2023 Winter Programs 

During the off season, the MYC Program Committee invites experts to present boating topics such as chartering, engine maintenance, cruising, and safety.  All programs are free and open to MYC members and the general public.  These programs offer a great way to learn something new, meet fellow boaters, and stay engaged with the Club during the off-season.  All programs are Wednesday evening at the MYC starting at 7pm - doors open at 6:45pm. 

Winter Program 2023 Schedule:

Jan 25, 2023          Boat and Seascape Photography Tips - Bruce Durkee

Feb 15, 2023         Marblehead Myths, Legends and Lore - Pam Peterson

Mar 15, 2023         Marblehead Yacht Club and Shipyard History - John Murray

Apr 19, 2023        Getting the Most out of your Sails, Tips on Sail Trim - Brad White

Upcoming Events

Boat and Seascape Photography Tips

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Presented by Bruce Durkee


Bruce has been taking photos of boat races and seascapes for many years and has won several photo contests.  You can often find Bruce on the Corinthain Race Committee boat with a camera in his hand capturing exciting regatta photos or around Marblehead waiting for the light to be just right to catch a photo of the harbor.  

Bruce will share some tips to help make your boat photography better including light placement, horizon, background and many other tricks photographers use to make pictures go from 'blah' to 'wow'.

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Marblehead Myths, Legends and Lore

Wed, Feb 15 2022 @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm 

Presented by Pam Peterson, Author and Marblehead Museum & Historical Society director


Pam will recount the oral and written accounts that Marbleheaders have handed down over the past 400 years and which she has documented in her book 'Marblehead Myths, Legends and Lore'. She will share a diverse sampling of tales from Marblehead's past including stories of magic and witches, sailors, pirates and shipwrecks and more in this book filled with folks with great stories and interesting lives.  We guarantee you will learn something new and interesting!

Marblehead Yacht Club and Shipyard Waterfront History

Wed, March 15, 2023 @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm 

Presented by John Murray, MYC History Committee Chair


For the past 3 years John and the MYC History Committee have uncovered and documented much of the history of the MYC and the Shipyard which in a new book. You will learn about the shipyard that launched many clipper ships including a 189-foot Belle of the Sea and the airplane factory that was the largest employer in Marblehead.  Learn how the club was formed by some nefarious shipyard residents during a time when the shoe making reined and the Temperence movement pitted drinkers against teetotalers. Learn about the short-lived rowing craze that swept the country and left many Marbleheaders broke. We will discuss growth of Marblehead dory and sailboat racing and how the MYC was instrumental in the Town Class's success. Finally learn about the landlords, fire, wharf rats and renovations at the club making the MYC it the best kept yachting secret in Marblehead. 

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Getting the Most out of your Sails - Tips on Sail Trim

Wed, April 19, 2023 @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm 

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Presented by Brad White, North Sails


Brad White grew up sailing and racing in Mass Bay and was Captain of the Boston University sailing team from ‘79-’80 and nominated to Collegiate All American as crew. Since then, he has been working in the sailmaking industry since 1983 and has been with North Sails over 27 years in various capacities: production, service and sails. 

Brad will present tips on better sail trim for both cruising and racing boats.  Whether you are a day-sailor, racer or cruiser you will learn tricks to help the boat sail better.  Starting with the setting the rig to keep the mast straight, he will explain how using halyards, lines, sheets and other things will help affect the shape of the sail for light to heavy wind conditions and help your boat to sail better. Novices to Experts will learn something new. The presentation will be interactive, and Brad will field any question from the audience.