About Us


Founded in 1984, our first Commodore was elected in 1985 and the Hudson Cove Yacht Club began its operation centered at a marina on the beautiful Hudson River, thirty miles north from the Battery in New York City.

The photo at right
depicts one of the evening's sky shows
as the sun sets over the western hills.
Hudson Cove Yacht Club is dedicated to the support of yachting and associated programs for its members. The club encourages good seamanship and fellowship through racing, cruising, social and educational activities for both sailors and powerboaters.



With more than 50 family units as members,  there is a high level of participation in the fun-filled social calendar which includes throughout the year, parties, banquets, cookouts and the like, as well as outings and special events too.


Hudson Cove Yacht Club has:

      • an active sailboat racing schedule
      • sailboat regattas
      • power boat programs
      • club cruises on the Hudson River and into Long Island Sound
      • educational seminars and speakers
      • as well as other yachting type offerings

 As a benefit of membership, members have access to discounts on merchandise, services, even transient fees, as well as a wide range of reciprocal privileges at Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club Association participating member yacht clubs. 

Our club is located at the Haverstraw Marina
on the west shore of the Hudson River in
West Haverstraw, New York.

Charting a Yacht Club

Imagine that you and a few friends enjoy boating and then imagine that this group begins to formulate the concept of a club. Yes, a yacht club. And this is what happened.....


The idea of a yacht club was little more that a flickering light, a long-range possible dream conjured up on a bleak winter’s night by Jeff Friedman and a small group, sailors and powerboaters. The light brightened and the dream became real as a first meeting was held.


Although no record exists to pinpoint the exact date, it was sometime in the fall of 1984. Ron Alfandre, Don Merberg and Jeff Friedman began getting together and talking about forming such a club to be based out of Haverstraw Marina. They each kept their own boats there and so the venue was ideal. And they had friends there, fellow boaters and boat neighbors who they expected to interest. Over the winter of 1984/85 they decided on a name: Hudson Cove Yacht Club. Preliminary by-laws were written. And, the statement of purpose developed.


And that is what happened.


Charting the Waypoints

June 1985

In some files recently found, was a letter dated
June 24, 1985 from the Vice-Commodore, Ron Alfandre, welcoming Nancy DeVries as a new member of this new yacht club. On the masthead were listed the flag officers of the organization:

Commodore Justin (Jeff) Friedman

Vice-Commodore Ron Alfandre
Rear-Commodore Richard Gale
Senior Fleet Captain Graham Bowes
Treasurer Donald Merberg and
Recording Secretary Mark Williams


Summer 1985

The summer of ’85 was “planning” time and by October 31, 1985 members comprising a steering board, had their first meeting. Present were some of the folks named above plus a few additional (listed as in the minutes):

Jeff Friedman, Don Merberg, Ron Alfandre, Graham Bowes and Nancy DeVries

And mentioned, but not present were: Dick Gale, Donna Wyder and Fred Rosenthal


October 31, 1985

Now with a formal Board of Governors, a meeting was held. Those members present were...Jeff Friedman, Don Merberg, Ron Alfandre, Graham Bowles and Nancy DeVries

Absent: Dick Gale Donna Wyder and Fred Rosenthal


November 1985

By November, editor Fred Rosenthal had mailed the first issue of the new club’s publication, “The Yardarm”. It contained good information about club activities and the upcoming very first elections for the Board of Governors planned for the December 6th meeting. Listed were 15 possible candidates for the 9 open positions on the Board.


1986, an active year for the new Club

  • In January there were two Board of Governor’s  meetings. The first was an informal organizational meeting with the newly elected board.

  • Minutes from the second, on January 23rd, at Mahwah’s “Mason Jar”, lists the names of those members elected to the Board in December. Present at this meeting were: Fred Rosenberg, Harvey Rosenkrantz, Howard Grossman, Nancy Devries, Nancy Nelle, Steve Pendleton and Grady Jones. Absent/excused: Terry Dwyer and Ira Cohen. Guest attending the meeting: Marc Halpern.

  • The next meeting of the Board of Governors, February 25, was held at the Nyack home of Marc and Mark (fondly known collectively as the Marks). Minutes from that meeting list those present as: Fred Rosenberg, Nancy DeVries, Terry Dwyer, Howard Grossman, Harvey Rosenkrantz, Marc Halpern, Jeff Friedman and Steve Pendleton. Excused from the meeting: Nancy Nelle and Ira Cohen. Guests attending: Graham Bowes and Diane Bowes.

  • March brought the first Annual Dinner Dance (later called the Commodore’s Ball), held on the 8th, at the Rockland Manor, NY. Ticket price for the event was a bargain at $30 for dinner, drinks, music and dancing.

  • April marked another important waypoint with the April 11th membership meeting. Nancy DeVries and her committee of Terry Dwyer, Graham Bowes and Nancy Nelle had worked diligently to prepare a full set of by-laws for the club. A motion to accept these By-laws was made, followed by the vote. It was passed unanimously.

  • And, also in 1986: As a club, we joined the Hudson River Yacht Racing Association, HRYRA and hosted the first of our annual HCYC Regattas

  • From an idea in the thoughts of only a few, this became a Club of activity and enthusiasm. And, the word about Hudson Cove spread. It was an exciting time as the Club established itself, gained recognition in the yachting community and developed its well-respected racing program. By year end in 1987: the club membership was at 72 boat units. And by the following year's end, 1988: club membership, totaled 83 boat units.