by Keith Costa

Men on a boat

When I moved back to Boston, I was disappointed to find out that the Yankee Cruising Club (YCC) was not very active. I’m excited to be part of the efforts to get the club going again and I’m looking forward to a great season.

  The YCC, New England’s club for LGBTQ boaters, has refocused on its core mission of bringing together gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender boaters to have fun on and off the water. We welcome all new members with an interest in boating, and we’re especially open to more women members. As part of the relaunch, the YCC has created a new website, planned several events, and suspended dues.

  men on a boatThe new website, is a place where members can learn about events, see photos from past outings, chat about boats, and get in touch with other members.

  The club has planned regular meetings both on and off the water. During the sailing season, there are three on-the-water events planned: June 25-26 on Buzzards Bay, July 30-31 in Boston Harbor, and August 13-14 in Provincetown for Carnival. In addition, there are plans for many smaller events to give members without boats a chance to get their sea legs.

  The Yankee Cruising Club was founded over 25 years ago to bring gay and lesbian boaters together to meet, make friends, and – most importantly – get out on the water. It is an open and friendly place for people to socialize and be themselves. The club is made up of a diverse group of water lovers: men and women, young and young at heart, boat owners and crew, sailboaters and power boaters, those who are new to the sport and those with extensive blue water experience.

  For more information or to join, visit our website, email us, or call (508) 423-6123. θ

Keith Costa is the incoming Commodore of the Yankee Cruising Club.

Sailboat on the water