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Eastern Yacht Club


Eastern Yacht Club
Marblehead, Mass. USA


Club History

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. 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.
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Previous Invitational Cups: 2011,15

About The Team

Skipper: William Lynn

BL Head Shot Eastern YC Helmsperson

The Eastern Yacht Club has a strong contingent of talented dinghy, one-design keelboat and offshore sailors, including a cadre of young team racers. This was apparent last September when the Eastern Yacht Club earned the right to compete in the Invitational Cup by finishing second out of 24 North American teams in the Biennial U.S. Qualifying Series. From this pool of talent, skipper Bill Lynn, a collegiate All-American and Sonar world champion, selected the team. By his side is U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman and Laser Masters world champion, Ben Richardson, who will be the tactician. Eastern raced for the Cup in 2011 and finished fourth out of 20 teams. The team has been practicing together as much as possible since mid-June in Swan 42s, as well as other similar boats. They also competed in the Swan 42 National Championships in July.