About the Classic Yacht Owners Association

The membership-driven, nonprofit Classic Yacht Owners Association was established in 2015 to encourage fellowship amongst owners within the classic yacht community. One of the organization’s goals is to help shape the future of the sport by influencing and cultivating long-term regional cooperation amongst those who are dedicated to owning, maintaining, and racing sailing vessels. CYOA also works to promote classic yacht ownership with the objective of attracting new members and creating new funding opportunities to support future classic yacht events.

CYOA Goals

It’s about spending time on the water. Time on the water in a boat that was built the way god intended it to be built – out of stuff he invented.

It’s about being the steward of a piece of history – or a piece of history in the making. Do no harm, and make sure she is passed to the next steward in decent shape, but for god’s sake, use her for the purpose for which she was intended. Go sailing. Or motoring. Or rowing. Or whatever. She’s happier when she’s on the water.

It’s about putting together a crew of friends, partly because they know their way around a boat, but mostly because we enjoy each other’s company. And it’s about spending time with like-minded fanatics, competing with class on the water and telling BS stories at the bar afterward.

We learn from each other. We bark at each other. We collaborate, we disagree, we hug, we share a bottle. We get wet, tired, grouchy and, in the end, exultant, because we have the pleasure and the privilege of doing something that Herreshoff, Burgess, Fife, Mylne and Watson never thought would happen – we’re going to sea in their creations in the 21st century, and we’re loving every minute of it.

“All for one and one for all” really goes without saying, doesn’t it? But let’s use that as a starting point – the organizing principle, if you will, for what we believe could be the best community of like-minded enthusiasts in the world of yachting – or the world of anything, really.

CYOA is a plaque on your boat, a sticker on your car, a tattoo on your ankle – it’s an indelible statement you make about who you are and what you believe in. It’s not an “owner’s association”, it’s a brotherhood. It’s a cult. It’s a movement. And you’re in. All in on classic yachts.

We’re crazy. We need a secret handshake.

While the longer-term goal of CYOA is to be an inclusive community that provides value for owners of all types of classic yachts, the short-term focus has been on increasing participation in and enjoyment of classic yacht regattas in New England.

To that end, in collaboration with our leadership, members and regatta organizers, we’ve developed the guidelines designed to help improve and bring an increased level of consistency to the overall competitor experience.

Learn more at: https://www.classicyachts.org/ratings/racing-guidelines/

Executive Committee

  • Steve White, chairman,
  • Bill Lynn, Vice Chairman,
  • Timothy Dittrich, Secretary,
  • Diana Brown, Treasurer,

Board of Directors

  • Drew Lyman
  • Thom Ashton
  • Dennis Gunderson
  • Jens Lange
  • Joel Labuzzetta
  • Michael Emmert
  • NYYC – TBD

CRF 2020 Technical Committee

  • Simon Davidson, Chair
  • Adam Langerman
  • Joe Loughborough
  • Brad Read
  • Bob Stephens
  • Greg Stewart
  • Jim Taylor
  • Susan Wayne
  • Steve White

Advisory Committee:  The 15 member advisory board is a collection of active owners of classic sailing yachts appointed in year one and elected in subsequent years to speak on behalf of the membership regarding all aspects of sailing, cruising, and racing classic sailing yachts. This board will meet as often as required by the demands of the classic sailing community.

The 8 member industry advisory board is a collection of leading captains, industry specialists, and related professionals dedicated to bringing the insights and information to the member advisory board relevant to insuring that the world outside the owners is being represented relative to their unique roles associated with all aspects of classic sailing. This board will meet quarterly with the member advisory board and then with the collective group of all boards.

The builder/restoration/trades advisory board is a collection of key boat and restoration yards, craftsmen-women, and associated trade school members dedicated to bringing the insights and information to the member advisory board relevant to insuring that the world outside the owners is being represented relative to their unique roles associated with all aspects of classic sailing. This board will meet quarterly with the member advisory board and then with the collective group of all boards.

The 8 member regatta/yacht club/sponsorship advisory board is a collection of representatives from the regattas and yacht clubs directly related to supporting and executing classic sailing regattas along with insuring critical sponsorship development and in-regatta activation along with providing a key bridge with local community relationships necessary to insure the entire series of activities surrounding and supporting the classic sailing events are inclusive, coordinated, and managed as professionally and personally as possible. This board will meet quarterly with the member advisory board and then with the collective group of all boards.

Non-Profit Status: The Classic Yacht Owners Association is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions and membership fees are tax deductible. Employer Identification Number: 81-285925

The Classic Yacht Owners Association is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions and membership fees are tax deductible. Employer Identification Number: 81-285925

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