• May 29, 2020 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy almost summer! We know this has been an anxious and difficult spring for many families. We hope we can provide a small dose of light-hearted moments for you this summer -- as safely as possible. This will require everyone’s cooperation with our guidelines. Below are important details about our operating plan for Summer 2020:

    Directory and Boutique:

    • We feel like we owe it to the Community to continue to honor some of our annual traditions: the Directory will be printed this year, and the boutique will be open

      • We are sending our Directory to the printer on June 1, so if you haven’t renewed your Membership, this is your last call! We will put your Directories in the mail this year, so please be on the lookout for it in June

      • The Boutique will be open. Jenn Warr is ordering a limited run of 2020 swag, and she will notify everyone of her operating plan via our social media channels later in June

    Boat availability and classes:

    • We are able to get boats on the water this summer and provide recreation, with modifications. We ask that everyone works together with us to follow the State of MA and local guidelines, out of respect for each other, our staff and students, and our island community

    • Some important items of note:

      • There will be no communal life jackets this summer. To participate, you must bring your own PFD

      • The number of boats on the water may be limited due to a rotating maintenance schedule (N10s) or the need for creating safe distances for rigging (floats)

      • There will be no walk-up boat borrowing, due to required cleaning protocols

      • When social distancing cannot be maintained, face masks must be worn on CYC property

    • In Phase 1, there will be no traditional A, B, or C group. We will offer structured boat borrowing only. Anyone with an active Membership and signed waiver (online) may participate. 

      • Family members/cohabiting family only, allowed together in boats

      • Staff will accompany the fleet in crash boats to offer support, and maybe some fun structured activities

      • You may sign up to participate via a white board 24 hours in advance

        • Morning Fleet: 9-11am N10s, Zests, Lasers

        • Afternoon Fleet: 1-4pm Lasers, Zests, 420s

          • Typhoons will not be available until end of June/early July

    • In Phase 2, A, B, and C group may resume, with modifications

      • Family members/cohabiting family or consenting “cohorts” only allowed together in boats

      • A, B, and C groupers who cannot sail independently must be accompanied by a capable family member or assigned partner to participate

    Thank you everyone for your understanding and flexibility adapting to the circumstances this summer. Let’s make the best of this by each doing our part, and the good times will follow.

    CYC Board

  • February 26, 2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Cuttyhunk Yacht Club  
    Almost March, 2019

    Website Open!

    Login to your account to get started

    The website is now open for Membership Renewals and Class Registrations. Remember, you must be logged in to your account and purchase an annual membership to sign up for classes. 

    New Septic System Needed at CYC

    Donations needed!

    We need your help! The Cuttyhunk Yacht Club needs a new septic system! In 2019 after 50+ years of service the existing cesspool failed and the residence is no longer habitable. We have an amazing team lined up to live and work at CYC in 2020, pending the installation of a new system (don’t forget, the residence bathroom also serves as a restroom for kids in the program).

    Our goal is to raise $30,000 towards the cost of design and installation of a new system prior to June 1, 2020. You can donate using the "Donations" tab on our website. You can also add a donation when you purchase your Membership.

    We have kept our membership and class fees low for many years to make an affordable and accessible program. In fact, all the money we make each summer from class registrations, memberships, and boutique sales goes towards running the program.

    We are asking everyone to chip in to help us cover this significant, unexpected expense. Help us get back to work on doing what we do best: sailing, friendship, and fun!

    Calendar Summer 2020

    As a reminder, here are the dates for our upcoming Summer season:

    Opening Weekend and Party: June 13-14

    Instructors in residence for maintenance and training: June 15

    First Week of Class: June 22

    July Bang and Go Back and July Party: July 25

    August Bang and Go Back: Aug 21

    August Party: Aug 22

    Closing Weekend: Aug 21-23

    General Membership Meeting: Aug 23


    Instructors and Training

    We are excited to welcome Cecilia, Ben, Elsa, Grazi, Cotter, and our Junior Instructors back to CYC in 2020! Elsa and Grazi will be getting their US Sailing Level 1 Certification in April at Duxbury Yacht Club. This summer all of our full time staff will be CPR and US Sailing certified.

    Make sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for our most up to date news and announcements.

  • January 29, 2020 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Cuttyhunk Yacht Club  
    December, 2019

    Happy Holidays! 

    2019 was another great year for Cuttyhunk Yacht Club, thanks to the continued support of our Members, Volunteers, and Staff! Read about some of "what's happening at CYC" below!

    2019 in Review

    • 129 children between the ages of 6-16 attended classes at CYC

    • About 15-20 adults participated in Adult Lessons throughout the summer

    • We added 2 new sailboats RS Zests to the fleet

    • Our fleet is now comprised of 2 Zests, 6 Lasers, 6 420s, 10 N10s, 2 typhoons, and 2 power boats

    • We employed 5 full-time, trained instructors and offered part-time employment and training to 8 Junior Instructors

    • As is usual the CYC is financially sound, with another "break even year" in 2019

    • Revenues come from equal parts membership, class registrations, and boutique sales

    • Expenses were driven mainly by insurance, instructor salaries, equipment maintenance, and repairs

    Membership in 2020

    We recently changed our fiscal year to match the calendar year. This morning an automated email accidentally went out, reminding you to renew your membership. We have been updating our website and were not planning to take renewals just yet. Some of you did renew, and thanks, your payment and renewal was successful! For everyone else, we will let you know when we are "open for business." Thanks for your understanding!

    Calendar Summer 2020

    This summer we will run a 9 week season as follows:

    Opening Weekend and Party: June 13-14

    Instructors in residence for maintenance and training: June 15

    First Week of Class: June 22

    July Bang and Go Back and July Party: July 25

    August Bang and Go Back: Aug 21

    August Party: Aug 22

    Closing Weekend: Aug 21-23

    General Membership Meeting: Aug 23

    We will be sure to update our website to reflect the above dates!


    Instructors and Training

    Many thanks to our amazing instructor team in 2019, Ben, Cecilia, Aiden, Elsa, and Grazi! Reminder to all current, future, and potential instructors, the winter and spring is a great time to get certified and trained. CPR, US Sailing Level 1, and NASBLA boating safety are all courses we require for employment! Check your local rec center, adult ed, and US Sailing website for class times and locations.


    We are still missing a number of awards from previous summers. If you have an award to return or never received your award, please let us know! Contact


    In 2019 a small team of volunteers spent some time working on Gusto. In summer 2020 we will be dedicating the same attention to Sea Robin. The Typhoons are enjoyed by many members, but require time and attention to keep them well maintained. If you want to get involved with the effort to restore and maintain Sea Robin and Gusto, labor, expertise, and funds are always required. Please contact 

    Boutique Update

    We can't thank Jen enough for her dedication to our CYC boutique. Many hours -- and coffees -- go into keeping it running strong all summer long. Jen is always open to ideas and suggestions for the products (and designs) you want, please email with ideas and we will connect you with our Boutique Manager Jen!

    Septic Update

    CYC will be installing a new septic system at the clubhouse this coming spring. Thanks to the insight of generations before us, we have the savings to make this important, significant investment in the future of CYC. More news on this in months to come.

    Make sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for our most up to date news and announcements.

  • April 20, 2019 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC Opening Day Weekend: June 15-16, 2019

    Kick off the summer the right way, help us open the Yacht Club! Get your “first taste” of island summer life, see old friends and make new friends with camaraderie, teamwork, and our very first CYC Boat Lugger Party.

    In order for us to know food and beverage quantities, please RSVP for the Opening Day weekend by June 1, 2019.


    Whether you’re a CYC member or a friend, we’d love to have you. All ages welcome.


    Help us open up the CYC yacht club for Summer 2019.

    • Clean up the clubhouse
    • Sand/paint the bottoms of boats
    • Launch the fleet
    • Add some laughter to all the above

    • Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 from 9-5pm
    (ferries depart at 12pm and 5pm on Sunday)

    Boat Lugger Party at the CYC Clubhouse:

    As a thank you and a fun kick-off to 2019, we’re throwing a party for all boat luggers Saturday, June 15th at 5pm @CYC. Featuring:

    • Raw bar and clam chowder provided by Dorothy and Seth at Cuttyhunk Shelfish Farms
    • BBQ with burgers and dogs. 
    • Craft brew adult beverages

    Register in Advance:
    In order for us to know food and beverage quantities, please register for the Opening Day weekend by June 1, 2019.

    Free T-Shirt Giveaway:

    Be one of the first 5 adults (18 yrs old or over) or first 5 non-adults (18 yrs old or under) to RSVP and you’ll get this limited-edition shirt FREE!

    Please note: You must show up to Opening Day weekend to get your shirt. This t-shirt is only available to official boat luggers.

    Or if you aren’t fast enough on the keyboard - you can still buy this limited edition shirt if you RSVP and pay $34 (and of course show up for Opening Day weekend).

    Please note: you must RSVP and order the shirt by May 20th.


  • December 31, 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Season's Greetings from Cuttyhunk Yacht Club
    December 2018

    CYC Newsletter December 2018

    Staying in touch ~ Now Hiring ~ Calendar ~  

    Christmas List ~  Fleet Update ~ Awards

    Happy Holidays from Cuttyhunk Yacht Club! The Holidays are a time to take stock of how we are doing as stewards of what we have inherited, and to prepare our path forward.

    Newsletters of Christmas Past

    Newsletters from 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989,1993, and 1998

    Although we no longer send newsletters to your mailbox, please follow us onFacebookInstagram, or Twitter year round to stay up to date on our latest news and announcements.

    Hiring Reminder!

    Our Instructor job posting is live on the US Sailing job board, and the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association job board. Please circulate it to qualified friends and family, or gently nudge your Cuttyhunk teenager to brush up his/her resume and send us a letter over the school vacation! Inquiries should be sent

    Instructors, First Day of Class June 2018

    2019 Calendar

    We will once again operate an 8 week season in 2019. Mark these dates in your calendar. Additional events will be added to the calendar as the season approaches.

    Opening Weekend: June 15/16

    First Week of Class: June 24

    July Bang and Go Back: July 20

    July Awards Party: July 20

    August Bang and Go Back: August 16

    August Awards Party: August 17

    Closing Weekend: August 16/17/18

    General Membership Meeting: August 18

    Christmas List 2018: Naughty or Nice?

    We've made a Christmas Wish List of items the club needs for Summer 2019. If you're in the holiday spirit and wish to donate any of the below items, please use this Sign Up Genius link.

    • Life jackets (4 adult, 4 child)
    • Gas grill for CYC deck
    • Wireless printer for clubhouse
    • Bottom paint, scrub brushes
    • Line for knot tying
    • Rigging line
    • Cotter rings, cotter pins, clevis pins
    • Rigging tape
    • Fenders
    • Mushroom moorings
    • Trash cans
    • Push broom
    • Items that can be used for Awards
    • White boards, dry erase markers
    • Colored pencils, notebooks
    • Tennis balls, sponges
    • First aid supplies

    Fleet Update

    Bang and Go Back, July 2018

    Your capital campaign contributions are being put to work! This winter we will purchase new sails for our 420s, new rigging, and new laser hulls to replace some of our older lasers. We are also making much needed renovations to the clubhouse.


    New awards are needed to replace old or lost awards. In keeping with CYCtradition we are especially happy to accept used items that can be turned into beautiful awards. Please contact Peggy if you have an item to

    Standing By...

    We will have more news to share in months ahead. Until then, Best Wishes to all of our Members for a Safe, Happy, and Healthy New Year!

  • March 06, 2018 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings to all the CYC family! Spring has been flirting with us here in Southern Maine, and it is making me think more and more about getting back to Cuttyhunk. And well enough, because it is time to start planning for the summer, and with it our next season at the CYC. With that, I would like to both look back at the end of last season and ahead to the next.

    Thank yous!!

    I would like to acknowledge all the work that Jen Warr did on the Boutique last summer. For those who did not hear my accolades to her at the parties, she was thrust into the role by virtue of a miscommunication (an unusual form of volunteerism, to be sure!), and she more than rose to the occasion. You may have noticed some new products for sale, in addition to the tried and true items; she has certainly poured her creativity into this. She also took it upon herself to take orders by phone and email, package them up and mail them out to people. She even began putting images of some of the products on line in what may be the beginning of an online CYC Boutique catalogue. At our recent Governors meeting, we decided to take the next step and look into establishing an online store, which would be available in the off-season, as well. We are putting together a team to implement this now. With this new venture comes the possibility of new product lines, and also the need for more people power. If anyone is interested in joining Jen in revolutionizing the boutique (ie: bringing it into the 21st century), we would greatly appreciate your help; please contact me (Chris Frothingham) at the email listed below. Thank you, Jen!!

    Peggy Lynch, who thought she had finally retired from her Rear Commodore duties, put in tremendous hours and effort to make our regatta schedule a huge success (see below)! She was also a consistent, on-island presence and point person, and was able to do a great deal of critical trouble shooting to make sure that all was running smoothly. Peggy was the recipient of the Commodore’s Cup this year, although that does not adequately express my gratitude to her for all her help! We are now thinking that this should really be a Rear Commodore Team. If you plan to be on island for some time and are willing to help with the planning and execution of the parties, awards and regattas, please contact me, and we will gladly sign you up. Thank you, Peggy!

    Thanks are also due to Duane and Lexi Lynch for all the ice for the bars at the parties – nothing like a cold cocktail on a nice Cuttyhunk night! They also very kindly allowed me to commandeer their truck and trailer for several hours on both opening and closing weekends to launch and haul the Mako, the Whaler, and Gusto.

    And a huge thanks to everyone who showed up for either (or both!) work weekends! This is one of the most critical times to volunteer; we have had a stalwart crew that has turned out year after year, and we added a few new names to the list this year, as well. Everyone worked very hard at both weekends. I would like to extend a particular thank you to Emily Andersen and De Frothingham, who did a thorough cleaning of the upstairs at the end of the season! Next year’s instructors will certainly appreciate it! We will be in need of many hands for our work weekends this season, as well. Dates are noted below, so put them on your calendar and plan for some work and some fun on an extra weekend on island!

    Finally, thank you to my wife, Heidi, who helped me keep on top of emails and issues as they arose. I simply would not have made it through the summer duties without her help. You are the best, Heidi!

    News and Announcements

    Thank you all for taking the time to cast your vote for the incoming Governors. Our newest group is: Anthony Couvillon, David Frothingham, Bob Hurley, and Liz Prevost. A hardy thank you in advance to these four for their upcoming service to the club! If you would like to have this honor, as well, please contact one of the officers or governors to express your interest for the following cycle.

    The 2017 season wrapped up very well. As many of you know, we moved the end date up by one week this summer, as we realized that we were going to have precious few of our sailors present for the scheduled party. The early date was very successful and well attended. The kids did a great job this summer; we should all be very proud of our sailors!

    Last summer, we had a more active and defined team of racers than in past years, and they were very successful! We hosted three regattas with Ida Lewis, Barnstable, and, for the first time in years, Saunderstown. I am proud to say, that our racers prevailed with victories over all three clubs!! And all three clubs relayed to us that their race weekend with us was the highlight of their summers, and all would like to come back and/or host us next summer! We also sent a crew of 6 sailors to the Beverly Junior Regatta, and they placed much better than in the past! Well done, racers and coaches! We hope to continue this enthusiasm next summer and strike a better balance with A-group so both are able to reach their full potential! This is where the Rear Commodore Team would make a huge difference to our sailors, so come help plan the fun and help our sailors grow!


    We are currently working on setting up our team of instructors for this summer. I have emails from several people already with a strong group of candidates. Please contact Chris Frothingham at if you are interested or know someone who might be, or to get more details.

    Boat Maitenance 

    We are looking to hire a part-time “boatswain” to perform maintenance and repair to the CYC sailboats and support powerboats. This person will be responsible for working with the CYC staff to identify and prioritize needed maintenance and repair of the boats in the N10, Laser, and 420 fleets.  Some experience with boat hardware and marine repair is necessary.  Hourly rate based on experience.

    We are currently looking for replacements for both of the launches for this summer. The Mako, which carried most of us through our yacht club experiences as kids is reaching (or has already reached…) the end of its serviceable days. If it is indeed replaced when we all arrive next summer, we will have to toast it at the awards party! If anyone has a lead on a boat that might be suitable for the program, please contact: Alden Anderson at, or Ellis Lehner at

    2018 Membership!

    Renew membership and register kids for Classes - Please visit the CYC website - to login and renew your membership and register kids for the summer sailing classes.  YOU MUST BE RENEWED BY JUNE 1 TO BE INCLUDED IN THE 2018 DIRECTORY.

    Work Weekend

    Work weekend is June 15-17 2018! - Early June is a beautiful time on Cuttyhunk, and there will be much to do to get the next season off to a great start. The more people we have, the quicker it will be done and the more fun we will have doing it! Lunch will be served and it’s a great way to see old friends, meet new ones, and help out the CYC. And for those with the fortitude to stick it out to the end of the day get to partake of the beverage cooler (there will be cooler choices for all ages)! Please join the crew on Saturday, June 16 if you can!  We need your help!

    2018 Schedule

    June 15-17       Work Weekend Commissioning

    June 25-19       First Week of Classes

    July 21             July CYC Party

    August 13-17   Last Week of Classes

    August 17-18   Decommissioning           

    August 18        August CYC Party

    On behalf of the Officers and the Board of Governors, we look forward to seeing you all this summer in class, at a race, or at a party – or all of the above!

    Three Cheers!

    Chris Frothingham


  • April 27, 2016 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy April from the Cuttyhunk Yacht Club!  With warmer weather arriving I hope you are all thinking about days out on the water in the wind and the waves. 

    News and Announcements

    Renew membership and register kids for Classes - Please visit the CYC website - to login and renew your membership and register kids for the summer sailing classes.  YOU MUST BE RENEWED BY JUNE 1 TO BE INCLUDED IN THE 2016 DIRECTORY.

    Work weekend June 11-12 2016!  - Please consider a June trip to the island (even for the day) to help open up the club.  Lunch will be served and it’s a great way to see old friends, meet new ones, and help out the CYC.  Many hands make light work!  Please join the crew on Saturday June 11 if you can!  We need you help!

    60th Anniversary Capital Campaign - New dock!

    The 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign has been very successful.  We have received pledges for over 80% of our $250,000 goal but we need your help to reach the mark.  Celebrate 60 years of the Cuttyhunk Yacht Club with a contribution!   As part of our planned improvements we replaced four of the lasers last summer and are rebuilding the dock this spring.  Thank you to everybody who has contributed to this effort.  Three cheers!

    Instructors  - We have a great team of instructors onboard for the 2016 summer – Maddie Lynch, Hannah Lynch, and Carter Walker will be leading the crew with Ben Frothingham there for part of the summer.  We are still looking for a Third Instructor with experience as a junior to work some of the weeks.  Please contact John Kidder at if you are interested.

    Messing about in boats… - We are looking to hire a part-time “boatswain” to perform maintenance and repair to the CYC sailboats and support powerboats. This person will be responsible for working with the CYC staff to identify and prioritize needed maintenance and repair of the boats in the N10, Laser, and 420 fleets.  Some experience with boat hardware and marine repair is necessary.  Hourly rate based on experience.

    If you are interested in any of these announcements or have any questions please contact John Kidder at

    2016 Schedule

    June 11-12       Work Weekend Commissioning

    June 20            First Week of Classes

    July 23             July CYC Party

    August 15        Last Week of Classes

    August 19        Decommissioning           

    August 20        August CYC Party

  • May 19, 2015 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring 2015 Newsletter

    Happy May from the Cuttyhunk Yacht Club!  Now that the ice has departed from the harbor we can start thinking about the summer days ahead.  Here are some announcements:

    News and Announcements 

    Renew membership and register for classes - Please visit the new redesigned CYC website ( to renew your membership and register kids for the summer sailing classes. Thank you to Libby Garfield for getting this up and running and for coordinating our membership!  If you need a password to get logged in, please contact Libby at:

    Work weekend June 13-14 2015!  - We would like to press you into service for the good of the club!  This is a great excuse to make a weekend or day trip to Cuttyhunk.  Lunch will be served to all the scrubbers, sweepers, lifters, painters, etc.  Along with commissioning the boats we have a lot of other projects that need attention.  Many hands make light work! Please join the crew on Saturday June 13 if you can!

    CYC third instructor  - We have a great team of instructors onboard for the 2015 summer – Maddie Lynch, Hannah Lynch, Sebastian Lucas, and Ben Frothingham.  We are still looking to fill one of the CYC third instructor position.  Third instructors typically have completed advanced sailing and some instructor experience, such as teaching sailing as a CYC junior instructor. We’re hoping to fill the position for nine weeks but we’ll also consider applicants who can work part of the season.

    Fleet maintenance technician -  We are looking to hire a fleet maintenance technician (10-15 hours per week) to perform regular maintenance and repair to the CYC sailboats and support powerboats. This person is responsible for working with the CYC instructors to identify and prioritize needed maintenance and repair of the boats in the N10, Laser, and 420 fleets.  Some experience with boat hardware and marine repair is necessary.  Expected tasks include repairing or replacing rigging and hardware, hull repairs, etc.  General facilities maintenance may also be included. Hourly rate based on experience.
    Lasers for sale
    The CYC will be replacing four of the Lasers this year!  To make room for these new boats we are offering up four of the used Lasers to be available for purchase for $500.  The boats will be equipped with rigging, spars, and a sail but will be sold as-is.  We need to make room for the new Lasers so these boats cannot be stored at the CYC and must be relocated once they are purchased.  Any boats that do not find a new home will be shipped off island so please let us know if you’re interested.

    If you are interested in any of these announcements or have any questions please contact John Kidder at

  • January 19, 2015 10:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Winter 2015 Newsletter

    Happy New Year from the Cuttyhunk Yacht Club!  I hope you’re staying warm this winter and looking forward to summer days.

    The 2014 season was very successful and I'd like to thank all the instructors for the wonderful job they did. This past summer Cathy Broderick concluded her tenure as Commodore and I want to offer a special thanks to her for the dedication, hardwork, and many important contributions she made over the years. 

    I also want to thank all the many people who help out the club in numerous ways.  The contribution by a large community of volunteers, with tasks both big and small, is what makes the Cuttyhunk Yacht Club successful.  For the past 60 years the CYC has introduced children to boats and taught them how to sail and enjoy the sea.  This wonderful part of our island community is made possible through the efforts of many people and every little bit helps.  Thank you all so much.

    News and Announcements 

    As the days slowly get longer and we begin to think about the days of summer, here are a few announcements and pieces of business.  If there are announcements that you would like to have included in the next newsletter, please send them to me at

    Interested in being a CYC instructor? 
    If you are interested in being considered for a CYC sailing instructor position please complete a short summary (less than 500 words) summarizing your interest in being a CYC instructor and your sailing experience.  It is preferred if instructors are available between June 13 and August 22 2015.  You may submit the application via email to John Kidder, CYC Commodore at  If you have any questions, please email them to the same address.  Applications are due by Friday February 13 2015.

    Photo Contest!
    Do you have any great photos from the 2014 summer?  We're in the process of updating the website and could use some recent photos.  To encourage submissions we will be offering CYC Boutique prizes for the best submissions in three categories -Fun on the Water, Sailing Action, and Yacht Club Scenes.  Email submissions to by February 20, 2015.  Thanks!

    2015 Schedule
    For those who may be starting to plan their summers, here are some dates:
    13-14 June - Commissioning Work Weekend
    22-26 June - First Week of Classes
    25 July - July CYC Party
    17-21 August - Last Week of Classes
    21 August - Decomissioning               
    22 August - August CYC Party
    That's it for now.  Three Cheers!
    John Kidder, CYC Commodore

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