Team SIYC Ready for Rolex Invitational Cup – How to Watch

by Will Ricketson

Dear members,

The big event is finally upon us. Thanks to an amazing few years of ambition and accomplishment, and springing from milestones in junior sailing, H12’s, Etchells, the Olympic Games (two of them!) the success of Prospector and our big-boat fleet, and now at the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup, our island and our club have never been so prominent in the sailing world. We can all be proud.

Just the latest example of this could be seen this week, as Shelter Island Yacht Club, the smallest sailing organization ever to challenge for the Invitational Cup, headlined the pre-regatta press release:

“I am really looking forward to racing with my Shelter Island Yacht Club in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup,” said Amanda Clark, who represented the USA in the 470 in two Olympic Games. “The club and its members did so much for supporting my Olympic sailing endeavors, I am honored give back and get involved.”

Paul McDowell, Shelter Island Yacht Club’s helmsman and one of the owners of the successful Mills 68 Prospector syndicate, welcomed the opportunity to compete in the event. “The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is probably the premier Corinthian regatta in the world, and I was anxious to be a part of our team and help in any way I can. It’s an absolute honor for our club to be invited. I sort of like the David and Goliath aspect to being the smallest club. We have some really terrific sailors, and this gives us a chance to show that on a larger stage. The club membership has been tremendously supportive of the effort, with many sailors volunteering to be a part of the team both on and off the water. The membership has also stepped up financially to help get us to the starting line.” Click here to read the full story.

After months of practice, racing and strategizing, our team, led by Team Captain Brendan Brownyard, is ready to race.

The Officers and Trustees of the Shelter Island Yacht Club would like to personally thank all of the SIYC members who have donated to our club’s Invitational Cup efforts so far and remind you that 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.

If you have not made a donation and wish to, please contact Lori Kimmelmann at 631-749-0888 or and have your donation put on your house account.

How to watch and follow your team:

Basic Information:
  • Regatta homepage is HERE.
  • Sailing Instructions are HERE.
  • Event schedule can be found HERE.  (Racing runs from Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Text Alerts: The event be using TextCaster to keep competitors and spectators informed of key regatta decisions including on-shore and on the water postponements, party schedules and other pertinent information. To sign up for these alerts please click HERE.
Note: The opening and closing ceremonies are ticketed events, but SIYC members can meet up with the team on the beautiful lawn and hilltop bar at NYYC and catch up each day after racing.

TV Coverage:

In partnership with Degan Media and TracTrac, every race of the 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational will be broadcast online. Live footage and 3D animation will be utilized for the coverage, which will be accompanied by commentary from sailing experts including America’s Cup sailor Andy Green and America’s Cup commentator Tucker Thompson. Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup skipper Ken Read will be a guest commentator on Friday, Sept. 15. This coverage will be available via the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup Facebook page. For on-the-water spectators who would like to listen to the commentary, we highly recommend the use of a Bluetooth speaker to stream the audio from the Facebook App on your iPhone or iPad.

Controllable live tracking will be available via the event webpage and the TracTrac app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The 2D tracking will allow fans to follow a specific boat for the duration of the race. The tracking can be replayed anytime following the conclusion of the race.

A new feature this year will be pre- and post-race shows broadcast from the Hospitality Tent on the Lower Lawn of the New York Yacht Club. Each morning, Tucker Thompson, Andy Green and a host of special guests will preview the day’s action, highlighting the teams to watch and the key decisions each team will have to make on the racecourse. After racing, we’ll check in with the top teams from that day and review the most exciting moments. This will all be broadcast via the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup Facebook page.

All race information—including results, race instructions, press releases, etc.—will be accessible via the 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup webpage. You can also look back at the previous four editions of this premiere event.

Social Media:

Official NYYC-IC Facebook Page. (Hosts the Live TV feed)

Official NYYC-IC Instagram Page. 

Spectator Boats

SIYC will have three spectator boats onsite in Newport. The Ward family’s Summertime, the Mills’ Salute, and a red SIYC coaching RIB will make up the core of our fleet. We also expect other members will arrive to add to what is expected to be a substantial spectator fleet following the event. If you want to bring your own boat, you must register HERE and attend a daily briefing prior to racing. Remember… fly those burgees high and clear! Contact Team Captain Brendan Brownyard for more information.

Club Access:

Guest cards for NYYC can be requested HERE.

Newport Information:

– Newport Area Logistics (housing, transportation, marinas, services, etc.
– Newport Area Activities (cultural, beaches, sports, museums, mansions, walks, etc.)

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)
SIYC Racing Team – Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup 2017 
  • Team Captain: Brendan Brownyard (Will not be racing onboard)
  • Helmsman: Paul McDowell
  • Tactician: Amanda Clark
  • Pit: Commodore Jamie Mills
  • Pit Assist: John King
  • Jib Trimmer: Andrew Rowsom
  • Jib Trimmer/Grinder: Will Ricketson
  • Spinnaker Trimmer: Andrew Wolf 
  • Mast: Chris Constant
  • Bow: Christian Langendal
  • Main Trimmer: Todd McKenzie
  • Owner’s Representative & Crew Boss: Tery Glackin
  • John Sommi
  • Andrew Ward
  • Matt Kapell
  • Ed Carey

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:

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:

Etchells Worlds


Pictured: Scott Kaufman’s America Jane II, USA 1198, racing in Cowes.

Mid-Regatta Update, September 7: The 2016 Etchells Class World Championship is heating up over in historic Cowes, UK, as 58 of the world’s best teams compete for one of the most coveted prizes in one-design sailing. Many of the best amateur and professional sailors on the planet are present, including Olympic medalists, America’s Cup winners, and more. It is a tribute to the longevity and health of the Etchells that the annual World Championship continues to attract such a deep pool of talent. Three SIYC Fleet 15 boats are competing: Scott Kaufman helming America Jane II, Jay Cross helmingSkanky Gene, and Greg Hodkinson, Don Shillingburg, and Marc Robert onboardCool Shivy.

With five races completed out of a scheduled nine, the Shelter Island boats have certainly made their presence known. Three-time Olympian Cross and his team currently stand in 12th overall, pacing the SIYC contingent, with their best finishes being a 2nd and an 8th. Cross and his team are known as one of the fastest in the international fleet, and they have definitely demonstrated that so far. Fellow Olympian Kaufman lies just behind in 14th overall, but is currently carrying a 59-point UFD (over early) penalty accrued during Race 1. After that early hiccup, Kaufman has sailed very well, highlighted by a bullet in Race 5 (hopefully they gave him that shotgun shell!). If he can continue to finish consistently, Kaufman will drop the UFD score after six races and hopefully jump upwards. Hodkinson/Shillingburg/Robert onboard Cool Shivy opened their regatta with a very impressive finish in the teens, and are in 7th place overall in the highly competitive Corinthian division.

For results, news and race tracking, check out the event website:

Best of luck to all three Shelter Island boats, which have already made our club proud

– Will Ricketson

Etchells Long Island Sound Championship

Etchells Long Island Sound Championships

Mills family are King of the Bays!

Jay Mills, Jamie Mills, Chris Constant and Luke Reich prevailed in 6 races over a very strong 26 boat fleet of Etchells competitors who were graciously hosted for the weekend by the Shelter Island Yacht club and their excellent volunteers and staff teams.

Saturday delivered a tricky 12 knot easterly in Gardiner’s Bay that gradually faded throughout the day. What transpired were four challenging races where the current protection in the bottom right corner of the track, had to be balanced by the pressure and left shifts on the left of the track.

The Mills team started the regatta with a strong win from Thomas Hornos and Steve Benjamin in the opening race of the regatta. Team Mills confidently followed that up with a second to Ched Proctor and team who won Race two and Jay Cross and team who were third in race two.

Race three saw the leading four boats break away from the pack with a good tussle that saw Marvin Beckmann and crew grind out the win and Steve Girling’s team slide past Ched Proctor’s team for second.

The final race of the day saw the return of the Mills team, who were able to cross from the left halfway up the first beat to lead around the weather mark, from Girling and Hornos.

Girling got ahead at the leeward mark and ran away for the win. Mills just managed to hold off Hornos at the finish.

The fleet enjoyed a hearty dinner back at the club with Team Mills out in front with a 1,2,5,2, but a cluster of boats hot on their heels less than 10 points behind.

Sunday dawned with a light Easterly gradient, forecast to swing south and build to 8kts. The fleet towed to Orient Bay.

The first race on Sunday was a drifter, which likely only satisfied the winner, Ched and those who managed to hang in there in the front group (Marvin Beckmann, Steve Schram – they finished in that order…) or those who made Lazarus like recoveries from the back of the fleet to 4th on the final run (Jay Cross).

Finally the sea breeze settled in and we had a reasonable race in 7-9 kts. It was very clearly a pressure left, shift left track and the pin was favored, so everybody wanted to be there. Only team Mills were really able to execute the pin escape well and this converted into a handsome lead at the weather mark. Unfortunately the leaders gybed away from the favored side in the run (something about current…) and Scott Kauffman and crew welcomed the opportunity to stretch their legs at the front of the fleet. They sailed away for an easy win, followed by Marvin Beckman and the Mills/Constant clan who claimed the overall victory with their third.

So overall, Mills was two points ahead of Proctor who was a further three points ahead of Beckmann. Hornos and Girling were another two points back respectively.
A great weekend, good sailing, friendly, yet intense competition and a jovial mood ashore means we’ll be coming back to a Shelter Island Yacht club again, whenever they’ll have us.

Thank you.