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New Bedford Yacht Club


South Dartmouth, Mass.

Founded 1877

CLUB HISTORY New Bedford lg

The New Bedford Yacht Club is the second oldest yacht club in continuous operation on Buzzards Bay and the 10th oldest in New England, the club continues to fulfill its original statement of purpose. The clubhouse was built in 1901. NBYC has a very active waterfront presence in the harbor and on Buzzards Bay. With over 250 sailboats in its cruising fleet and 200+ powerboats the harbor is always bustling with traffic. NBYC also has a very active junior sailing program. With hundreds of kids every summer taking part in learn to sail programs all the way to advanced racing, you will always see smiling kids at NBYC.


New Bedford Yacht Club is one of many yacht clubs featuring some form of family connection when it comes to choosing the crew for the Resolute Cup. This year Andrew Herlihy will be skippering the boat, on board will be his wife Liz Herlihy, along with Paul Adam and Ike Babbitt.

“Liz and I sail together a lot and have been doing so for years now,” says Adrew Herlihy.”A big advantage for us is our communication in the boat. I am generally a very quiet person in the boat, and having Liz on board who is confident on managing the boat and communicating to the crew is just awesome and allows me to focus on what I am doing and just know that the boat handling will fall into place.”

In 2014 for the last U.S. Qualifying Series New Bedford Yacht Club was close to qualifying but fell just short after a really strong final day. For them it was tough to come so close and just miss out, so this year they are really looking forward to fighting for one of the qualifying spots.

“New Bedford Yacht club has a large number of strong sailors,” adds Adrew Herlihy. “The team was selected based on the ability to commit to practicing before the event, and which group could easily transition from the Sonar to the Melges 20 since they are both very different boats.”

Teams will sail a two-day qualifying series on Narragansett Bay in both Sonars and Melges 20s. The top teams will move to the two-day Championship Series in Melges 20s, and the remaining teams will compete for Silver Fleet honors in Sonars.

“We have been doing a lot of team racing in Sonars over the past couple of years which has allowed a lot of time in the boat,” says Andrew Herlihy. “For the Melges 20 we have done a few practice events and have been out a handful of other time to try and learn the boat. We are more confident in the sonar as we have spent a lot of time sailing the boats, but are quickly trying to learn the Melges 20.”

SKIPPER - Andy Herlihy

CREW - Paul Adam, Liz Herlihy, and Ike Babbitt