9. The Kennedy Sailing Tradition

One of the most well-known Kennedy pastimes is sailing, often from Hyannis Harbor into Nantucket Sound. JFK and Jacqueline spent many summers sailing with their family in Hyannis Port. U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy participated often in the legendary Figawi sailing race every year, racing from Hyannis to Nantucket with his wooden schooner, Mya. The Kennedy family boats are moored at Hyannisport Yacht Club, less than one mile from here. Visitors may wish to board a sight-seeing vessel to see the Kennedy Compound from the water. Boats leave from the Bismore Park docks.

The Kennedy Sailing Tradition

Close by, at the Hyannis Port pier is where Ted Kennedy's beloved sailboat The Mya could be seen on its mooring, if he wasn't out winning a race! It wasn’t just Ted and JFK, but most of the Kennedys that have enjoyed taking to the waters in a vessel powered by wind. Today, the next generation of Kennedy sailors enjoys their various Wianno Senior sailboats, made in Osterville to navigate our shallow Cape Cod shoals.

Bobby Kennedy

Robert “Bobby” Kennedy, active in politics and instrumental in the civil rights movement, was born on November 20, 1925, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He and wife Ethel, who married in 1950, had eleven children. Robert managed his brother, John F. Kennedy’s successful senate campaign in 1952 and went on to manage JFK’s presidential campaign in 1960. His brother appointed him U.S. Attorney General. In that role he worked closely and confidentially with his brother, serving as advisor during difficult times such as the Cuban Missile Crisis. He resigned as Attorney General after his brother’s death. He was then elected U.S. Senator from New York. Robert was shot and killed on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California during his run for President.