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Started by a group of families in the 1930s, Cuttyhunk Yacht Club has grown to include generations of sailors, islanders, and summer residents. All who share a love of the ocean, the community, and the beauty that the island of Cuttyhunk offers.

Instructors, Officers, and Committees

2023 Instructors

• Co-Head Instructors: Maeve Egger and Anna Nappi

• 2nd Instructors: Nathalie Gahan, Noah Hemingway, and Oliver Miano

• 3rd Instructors: Hannah Frothingham and Lola Gahan

2023 Club Officers

• Commodore: Rebecca B. Garfield

• Vice Commodore: Chip Bradish

Rear-Commodore: Liz Prevost

Treasurer: Jay Conway

Clerk: Bruce Scott

• IT/Website: TBD

• IT/Social: Matt Ledoux

• Boutique: Jenn Warr

• Typhoon Gurus: David Hinson, Mike Gunther, John Kidder



JJ Bancroft

Charles Field

Phoebe Lambert

Sandy Parker


Jessica Benson

Davis Sanford

Rebecca Shaw


Quentin Hart

Nathan Hornbach

Sarah McGuire

Nate Twichell

Organizational Structure:

The CYC is as strong as our volunteers and investment from the community.

We are always seeking volunteers, and you do not need to be on the Board to serve on a Committee!

Please reach out to if you would like to support the work of one of the committees.

Executive committee:

Commodore (2 year term)

Vice Commodore (2 year term and moves up to commodore)

Rear commodore (3 year term with at least one year overlap with designated successor) 

Treasurer (3 year)

Chair of Infrastructure Committee

Chair of Fleet Committee

Chair of Communications Committee

Shape agendas for Board Meetings

Make governance proposals to Full Board

Finance and Fundraising Committee

Chaired by Treasurer

Infrastructure Committee

Chaired by Board member

Fleet Committee

Chaired by Board member

Program Committee

Chaired by Commodore and Vice-commodore

Community Engagement Committee

Chaired by Rear Commodore

Communications Committee

Chaired by Social Media Admin or Website Admin

Evaluates and propose budget

Spearheads fundraising in collaboration with Executive Committee

Manages Boutique

Oversees maintenance of buildings and grounds, docks, floats and moorings

Oversees maintenance of all vessels, including dinghies and motor boats

Hires and supervises staff

Develops program objectives and curriculum; Provides weekly support for staff

Orchestrates community events such as Opening Weekend potluck and July and August parties

Organizes volunteers for regattas

Maintains up to date on-line presence and printed directory

Former Commodores:

Alexander C. Brown, Jr. (1956 - 1957)
Newell Garfield, Jr. (1958 – 1960)
Stephen P. Baldwin (1961 – 1962)
Benjamin H. Walker (1963 – 1964)
Harris Huey (1965 – 1966)
Wyatt Garfield, Sr. (1967 – 1968)
David C. Twichell, Sr. (1969 – 1970)
Muriel H. Geist (1971)
Nydeck Schenck (1972)
David C. Twichell, Sr. (1973)
John N. Kidder (1974 – 1976)
Peter H. Smith (1977)
Sarah G. Smith (1978)
Robert L. Elmore (1979 – 1980)
George T. Shaw (1981 – 1983)
Robert B. Field (1984 – 1986)
Ross Harris (1987 – 1988)
Jeffrey T. Spear (1989 – 1992)
Thomas C. Garfield (1993 – 1994)
David C. Twichell Jr. (1995 – 1996)
Anne T. Kimball (1997 – 1998)
Stephen K. Garfield (1999 – 2000)
Wyatt Garfield, Jr. (2001 – 2002)
John K. Tabor, Jr. (2003 – 2004)
Doug Billman (2005 – 2006)
Angus Garfield (2007 – 2008)
Alison Granger (2009 – 2010)
David Frothingham (2011 – 2012)

Cathy Broderick (2013 – 2014)

John Kidder (2015 – 2016)

Chris Frothingham (2016 – 2018)

Charmaine Gahan (2018 –2022)

Our History

The Cuttyhunk Yacht Club had its beginnings in the 1930s when friends of Connie Wood, one of the islands largest land owners, rented summer homes from him. The “summer kids” spent their days playing tennis, swimming, diving, playing ping-pong in the Annex, and, of course, sailing.

The boats were moored at the boathouse located next to the Town Dock. The Cuttyhunk Historical Society has a model of the early yacht club built by Chunk Goodrich.

Unfortunately, the hurricane of 1938 carried away the boathouse and most of the boats. This catastrophe, combined with the lack of summer jobs on the island, put and end to the club. In the 1950s, interest in sailing instruction revived as children of the 1930s brought their own children to the island for vacations.

On April 14, 1956, at the home of Robert and Eleanor Moore, the new Cuttyhunk Yacht Club was launched. The next few years saw many changes. Kitsy and Wye Garfield gave the property for the present clubhouse, built by A.P. Tilton and Allan Potter. 

Today the club has programs for children from 6 to 16 who enjoy learning to tie knots, row, sail, race, and capsize safely. True to form, many of the participants from the 50s and 60s have gone on to be instructors and Yacht Club officers themselves.

So, Give three cheers for Cuttyhunk.

~Carolyn Powers

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PO Box 188, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713 

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