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AMYA Partnership with Grouper - Who has had their dues paid?
We're thrilled to share some exciting news. American Model Yachting Association has teamed up with Grouper, a Medicare Advantage and Supplement plan benefit, to cover your membership dues!
Do you know anyone who has had their dues paid by Grouper? Probably. Region 2 Director Dave Branning and Region 4 Director Jim Knorr have received their checks. Model Yachting magazine editor Jim Kandler has received his. And past President of AMYA Ray Seta has had his dues reimbursed by AMYA. And many others as well!
Is Grouper an Insurance Company? No! Grouper does not sell insurance. Their mission is to encourage healthy living through activities that build meaningful social connections and shared experiences. They accomplish this by partnering with health plans to pay you for having fun with friends.
What Does This Mean for You? Starting now, members with an eligible health plan can enjoy all the benefits of AMYA membership without the cost. Whether you're a long-time member or new to AMYA, this partnership ensures you can participate and make the most of your time enjoying various activities and spending quality moments with friends.
Check Your Eligibility: Curious to know if you qualify? It's easy! Click here to check your eligibility
Grouper will reach out within 5 business days to inform you if your health plan covers this social benefit. If it does, they'll mail you a check to cover your AMYA dues!
Is AMYA sharing your personal or contact information with Grouper? No! The only way that Grouper gets ANY of your information, is if you provide it to them directly, when checking to see if you are eligible for this benefit. AMYA has not provided, and will not provide, any of your contact or personal information to Grouper.

Contact Grouper at 833-906-1700 with any questions.
6/18/2024 AMYA News

RC Lasers Back in Central Park, NY
The Remote Controlled Sailboats are back in Central Park!! ⛵️
A non-profit organization called Rocking the Boat has recently become the new operator of the beloved remote-controlled model sailboat rentals in Central Park.
It’s the first time public remote controlled rentals have sailed since their closure four years ago.
Come sail away! Park visitors can rent miniature boats and sail the Central Park seas. Remote-controlled wind-driven sailing is $15 for 30 minutes. Book your slot online/in advance, or simply walk up and rent (depending on availability).
Rocking the Boat is a Bronx-based nonprofit organization serving the community for over 26 years, and they offer other learning opportunities for the community, such as rowing, boat building, and sailing. More online!
WHERE: 📍Conservatory Water in Central Park. (Enter at 72nd at 5th avenue, and walk down the hill/north to the water).

WHEN: ⏰Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 11am-6pm. Saturdays: 1-7pm. SPECIAL HOURS: Open on Father’s Day - Sunday, June 16: 11am-6pm.
TICKETS: 🎟️$15 for 30 min rental. Book in advance on
GOOD TO KNOW: 📕Walkups are welcome, space permitting. A Cafe, snack counter, and bathrooms are steps away.
6/17/2024 AMYA News

8 Bells for Jim Linville
Jim passed away peacefully on 6/9/2024, following a brief hospitalization. He leaves behind a myriad of friends and family from the East coast to West coast, and everywhere in between. Jim had a gregarious personality, and the people he met in his life were quickly drawn into his sphere of friendship and generosity.

Jim was a lifelong sailor who was passionate about his hobby of building and sailing model yachts. For almost 30 years, Jim maintained a prominent role in the Minuteman Model Yacht Club, teaching and mentoring members, both new and old. Jim also belonged to the American Model Yachting Association, a national model yachting organization. With this organization he served as Regional Director, as US1M Class Secretary, and in multiple publication support staff positions for their “Model Yachting” magazine. In 2008, in recognition of his many achievements, Jim was voted into the American Model Yachting Associations Hall of Fame.

Jim was also diligent in maintaining relationships he developed in life. Every year, after the passing of his wife Sue, Jim would pack up several books-on-tape and take driving trips across the country to visit friends and family along the way. His weeks long adventures would eventually end in San Diego, CA where he had a friend from high school to visit. He would then turn around and zigzag back across the country to visit people he missed initially.

Jim will be missed as a friend, as a mentor and as a committed family member.
6/10/2024 AMYA News

Judy Bonanno New Region 2 Associate Director
Judy Bonanno, of Shrewsbury, NJ, has been named the Associate Regional Director of Region 2 of the American Model Yachting Association(AMYA). AMYA has eight regions in the USA and Dave Branning, Region 2 Director, has selected Judy as ARD based upon her broad regional and national regatta support of many events she and her husband, Domenick, attend throughout the year. Region 2 is the fourth largest region in number of clubs but the largest in number of annual regattas that keeps us busy promoting and managing successful events. Judy has been well known in past years for her terrific photos and videos of all the regattas that she and Domenick attend. She has been increasingly active as a volunteer race committee teammate, as a scorer, starting and finish line judge and has embraced electronic scoring as the wave of the future for so many club, regional and national regattas. While doing all that, Judy's camera is capturing the action for all to enjoy. Judy Bonanno is the best person for the job and will be a most enthusiastic team-mate keeping Region 2 of the AMYA in good hands going forward. Submitted by: Dave Branning, AMYA Region 2 Director.
3/12/2024 AMYA News

Skip Hall
Skip Hall our friend, Race Director and RC Sailor passed away yesterday after a short illness. It is with a heavy heart that we inform our sailing community of Skip's passing. Skip was involved in so many different RC classes and organizations especially the Marbleheaders of Spring Lake it is hard to list them all. Of late his involvement in the IOM class by acquiring boats from all over the world to make available to east coast sailors has been instrumental in growing the class here on the east coast. Just about any regatta in Region 2 had Skip's involvement. His help, sense of humor and company will be sorely missed.

Skip's daughter Kerri wanted our group to know that the friendships he had in our community meant the world to him and kept him young at heart.

Eight Bells Skip you will be missed.
1/6/2024 Eight Bells

Calendar for AMYA Voting
(1) Motions to change by-laws, class rules or (2) submission of nominations or (3) comments on proposed motions, can be made to the Exec Sec any time during the year via email or USPS
11/10/2023 Bulletins

Peter Feldman wins US Sailing 2023 Championship of Champions Regatta
DALLAS, TX (October 22, 2023) - After two days of light-air racing, the 48th US Sailing Championship of Champions presented by Risk Strategies was won by Peter Feldman, a national champion in the DragonFlite 95 class. Feldman, who has years of experience in the realm of radio-controlled sailing, won the Jack Brown Trophy taking the honor home with a total of 27 points over 16 races. The event was sailed October 21-22 at the Corinthian Sailing Club of Dallas in radio-controlled DragonFlite 95s.
10/18/2023 Regatta Results

Vintage model yachts set sail at championship regatta in Chester County
Interview of John Stoudt by Channel 6 ABC about model yachts and the hope to build a Model Yachting Center.
10/18/2023 AMYA News

Beeseleys Point RC Laser Regatta October 1, 2023
10/5/2023 Regatta Results

Annual Bow Lake, NH RC Laser Regatta
10/5/2023 Regatta Results

8 Bells - John Skerry
Gloucester - John B. Skerry, Jr. ,72, peacefully passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Beverly Hospital following a stoic battle with a lengthy illness. He was lovingly surrounded by his family. Born on July 14, 1950 in Concord, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late John and Barbara (Harrington) Skerry. He was the beloved husband of Judith I. (Grace) Skerry.

John was a 1969 Gloucester High School graduate who then went on to further his education, obtaining a Bachelors of Engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Being raised near the ocean shores and with a deep love of the ocean, he then went on to become a fish broker for many years; traveling often, both nationally and internationally. He also enjoyed many years as treasurer for the American Model Yachting Association. He proudly retired from Manchester Marine, where he had enjoyed several years assisting with marine inventory. Throughout his years, he developed a passion for model boat construction and racing; attending multiple regattas and was recognized nationally.

Aside from sailing his beautiful boats, he also loved sitting in the sun on his deck that overlooked the beautiful Mill River, while quietly observing nature; along with taking scenic road trips and vacations with his wife, and dining out with old and new friends at their favorite restaurants. He loved the holidays, especially Thanksgiving; spending time with his family was very special to him. His children and grandchildren will remember him as having the gift to fix most everything, the maker of cool boats; and as a kind and loving father and grandfather.

In addition to his devoted wife, John is survived by one son, Nathaniel Skerry and partner Kelly of Salem and one daughter, Margaret Palazola and husband Bryan of Gloucester; one stepdaughter, Kendra Carrancho and husband John Jr. of Gloucester; two stepsons, Brian Hardy and wife Heather of Gloucester, Adam Hardy and wife Tiffany of Gloucester; six grandchildren, whom he adored, Julia Carrancho, Piper Palazola, Logan Hardy, Noah Skerry, Kailey Hardy and Landen Hardy; his sister, Gail Jones and husband, George of Fox Island, WA; his brother in law David Grace and wife Jennifer, his brother-in-law, Joseph Grace and wife Debbie, and his sister-in-law, Katherine MacInnis and husband Lance; and their children; his niece Kimberly and nephew Jeffrey, along with their children.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. Memorial contributions may be made in John's name to Ipswich Junior Sailing at
4/30/2023 Eight Bells

The Model Yachting Center - Turning the Vision into Reality
The Model Yachting Center (TMYC) is a concept a few of us have been discussing for some time. Some ideas have formed better than others. They all will continue to evolve as the concepts are nurtured. We felt we needed to begin a wider conversation about this endeavor to determine feasibility, finances, interest, location, logistics, and support.

Concern - There is no facility in the United States that is devoted exclusively to the growth, promotion, history, and preservation of model yachting. Many of the participants who are involved in this sport are aging. There are few younger people becoming involved in this sport. The history and legacy of how models and model yachting shaped all of yachting will be lost forever
TMYC-Brochure pdf
4/17/2023 AMYA News

Tax Refund Regatta
4/15/2023 Regatta Results

50th Annual Liberty Bell R2C Regatta
4/1/2023 Regatta Results

2023 Marco Island RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta
3/4/2023 Regatta Results

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Ward
Jack passed away March 4, 2023 surrounded by his family. His battle with cancer was unknown to us in Sun Coast Model Sailing Club. It was just 3 weeks ago he competed in two NCRs. We noticed he was not sailing up to his usual performance. Jack was a fierce competitor and will be greatly missed. He has been the Class Secretary for the US12M class and a past VP of AMYA. Jack won national championships in three classes, US12M, Micro Magic and Soling 1M. Fond memories Jack as you sail away on starboard tack.
3/4/2023 Eight Bells

Sarasota RC Laser Winter Regatta
3/1/2023 Regatta Results

New Club - LINVILLE MODEL YACHT CLUB - Linville Falls NC
2/20/2023 Clubs

7TH ANNUAL RC Laser Saltwater Challenge Regatta
2/19/2023 Regatta Results

IOM REGION 6 Championship Regatta
2/18/2023 Regatta Results

2023 Soling1M NCR Regatta
2/10/2023 Regatta Results

2023 Micro Magic NCR Regatta
2/7/2023 Regatta Results