Bill LynnThe directors of the Classic Yacht Owners’ Association (CYOA) have welcomed Bill Lynn as the organization’s new Managing Director. The membership-driven, non-profit CYOA 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. Lynn will oversee day-to-day operations of the association.

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Lynn replaces Clark Poston, founding Managing Director of CYOA and the architect of its success over the past two years. “Clark’s been a fantastic director of CYOA, and our success over the past two years is entirely due to his 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.”

“I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge of building CYOA into a vibrant community of classic yachting enthusiasts,” said Lynn. “I love the boats, and I know many of the owners and sailors. This should be fun!”

The CYOA’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 U.S. with the objective of attracting new members and creating new funding opportunities to support future classic yacht events. For more information, visit

Kate Wilson at RisingT contributed to this report.