Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

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Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
Burgee of Seawanhaka Corinthian YC.svg
Short name SCYC
Founded 1871
Location 314 Yacht Club Rd., Centre Island, New York 11771
Cutter Shona raced in the Corinthian Yacht Club, New York

The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the Western Hemisphere,[1] located in Centre Island, New York, with access to Long Island Sound.


The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club was founded (as the "Seawanhaka Yacht Club") in September 1871 aboard the sloop Glance, anchored off Centre Island. Glance's captain, William L. Swan, was elected Seawanhaka’s first Commodore. For many years, club meetings were held aboard this flagship.


Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
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The club in the 1890s. Photo by John S. Johnston
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club is located in New York
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club is located in the US
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
Location Centre Island, New York
Coordinates 40°54′8″N 73°30′49″W / 40.90222°N 73.51361°W / 40.90222; -73.51361Coordinates: 40°54′8″N 73°30′49″W / 40.90222°N 73.51361°W / 40.90222; -73.51361
Built 1891
Architect Gibson, Robert W.
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 74001265 [2]
Added to NRHP January 8, 1974

In 1881, the club leased space on Centre Island, and the word "Corinthian" was incorporated into the club’s name. In 1887 the organization leased a club house in Manhattan. Finally, in 1891-1892, the club returned to Centre Island, where a new club house was opened, and the club merged with the Oyster Bay Yacht Club.

Recognizing its important history, the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[3]


Seawanhaka Rule[edit]

In 1882, the club adopted a rating rule that would govern all its races:

Simply known as the "Seawanhaka Rule", it served as a rating for all eastern seaboard races from 1887 onwards, including the America's Cup from 1893 to 1903. The Load Waterline Length was usually placed under a class limit, where any amount beyond the limit was counted double.


  1. ^ "About the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club," Official site. Accessed Mar. 26, 2013.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places, listed January 8, 1974.
  4. ^ "E. C. Benedict Dies in his 87th Year. Was Sixty-four Years in Wall St. and One of the World's Leading Yachtsmen. Loved Long Cruises in Strange Waters. Once Shipwrecked. Was Cleveland's Friend". New York Times. November 24, 1920. Retrieved 2009-02-03. E.C. Benedict, banker and yachtsman, died last night in his eighty-seventh year at his home, Indian Harbor, Greenwich, Conn. Mr. Benedict had been ill for more than a year, and his end came quietly from a complication of diseases incident to old age, shortly before 9 o'clock. 

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