Located on the North Shore of Long Island only 17 miles East of Manhattan, Port Washington is a waterfront gem known for its marinas, yacht clubs and golf courses, as well as for its old-fashioned charm and historic beauty. The village of Port Washington is quaint and bustling, featuring diverse restaurants, eclectic shopping, convenient train access, summer concerts and outdoor film events are only a sampling of the extraordinary neighborhood of Port Washington.
Founded in 1874 on the Harlem River, Manhattan, the Knickerbocker Yacht Club has prospered despite several relocations. Built to encourage “Yachting and the cultivation of Naval Science and Seamanship”, the club made its final move into Port Washington in 1907. The Knickerbocker Yacht Club endured both World Wars, The Great Depression, Hurricane Carol, numerous internal issues and survived as the second-oldest yacht club on the Long Island Sound. In the early 1980s, the club hosted approximately 300 families with 165 boats, thriving with iceboating and dinghy races in the winter months.
The club’s Knickerbocker Cup race became internationally known. World champion runner Lon Myers began his track career running for the Knickerbocker Yacht Club. Bus Mosbacher, who skippered two winning teams in the America’s Cup races, and world champion sailor Robert Mosbacher were members of the club. After the popularity of boating declined and the price of living on Long Island increased dramatically, members slowly left the Knickerbocker Yacht Club. In 2009, with membership below 120 families, a decision was made to close the Yacht Club. After being sold to Cord Meyer Development Company in 2012, development began on a new structure which today is the Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel.