Eight Bells: Kinloch Nelson Yellott, III

Published on September 15th, 2019

Kinloch “Kin” Nelson Yellott, III

Kinloch “Kin” Nelson Yellott, III. Kin, aged 67, died on August 5, 2019 at his home in Monkton, Maryland of a heart attack.

Kin was a graduate of The Gilman School, Class of 1969, and of the Yale Class of 1973, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Applied Science, lived in St. Anthony Hall, played Varsity Lacrosse, and was the Captain of the Sailing Team.

He was the President of Haven Corporation in Baltimore, MD. In 1978 he joined the Board of The Thomas Wilson Foundation, and became the President in 2011 where he served until his death. This Foundation was set up by Mr. Wilson to donate to causes that benefit the children of Baltimore City.

“He very much made certain that we were honoring Mr. Wilson’s intent,” said Mike McCarthy, a fellow board member. “Kin was true to that mission. He was thoughtful about which groups should receive our funds. He was a great mediator when there were differing opinions on levels of support for certain requests. He was diligent in researching and visiting the organizations that received our grants.”

In addition to his business and philanthropic work, he was an avid fisherman, sailor, and sportsman. Kin was passionate about the outdoors. He grew up marlin fishing out of Ocean City, and later fished in the Chesapeake Bay. He began sailing when his father built him a small sailboat, for after fishing, which lead to his lifelong love of sailing.

For over 40 years Kin raced sailboats all over the world with friends and family. He enjoyed and was successful on the helm, but true to his character he most enjoyed sailing for others. Kin’s accomplishments in a racing sailboat are numerous.

Several of his favorites include the Laser North Americans in Marblehead which qualified him as one of two US boats at the Laser Worlds in Kiel, Germany, racing the One Ton Worlds in Italy with Jim Marshall as tactician, being at the helm of an IOD in Bermuda for the International Match Racing Regatta, placing second in the IOD North Sea Cup in Scotland, crewing for Scott Perry on the Match Race circuit in both California and New Zealand, and two times skippering a J/44 in the Columbus Cup Match Race in Baltimore.

He won Block Island Race Week, the J/24 East Coasts, and the Constable Cup. He very much enjoyed sailing Leda, a ¾ ton IOR boat in which he won Edgartown Race Week, set a record for the fastest IOR time around Martha’s Vineyard that week with Jim Marshall as tactician, whom he considered was responsible for the win, and won the Annapolis Fall Series many times, including the Viking Trophy.

Kin loved the water and particularly the Chesapeake Bay. He spent a lifetime supporting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in many ways.

He was the beloved husband of Sands McNeil Yellott and the father of Kinloch Yellott, IV and Margaret McNeil Yellott.

A memorial service for Kin will be held at the Saint James Episcopal Church in Monkton, Maryland on September 26 at 4pm. Kin will be much missed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in honor of Kin Yellott.

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