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Devon is dedicated to family, friendship and community and seeks to encourage and promote the sport of yachting, the science of seamanship and navigation as well as the sport of tennis.

Established as the Gardiner’s Bay Boat Club in 1908, the Devon Yacht Club, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of New York on November 8, 1916, on land provided by the Gardiner’s Bay Company. Founding members who had been active in the original boat club included William S. Rowe, Colonel William Cooper Proctor, Joseph Rawson, and Richmond Levering.

For more than a century our members have raced and sailed for pleasure in the southeast portion of Gardiner’s Bay, one of the finest sailing venues on the east coast. These protected waters with steady breezes are also ideal for youth instruction and since 1934 the Club has conducted its summer sailing program for children age 5-16. In addition to sailing, Devon offers outstanding tennis and bridge programs and a beautiful setting for dining overlooking Gardiner’s Bay.

Community Involvement

It has been a long-standing priority of the Club to be a positive contributor to the communities of Amagansett and East Hampton. Devon members have made gifts of land for the benefit of fellow residents including the site for the Amagansett Library; 130 acres on the bay encompassing Fresh Pond, Albert’s Landing and Little Albert’s Landing beaches; and 1,300 acres running from the bay to the ocean, encompassing what is now Napeague State Park.

The Club supports numerous community service, educational and environmental organizations including the Amagansett Fire Department, Historical and Village Improvement Societies, the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery, and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research.  In order to assist local organizations dealing with the Covid-19 crisis, the Club has made donations to the East Hampton and Amagansett Ambulance Associations and the East Hampton and Springs food pantries. Each year several Devon Yacht Club Gardiner’s Bay college scholarships are awarded to East Hampton high school seniors who demonstrate an interest in preserving our marine environment.

Since 1947, Devon has hosted an annual 4th of July fireworks display by the Grucci Family for our members and neighbors in Amagansett and East Hampton.