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Montauk Yacht Club celebrates 80 years

The Montauk Yacht Club on Long Island will celebrate its 80th anniversary this weekend with a grand reopening and throwback to the days of moonshine, “Lucky Lindy” and jazz, when the resort was founded.

The club opened in 1929 as an exclusive, private yacht club for some of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the country, including the Chryslers, Astors, Vanderbilts, Fords and Doubledays. Charles Lindbergh, the aviator, was another founding member and used to land his seaplane in Lake Montauk and moor it at the club’s marina.

Carl Fisher, the developer who envisioned transforming all of Montauk into a sprawling resort for the rich and famous, built the original structure known for its miniature replica of the Montauk Lighthouse.

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