Bill Lynn joins Classic Yacht Owners’ Association

Published on January 22nd, 2018

Newport, RI (January 22, 2018) – The Directors of the Classic Yacht Owners’ Association have appointed 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.

“Our success over the past two years is entirely due to Clark’s 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!”

The membership-driven, nonprofit Classic Yacht Owners Association was established in 2015 to encourage fellowship amongst owners within the classic yacht racing community. The organization’s goal 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. It also works to promote and educate classic yacht owners in the United States with the objective of attracting new members and creating new funding opportunities to support future classic yacht events. Website:

Source: CYOA

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