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Welcome to the American Yacht Club

On the banks of the beautiful Merrimack River, Newburyport, MA

The American Yacht Club is America's oldest continually operating private yacht club. We are located in Newburyport Massachusetts on the Merrimack River, just a short jaunt from the river's mouth. We operate as a volunteer group and the members participate in the many operations that keep the club vital and the buildings and grounds in excellent condition.

The American Yacht Club is host to many regattas every year, including the Chet Young Regatta and the Rum Run Regatta. Along with these events, the AYC also organizes a sailing school to encourage and educate younger sailors in the techniques and skills of safe sailing.

Popular Learn to Sail Program

As an important part of our community, the American Yacht Club provides a great way to learn to sail and to hone sailing and racing skills

For over 60 years the AYC, through the Newburyport Summer Sailing Program, has been providing instruction to its members, families and the community. Over the years our staff instructors, using a fleet one-designed boats, annually teach over 90 children the joy of sailing! Classes are scheduled at one-week intervals with both morning and afternoon sessions

The Adult Sailing Course is offered two nights a week for four weeks each in July and August. Please visit our sailing school pages for more information. Specific dates and fees are on the Application Page.

Learn more about our sailing school.

updated: 2018-01-16 10:22:16 by: Jim Grenier, Webmaster