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Eastern Yacht Club


Marblehead, Mass. 

Founded 1870



In 1870, a group of gentlemen from Boston organized themselves as the Eastern Yacht Club. Within a month, they had enrolled 100 members with 23 yachts. Construction of the clubhouse on Marblehead Neck was completed in 1881. Eastern yachts Puritan, Mayflower and Volunteer successfully defended the America's Cup against the British in 1885, 1886 and 1887, and Eastern's membership has included such celebrated yacht designers and builders as Edward and Starling Burgess, Nathanael and L. Francis Herreshoff, Ray Hunt and Ted Hood. The club's roster of members includes some of the most successful sailors of their time including Charles Francis Adams, Chandler Hovey, Bradley Noyes, Ted Hood, Dave Curtis, Rich Wilson and Robbie Doyle.


Skipper William Lynn is a world champion in the Sonar class and a North American champion in the Etchells, J/70 and Sonar. He was an All-American at Tufts University, and he was the winner of the 2010 US Qualifying Series. Tactician Ben Richardson trained as a full-time Olympic hopeful for seven years and was a member of the U.S. Sailing Team. He is a Laser Master's World Champion and has also finished in the top-5 in several other world championships, the Olympic Trials, and the Pan-American Games. He is currently the chair of the US Olympic Sailing Committee. Crew member Alden Reid is a 2008 graduate of Boston College where he was a team captain and 2008 Team Racing National Champion. Alden has an extensive one-design keelboat resume that includes victories at the 2010 NYYC U.S. Qualifying Series, 2011 International One Design Class World Championship, 2012 Swan 42 National Championship and 2013 Morgan Cup. Crew member Megan Watson grew up sailing on Buzzards Bay, and she was an All-American skipper and captain at Harvard University. Since college, she's focused on team racing and crewing in one-design keelboats.

SKIPPER - William Lynn

TACTICAN - Ben Richardson 

CREW - Alden Reid 

CREW - Megan Watson