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:

3 Day Women’s Clinic a Success

There was general consensus after attending the recent women’s sailing clinic…the feeling of CONFIDENCE. Dona Bergin, Whitney McCarthy and Bobbi MacLeod created a light-hearted environment where we all felt more at ease to take risks and push our sailing skills to a higher level. For example, we now have a solid understanding of how to take an H12 on and off the mooring and this clinic afforded us the opportunity to practice that over two-dozen times! Every woman who has ever considered attending one of these clinics but has not committed yet, please do yourself that favor. The support and constructive feedback from the instructors as well as from the other ladies attending made this an experience of a lifetime. I cannot wait to sail again!

Come join the Thursday evening Racing Clinic!

The new SIYC adult racing clinic has been a real success.  The Thursday night sessions begin at 5:30pm and will run through August 18th.  We meet in the slicker room with a “chalk talk” on various racing topics such as: starts, rules such as at the 3 boat circle, keeping on course to the mark, and various factors such as tide, oscillating wind and clear air, as well as general tips for a good race.  The group then heads to the water to practice what has been discussed and races on a course that our qualified instructors have set up for us. After racing, we gather as a group again to go over questions and talk about what went right or wrong! Getting out on the water every Thursday evening with a mix of amateur and more experienced racers has been not only educational but fun!  Last week 12 sailors participated in the clinic, we hope more will join us as the summer continues!  For more information contact the Sailing Director or just show up.

Ladies Regatta


SIYC July Ladies Race 

The wind was light as the enthusiastic group of women assembled at the Club on Sunday afternoon July 10 for the first 2016 Ladies H12 ½ Race. A total of 8 boats – 17 sailors – participated. After Jeff Bresnahan’s detailed skippers’ briefing, a delay for lack of wind seemed to fly by as the sailors caught up with one another and shared tactics and questions about the course.  Finally the breeze filled in and the course was set at the mouth of Dering Harbor and the boats were on the line. One race was achieved with conditions that varied from steady breeze to showers that dampened the breeze altogether. The sailors managed Jeff’s last-minute course change with little difficulty and were back on the hard within approximately an hour.

Some might argue that the best part of the regatta was the very lively after-party back at the Club. The snacks were excellent and much commented-upon, particularly the delicious shrimp spring rolls and guacamole. Prizes were awarded as follows:

First:  Siobhan O’Connor Hodkinson & Niamh Hodkinson

Second:  Heather Wolf & Tony Landry

Third: Lynn King & Kathy Hills

Additional prizes included:

Best Start:  Lisa Reich & Danielle Hamilton

Best Mark Rounding: Liana Slayter  & Poppy Allonby

Best Dressed:  Dianne Bailey & Kathy Zarchin

First Time Regatta Skipper: Lisa Reich

Three-in-a-Boat:  Genevieve Lynch, Alicin Williamson & Jennifer Van Sandt

A big thank you to Jeff Bresnahan and his all-female instructor race committee for organizing a fun and instructive race.

The next Ladies H 12 1/2 Race will be Sunday August 21.  The point of these races is to build a spirit of camaraderie as well as sailing and racing skills. If you think you might enjoy this very welcoming group, please contact the Sailing Director.  All levels of skill are welcome.

For a delightful account of SIYC’s very first Ladies’ Race in 1894, please read this brief report from the Brooklyn Eagle: “Fair Women at the Helm”