1st woman commodore named in Sea Cliff Yacht Club's 128-year history

The Sea Cliff Yacht Club too has set sail toward unchartered waters, with its first woman captain at the helm.

News 12 Staff

Nov 17, 2020, 12:25 AM

Updated 1,306 days ago

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For the first time in its 128-year history, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club has named the club's first female commodore.
November has been a banner month for cracking the glass ceiling. Sen. Kamala Harris is the country's first woman vice president-elect and the Florida Marlins hired Kim Ng as a general manager, making her the highest-ranking woman baseball executive.
The Sea Cliff Yacht Club has also set sail toward uncharted waters with its first woman captain at the helm.
"It's always been a goal of mine to be the first female commodore, and it is exciting," said Robin Maynard.
As a managing partner of a Manhasset law firm and a Sea Cliff Village judge, Maynard, who has been a yacht club member for 14 years, knows how to run a tight ship.
"It's a challenge whenever you're a woman," she said. "To step ahead, you have to try a little harder than everyone else."
Former Commodore Tim O'Rourke agrees and says she is the right woman for the job.
"It brings a fresh perspective that the guys who ran the club before don't have by nature of being men instead of being women," said O'Rourke.
Maynard believes the transition to a woman commodore will be a smooth one.
"The yacht club is really a family here and I think everyone is supportive each other," said Maynard. "Seeing women move forward in these positions is important to us as a society."
Robin Maynard says her goals as commodore include giving young women more opportunities to participate in male-driven sailing events.


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