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New Bedford Yacht Club

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New Bedford Yacht Club 

South Dartmouth, Mass. 

Club History

The NBYC was founded in 1877. At that time a clubhouse was established in New Bedford Harbor. The Padanaram station began in 1901. The hurricane of 1938 destroyed the harbor clubhouse and all activities relocated to the Padanaram Club. The Club has had a rich history of being intertwined in the social, business, and financial affairs of the New Bedford area and surrounding towns and continues to do so today. From the earliest times to today the Club has featured many prominent yacht designers, yacht builders, and internationally known yachtsmen both in one design and ocean racing. That list would include: John Alden, William Hand, Ray & James Hunt, Don Watson, Palmer Scott, Brodie MacGregor, Geoffrey Marshall, Chris White, Will Keene and Spyder Fortier. NBYC annually runs two large regional regattas - The New Bedford Junior Regatta and the Buzzards Bay Regatta. NBYC is also heavily involved with the New Bedford Community Boating Center which provides boating opportunities to under privileged youth in the city. Members have frequently had podium positions in boats such as J29, J109, J111, Swan 48, Baltic 52 and Andrews 70 in races such as Block Island Race Week, Edgartown Regatta, Tower Race, Ida Lewis distance race, Key West Race Week, Charleston Race Week, New York Yacht Club Regatta, Marblehead-Halifax and Newport-Bermuda. In addition we have won Newport-Bermuda races in 1928, 1954 and 1984. Many members are also NYYC members and we have many Cruising Club of America members.

About The Team

aherlihy headshot2The NBYC Committee selected the team from the Club roster and chose some crew from previous sailing school programs. The Club chartered a Swan 42 Migration and held practice races several times a week. Andrew Herlihy, who has been sailing for 30 years, will be the skipper for NBYC this year. He was on the US Sailing Team in 2000 and the 420 BBR Championship Chairperson in 2016. Herlihy, along with his wife Liz, who will also sail on the team, lead the NBYC team to a fouth in the 2014 Resolute Cup and a sixth in the 2016 Resolute Cup. Calling tactics is Christopher Murray, a Collegiate All-American at Boston College in 1997 and 1998. This will be New Bedford Yacht Club's first attempt at the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

“[New Bedford Yacht Club] is a very old, traditional club with a long, illustrious history,” says syndicate manager Arthur Burke. “Recently, the last 10 to 15 years, there’s been a sense among the older sailors that we’re losing a little bit of our identity and our mission. We now have a great group of young sailors; this quest has been something to get back to who we were, maintain our reputation, reinvigorate us from a sailing perspective, remind us of what we should be about. It’s something we feel we should be doing, at this level.”

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