Member Sign In

Member Sign In

Beverly Yacht Club


Marion, Mass.

Founded 1872



A group of disgruntled members from the Marblehead, Massachusetts sailing community (who all lived in Beverly Massachusetts) became disenchanted with the local clubs who denied racing to sailors with boats under 25 feet. This group of small boat racers, with some small change in their pockets, decided to find a place of there own – voila – Marion, Massachusetts. Although they were imaginative when it came to finding a venue, they were less so in picking a name for their new club – thus, Beverly is in Marion.

The Club was chartered in 1872 as an organization dedicated to supporting the development of yacht racing, beginning with our founding Commodore, America's Cup yacht designer Edward Burgess. The clubhouse and facilities are located in Marion, Ma. on the Western shore of Buzzards Bay which is bounded by the Elizabeth Islands to the East and the Southeastern coast of Massachusetts on the West.

The original clubhouse was located at the end of Butlers Point in Marion on Buzzards Bay. In 1955, the Club moved to its current location at 99 Water Street. The clubhouse was significantly improved in 2000 with a remodeled main clubhouse and the addition of a screened porch. The facilities offer pleasant social areas with a full service bar. The facilities can accommodate up to several hundred people for banquet style vents and larger groups with the addition of tents on the lawn.

The BYC racing program runs more that 260 races for its club members during its regular season from May through September. Boats compete in one-design and Handicapped Boat racing. One design classes include H-12s, Bullseyes, Shields, J22s, J24s and J80s. PHRF racing in both cruising and racing fleets occurs every Wednesday night, and for many special races on weekends throughout the summer.

The largest volunteer run multi-class regatta along the East Coast (US) is BYC’s “Buzzards Bay Regatta” with more than 350 boats and 1500 competitors. Alternating years with the Newport-Bermuda Race, BYC also hosts the Marion-Bermuda Race, which has been a lasting tradition for 35 years. BYC members have consistently taken racing honors, and used the opportunity to expose many young sailors every year to the thrill of offshore racing.

Beverly Yacht Club is a three time recipient of the St. Petersburg Trophy awarded by US Sailing for excellence in race management. The Club’s Junior Sailing Program is open to the public and instructs young people, 8 to 18 years old, in all aspects of the sport of sailing. It usually has 175 participants.

BYC is a member of US Sailing and the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association. The Club is organized under the non-profit IRS regulations.

The diversity of the Club’s membership and the pleasant atmosphere contribute to its reputation as a great place to sail. The Club’s porch provides a view of Sippican Harbor which is a gateway to Buzzards Bay with destinations such as Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod and Newport R.I., all a day sail away.

During a typical Summer, BYC will welcome and host between 5 and 15 visiting yacht clubs during their weekend excursions and annual Summer cruises. To reciprocate, BYC’s Cruising Committee organizes visits to at least a half dozen or more yacht clubs and harbors every Summer. Many of our members have sailed to exotic places around the World, and more than a handful have gone all the way around as well.


Joel Hanneman will be skippering Beverly Yacht Club’s entry in the Resolute Cup and it is no surprise that he was chosen for the position as he was onboard for the club’s 2014 entry in this event, has more than 25 years of racing experience, and calls Newport, RI, his hometown.

The team with him is “is well-suited for this fast-paced, arena-like racing situation,” says Hanneman. “Our team has sailed Sonars quite a bit, but not so much in the Melges20. The key for us will be to rise to the level of comfort in that boat that allows us to focus on the racing.”

When it comes to the rest of the club members, support is strong with many people coming to view the racing in September.

“A Beverly Yacht Club we pride ourselves on being a sailing club, and, in particular, a racing club,” says Hanneman. “We're fairly small but do a lot of racing that is focused on being both competitive and fun, with further emphases on one design and a friend and family-friendly environment. So, a national level event focused on racing in the Corinthian spirit is a natural fit.”

SKIPPER - Joel Hanneman 

TACTICIAN - Shane Wells