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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 (RC@SIYC.com)

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 (RC@SIYC.com)

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.

Special Announcement: SIYC Invited to Compete for 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup

Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster

April 4, 2017

Dear Members,

The flag officers are pleased to announce that based on our club’s outstanding performance at the 2016 Resolute Cup, Shelter Island Yacht Club has received and accepted an invitation to participate in perhaps the world’s most prestigious corinthian sailing event, the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup (September 9-16). Commodore Mills recently received word from Commodore Lotz of NYYC that SIYC has earned a place alongside many of the world’s most venerable yacht clubs on the starting line in Newport this fall.

First held in 2009, the Invitational Cup was created to revive a tradition of international competition between yacht clubs that guided early editions of the America’s Cup and similar events. The regatta will be held in the Club Swan 42 class, and is open to World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors. 17 teams from 11 countries and five continents competed in the previous edition of the event in 2015. Among the teams were Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the Japan Sailing Federation, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Real Club Náutico de Barcelona and the host team from the New York Yacht Club.

Over the coming days, a SIYC Racing Team Selection Committee will be formed to guide our campaign. Our club’s intention is not only to participate in the Invitational Cup, but to compete for the championship title. We are fortunate to have a deep bench of racing talent available to sail on behalf of SIYC, and the challenging tasks of selecting a team and gathering resources to support them will begin immediately.

Our club would not have this special opportunity if not for a few key individuals. Our Resolute Cup (2016 qualifier event) racing team of Jay Mills, Aubrey Mayer, Christian Langendal, Andrew Rowsom and Connor Needham, guided by Sailing Director Jeff Bresnahan and coached by Addison Caproni performed spectacularly against a deep field of 27 other clubs last September. To get our team to Newport, a steadfast group of generous donors stepped up and provided Team SIYC with the means to excel. Commodore Mills and Chris Constant have provided strategic vision and organizational acumen over two Invitational Cup qualifier series campaigns since 2014. Finally, the club would like the thank Brendan Brownyard, owner of the Club Swan 42 Barleycorn, for making his boat available for the coming Invitational Cup campaign.

Below you will find more information regarding how our club’s campaign will proceed in the coming weeks.

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. Prospective crew members for the Invitational Cup racing team will submit an application form to the Selection Committee no later than Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Application Form: (download link)

Send completed forms to: Jeff Bresnahan, SIYC Sailing Director (RC@SIYC.com)

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be comprised of six experienced sailors. Three members of the committee will be members of SIYC, and will recuse themselves from consideration as racing crew members for the 2017 Invitational Cup. Other committee members will include the Team Captain, Sailing Director and a paid professional sailing consultant.

Competition Schedule

In order to field a competitive team for the Invitational Cup, the SIYC Racing Team intends to participate in a number of warm up events, which may include some of the regattas listed below:

  • American YC Spring Series #1, April 29-30, Rye, NY
  • American YC Spring Series #2, May 6-7, Rye, NY
  • NYYC 163rd Annual Regatta, June 9-11, Newport, RI
  • Swan 42 U.S. Nationals, July 13-16, Newport, RI
  • Training days (dates TBD)

Main Event: Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup, September 9-16, Newport, RI

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.

More Information: 

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2016 End of Season Race Results

Greenport Bay Race, PHRF Spinnaker 1

  • 3rd, Cloud 9, John Sommi

Greenport Bay Race, PHRF Spinnaker 2

  • 1st, Skanky Jane, Marc Robert
  • 5th, Jul Bocken, James Ecklund

Greenport Bay Race, PHRF Non-Spinnaker

  • 8th, Sachem, Jonathan Russo

Greenport Ocean Race, IRC Division

  • 1st, Barleycorn, Brendan Brownyard
  • 2nd, Bravo, Sedgwick Ward

Greenport Ocean Race, PHRF Spinnaker 1

  • 1st, Barleycorn, Brendan Brownyard

Greenport Ocean Race, PHRF Spinnaker 2

  • 3rd, Bravo, Sedgwick Ward

Greenport Ocean/Bay Race Full Results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2823

Whitebread Race, PHRF Spinnaker

  • 4th, Barleycorn, Brendan Brownyard
  • 7th, Etchells USA 1248, Will Ricketson (3rd Div. 3A)
  • 10th, Cloud 9, John Sommi (1st Div. 2A)
  • 12th, Bravo, Sedgwick Ward
  • 15th, Renegade, Jeff Pribor

Whitebread Race, PHRF Non-Spinnaker

  • 12th, Varuna, Peter Dinkel (2nd Div. 5A)
  • 17th, Buccaneer, Richard Tiernan (3rd Div. 6A)

Whitebread Race Full Results: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12838#_newsroom

SIYC Race Week Recap

SIYC Race Week – A Brief Recap

If you have ever attended the commissioning ceremony you know that the club chaplain invokes a non-denominational yet powerful deity, and asks for “fair winds” for the sailing season. Well someone up there answered in the affirmative.

The S.I.Y.C. just concluded 3 days of top quality racing. The winds were plentiful Friday the 5th, more so on Saturday the 6th and accommodating on Sunday the 7th. Thirty-three boats registered. A fair proportion from adjoining waters and clubs.

There were two types of races. The first day was a counter clockwise circumnavigation of the island. The second and third were around the marks and buoys races.

The race committee was able to group the PHRF rated boats into 4 classes. This allowed for closer scores and better more evenly matched competition. The innovative use of rendezvous circles for the divisions in different bays ensured that the races were sailed in the best wind and tide conditions.

The organization was superb. The race committee, headed this year by John Kenney with the invaluable help from Jeff Bresnahan just ran a first rate regatta. Everything was well organized, from the notice of race and sailing instructions to the VHF on water communications. The instructions were always clear.

The racing was exciting and challenging. The boats sailed in Gardiners Bay on Saturday and Peconic on Sunday. The different divisions sailed different courses, again to take advantage of the wind and tide.

There were so many facets that made the regatta a success it would be hard to list them all…but here are a select few: seven commodores participated in the event, many yachts had multi-generational families on board, the comradery at the after parties was a great time to recap and catch up with friends, and finally the welcoming nature of all the race officers and club staff made everything so smooth.

Larry Landry of White Witch and Prospector fame was the guiding light behind the regatta. He could not have been more pleased at the results. “Spectacular racing” was his sum up observation.