SIYC Preparations Underway for the 2017 Invitational Cup

April 23, 2017

Dear Members,

In the wake of Shelter Island’s recent inclusion in what is perhaps the world’s most prestigious corinthian big-boat regatta, our club’s officers, staff and membership have mobilized to organize a competitive campaign for the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup (September 9-16). Two management committees have been formed to support the effort, and the practice schedule has been updated. NYYC has also announced that fifteen formidable teams representing nine countries have been confirmed to compete for the Cup this fall: 2017 Invitational Cup Entry List:

  • Bayview Yacht Club (USA)
  • Eastern Yacht Club (USA)
  • Itchenor Sailing Club (Great Britain)
  • Japan Sailing Federation (Japan)
  • New York Yacht Club (USA)
  • Royal Cork Yacht Club (Ireland)
  • Royal Danish Yacht Club (Denmark)
  • Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Hong Kong / China)
  • Royal Swedish Yacht Club (Sweden)
  • Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (Australia)
  • Royal Thames Yacht Club (Great Britain, Defending Champions)
  • Royal Yacht Squadron (Great Britain)
  • Shelter Island Yacht Club (USA)
  • Southern Yacht Club (USA)
  • Yacht Club Argentino (Argentina)

Team Administration:

SIYC Sailing Director Jeff Bresnahan has overseen many of the initial preparations for the campaign, and has appointed five members to a new SIYC Racing Team Committee to assist with planning and organizational tasks:

  • Brendan Brownyard (Chair)
  • Jamie Mills (Commodore)
  • Jay Mills (Administration/Strategy)
  • Chris Constant (Administration/Fundraising)
  • Will Ricketson (Communications/Marketing)
  • Jeff Bresnahan (Sailing Director)

Sailor Selection: 

Sailor selection for the SIYC Racing Team competing for the 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup will be conducted by a Selection Committee appointed by the flag officers of SIYC, in consultation with the Sailing Director. All members of the selection committee have recused themselves from consideration for onboard roles on the SIYC Racing Team. Prospective crew members have already submitted applications for roles on the sailing and support teams. The selection committee itself has been confirmed to include the following members:

  • Peter Dinkel (Sailing Development Committee Chair)
  • Steve Schram (Commodore and Trustee)
  • Peter Rowsom (Protest Committee)
  • Jeff Bresnahan (Sailing Director)
  • Team Captain (TBD, Appointed by the Selection Committee)
  • Non-Member Pro Sailing Advisor (TBD, Appointed by the Sailing Development Committee)

Questions regarding team selection: Jeff Bresnahan, SIYC Sailing Director (

Updated Team Schedule

In order to field a competitive team for the Invitational Cup, the SIYC Racing Team intends to participate in a number of practice days and warm up events onboard Barleycorn, Brendan Brownyard’s battle-tested Swan 42. Here is the current plan:

  • Practice Day #1: May 29, Shelter Island
  • Practice Day #2: June 3, Shelter Island
  • NYYC 163rd Annual Regatta, June 9-11, Newport
  • Swan 42 U.S. Nationals, July 13-16, Newport
  • Practice Day #3: July 22, Shelter Island
  • Practice Day #4: July 29, Shelter Island
  • Practice Day #5: August 12, Shelter Island
  • Practice Day #6: August 26, Shelter Island
  • Main Event: NYYC Rolex Invitational Cup, September 9-16, Newport

Attendance Policy: Prospective team members will plan to be available for at least three of the six practice dates, and one of the two planned preliminary regattas (NYYC Annual and Swan 42 Nationals).

Questions regarding the schedule: Jeff Bresnahan, SIYC Sailing Director (

More Information: 

Previous Updates:

Spectating in Newport

The club highly encourages all members to mark their calendars for the Invitational Cup, and appear in Newport either on land or afloat to cheer on our team. With nearly two dozen club-branded Swan 42’s competing in one of the world’s iconic sailing venues, the regatta will truly be a sight to see. Furthermore, our racing team will sincerely appreciate a healthy SIYC spectator fleet present at the event.

Depending on weather conditions, racing will be held on Rhode Island Sound or in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. For those unable to come, live video coverage with expert commentary will be available online. In prior years, Gary Jobson has also produced a recap documentary broadcast on ESPN.

More About the Invitational Cup

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial event hosted by the NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island in September at its Harbour Court Clubhouse. The Invitational Cup is a regatta for yacht clubs from around the world and their sailors. It has become an important Corinthian (amateur) sailing competition. The racing is in NYYC Swan 42s – the eighth one-design class created by the New York Yacht Club since 1900.

The host team won the inaugural running of the event in 2009, with NYYC Commodore Phil Lotz leading the team to victory. In 2011 and 2013 it was the Royal Canadian Yacht Club that won the event led by Olympic silver medalists (1984, Flying Dutchman) Terry McLaughlin. In 2015, the team from the Royal Thames Yacht Club topped the fleet.