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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 AMYA News

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