Oyster sold its first yacht to American owners just over 30 years ago. Business activity grew steadily over the next 10 years to a level which led to the Oyster USA office opening in Newport, Rhode Island in 1993. Now 20 years later and with two of the original USA staff still working for Oyster – Molly Marston and Will White – it was an occasion to celebrate! A dozen Oyster owners and guests gathered at the splendid New York Yacht Club Harbour Court clubhouse for an evening of good company, fine wines and great food. Two yachts represented - Philip and Helen Scourfield's 545–01 Shelena and Joe and Cathey Leitch's 725-02 On Liberty – are both due to set off on the next Oyster World Rally in January and this set the scene for many, many stories about great cruising far and wide.
The latest yacht to be delivered to the USA – a centreboard version of the Oyster 625 owned by Canadian John McTigue – will be on proud display at the Newport and Annapolis boat shows in September/October 16 – our thanks to him for allowing us to do this!
Oyster CEO David Tydeman, put the question to the attendees over dinner to guess which state has the most Oyster owners within the ~150 yachts sold in to the USA and Canada over the past 3 decades – quick to guess correctly were two new joiners of the Oyster Family - Mitch Reeves and Rich Morano - who have both recently bought Oyster 62s through brokerage … "Texas" - (their home state) was their quick and proud retort!
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Photo by Onne Van der Wal