Peggy Wilson Hersam, Executive Director



PO Box 148

Newport, RI  02840

Peggy is a recent Newport transplant, arriving in 2020 from Darien, CT.  No stranger to Newport, Peggy has spent lots of time sailing small one-designs and team racing on Narragansett Bay… and trailering 420s, Optis and coach boats in and out of RI(!) She comes from a sailing family, her father having grown up on Narragansett Bay and was a Hall of Fame sailor at Brown.  Peggy first grew up sailing at Noroton YC and then for many years on Cape Cod.  Her post-college years were in the marine industry with Sail Magazine and then Imtra Corp before heading to New York’s glittery magazine business.  Family life brought her back to Darien where she raised three children and became an active member and ultimately Commodore of Noroton Yacht Club.  The years of rising through the ranks to Commodore were some of the most challenging and transformative times in the history of the club, ultimately resulting in the demolition of the clubhouse and rebuild of a new state-of-the-art building and compound. She is a member of both the New York Yacht Club and Noroton Yacht Club and still actively sails and team races.