The Board of Directors of the Classic Yacht Owners’ Association are thrilled to welcome Bill Lynn as the Association’s new Managing Director. The Classic Yacht Owners’ Association was formed in 2015 to encourage fellowship amongst those who are dedicated to owning, maintaining, and racing both classic yachts and newer yachts designed and built in the spirit of the classics. As MD, Lynn will oversee day-to-day operations of the association.
Bill also serves as President and Executive Director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, a role he embraced as a lifelong sailor after a long and successful marketing career. Following the departure of Clark Poston, founding Managing Director of CYOA and the architect of its success over the past two years, the association’s board feels that this unique combination makes Lynn the right choice to take the Association into the next phase of growth.
“Clark’s been a fantastic director of CYOA, and our success over the past two years is entirely due to his hard work and dedication”, said CYOA Chairman Chuck Townsend. “Bill will have some big shoes to fill, but we’re thrilled he’s agreed to join us, and we’re confident he’ll steer us in the right direction.”
Lynn joins CYOA at an important time. In 2016, the organization’s Technical Committee took on the challenge of updating the Classic Rating Formula rule, and CRF MkII was introduced and implemented for the 2017 racing season. He’ll need to build on this success by continuing to find ways to deliver value to classic yacht owners.
“I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge of building CYOA into a vibrant community of classic yachting enthusiasts," Lynn commented. “I love the boats, I know many of the owners and sailors and for the past three years, through my role at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, I’ve been deeply immersed in the world of classic yachting. This should be fun!”