— US Sailing 🇺🇸⛵️ (@ussailing) September 6, 2019
Through all the adversity and challenges the Beverly Yacht Club (BYC) has endured since the club was founded in 1872, the most important objective of the club remains true today – sailing comes first.
From the Great War and the Great Depression to devastating hurricanes through the years, the Beverly Yacht Club has stayed true to their original purpose – to promote sailing and good fellowship among its members, while welcoming visiting sailors.
The Beverly Yacht Club takes a great deal of pride in welcoming sailors from all over the world to their charming Buzzards Bay venue in Marion, Massachusetts. They have a long history of hosting the Olympic Trials, US Sailing National Championships, and other major sailing events. In September, the Beverly Yacht Club hosted the 2019 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship for the Mallory Trophy.
US Sailing connected with BYC longtime member and future Rear Commodore, Mary Pierce about the “sailing first” culture here at Beverly Yacht Club.
“We are here because we all love to sail, and it still is primarily a sailing club today. It’s all about the racing, cruising, and having fun on the water. We take pride in that. Running races is what we do. We run over 250 races from June through October for our members in five one-design and three PHRF classes five days a week,” said Pierce.
She also discussed how the club pulls together the necessary resources and volunteers to run these events throughout the busy sailing season.
“We have 54 sailors here at the Mallory and we have about 60 volunteers, not including the Race Officers, who we brought in from the outside. We have more volunteers than competitors and practically more support boats than boats racing. This allows us to run a world class event here on our little patch of water. This is what we do and we want to invite others to come sail here.”