Montauk Yacht Club's Eighty Years Of Fame & Fortune

by KRISTIN LUCIANO · June 2, 2009

    The historically rich Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina, known as MYC for short, will be celebrating their 80th anniversary during this upcoming summer. Specifically there will be a huge roaring 20's themed 80th Anniversary Party on Saturday, June 13th with celebrity chef, Katie Lee Joel. This party will be open to the public all day/night long (11a.-12a.) and will be celebrated on MYC's Great Lawn. If you haven't already read about the rich history of this establishment somewhere before, The Montauk Yacht Club was the pioneer and basically creator of what the Hamptons are today.

    In 1929, Carl Fisher, the architect responsible for making Miami a popular resort city, stumbled upon a quaint fishing village called Montauk. In an effort to do what he did to Miami, Fisher constructed the Montauk Yacht Club to to attract the rich and famous. Fisher sure knew what he was doing because some of the original members of the MYC included Vincent Astor, J.P. Morgan, Nelson Doubleday, Edsel Ford, Harry Payne Whitney, Thomas Eastman, John Wanamaker, Harold S. Vanderbilt, and the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh was a fan of MYC's marina, often utilizing it to fly his seaplane into.

    What truly makes the MYC even more intriguing is their connection to The Star Island Casino. The Star Island Casino eventually was requisitioned by the Montauk Yacht Club, however, during the early 1900's The Star Island contained the area's most popular speakeasy and casino. With MYC's rapid popularity, it quickly grabbed the attention of many Manhattanites and as a result the focus turned eastward towards Montauk. From this, the Hamptons was gradually developed and grew into the cultural niche it is today.

    Along with celebrating their 80th anniversary, the Montauk Yacht Club recently rewarded themselves with a  multi-million dollar face lift with the guidance of IGY (Island Global Yachting). "Today, the newly renovated historic property is comprised of 107 rooms and 23 private villa accommodations and continues to stay true to the Montauk landmark's legacy and old world charm, maintaining a luxuriously casual atmosphere. "