatherings.  The club is renowned for breathtaking views from the Astor Room observation deck and sailboats slicing through the seven mile expanse of the Saint Johns River.  They have approximately one thousand members from Maine to Puerto Rico who love its tradition of hospitality and the magnificence of its seven-acre campus surrounded by water.  

The Florida Yacht Club Team has had a jump on some of the other clubs with a season that began when many clubs were still frostbiting. However with no fleet of Sonars or J/70s in Jacksonville, the team has been sailing together on a J/24. The team announced themselves nicely at Charleston Race Week with a respectable fourth place finish in a hotly contested fleet. Proving the performance was no home-field advantage, they arrived in Newport this July for the J/24 Northeast Regionals where they again finished fourth against a more competitive fleet. With time scheduled to practice in the J/70 during their July trip along with some recurring Sonar practice time in St. Petersburg during August, this team has a solid game plan.

Skipper: Greg Griffin
Tactician: Andy Culver
Crew: Will Newton
Crew: David De Camp



 

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