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: 

All Questions:

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

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”

 

“Prospector” at it again!!

The Prospector crew has gathered once again, this time in Malta, for the Rolex Middle Sea Race which starts on Saturday, October 17th.  Prospector has been in Malta since early September after a 12 day delivery from Portsmouth after the Fastnet Race, or the Slownet Race as the Prospector crowd now calls it.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a 608 mile classic that starts in Malta and goes counter clockwise around Sicily and finishes back in Malta.  The start is in the historic old harbor of Valletta, between the ramparts of the Saluting Battery and Fort St. Angelo.  After the harbor start, the course turns to port (left) and heads northeast to Sicily.  Leaving Sicily to port (at this point lets just say that Sicily will always be to the port/left) the course heads north passing through the Straits of Messina, then passing the (active!) volcanic island of Stromboli.  At Stromboli the course turns left to the west past the Aeolian Islands to the Egadi Islands including Levenzo and Favignana on Sicily’s northwest corner.  From there the course makes a sharp left to a southerly heading down the strait between Sicily and Tunisia, leaving the Africa to starboard – the right this time – and the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa to port.  There’s a Starbucks on the corner so you can’t miss it  .At Lampedusa the fleet goes northeast back towards Malta, through the South Comino Channel (with Malta to starboard/right and Comino to port/left) before making a final turn toward the finish in the Marsamxett Harbor.

The weather for the race will be dominated by the varied geography and topography that surrounds the course; on a large scale by Europe and Africa, and on a smaller scale by Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and the Italian Peninsula.  Unlike the Transatlantic which was pretty much a straight shot with a few wiggles, this course has a lot of corners and frequent changes in wind and weather.  The crew’s gonna be busy with a lots of sail changes, probably using every single sail on board – and that’s a lot of sails!

Based on the present forecast, we should (hopefully) finish in three to four days.

There’s a lot of information, some cool videos and a race tracker on the race website:

www.rolexmiddlesearace.com

or on our website, www.prospectorsailing.com at:

http://www.prospectorsailing.com/racetracking/

or on the Yellowbrick website at:

http://yb.tl/rmsr2015

 

Yellowbrick tracking is also available on the race website, or through the Yellowbrick app on iPhones, iPads or Android devices:

http://www.rolexmiddlesearace.com/tracker/ – pt

We will, as usual, post updates on our blog at:

http://www.prospectorsailing.com/latestnews

And photos on:

http://www.prospectorsailing.com/photo/

We are also on Facebook and Instagram from the links on our web page.

Finally we need to make a special shout out to the team chef/angel Colette, who

has stuck with Prospector on every single race and delivery.  Bless you Colette!

We hope you follow us along on our latest adventure.

 

Lecture on Wind and Weather 7/24/15 at 6pm

Chris Bedford, CCM on Wind and Weather

How to improve your race results using weather to your competitive advantage

Friday, July 24 at SIYC, 6 -7 pm

Q & A following

Tips on:

Ø  Clouds and wind

Ø  How to predict wind on race day

Ø  How to forecast winds with weather models

Chris Bedford, founder of Sailing Weather Service, is known worldwide for his expertise in marine and coastal meteorology.  His company provides customized weather solutions to some of the world’s leading competitive sailing teams and events. A veteran of 9 America’s Cup cycles, Chris has also worked with 5 Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread teams, 4 US Sailing Team campaigns and numerous adventure sailors.  Chris is acclaimed for his straightforward and practical approach to using weather knowledge as a competitive advantage.

Ladies Regatta a success!

Ladies who Launch
Ladies who Launch

Twenty two women (Gaff-Rigged Gals) participated in the club’s July 2015 Ladies Race, competing in Herreshoff 12.5’s. Light wind & a strong current made for challenging conditions. Two races were sailed and two boats tied for 1st place. Kudos to the winning skipper Siobhan O’Connor who sailed with her very capable daughter Niamh Hodkinson. Second place was captured by Whitney McCarthy assisted by Janet Maurillo & novice racer Bonnie Grunwaldt.

From the Brooklyn Eagle 1894…

I) The Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, Long Island, New York) (excerpts from pages: 91-93)
The genuine yachting spirit of the Shelter Island Yacht Club may be said to have had its real birth in 1890. By 1892, the Club had its own clubhouse and the membership limit was raised to 200 and annual dues to $10. In August, 1894, a revolutionary event occurred, featured in headlines from New York to Montauk Point. A race took place in which women were at the helm. Let the Brooklyn Eagle tell the story, beginning with a few headlines.

“Fair Women at the Helm___Shelter Island’s Season Closed with a Novel Boat Race___There was Plenty of Excitement, and the Gentle Sailors Proved Themselves Adepts on the Water___They Sailed the Catboats with Bewitching Skill.

“The last race of the season in these waters was given a spice of novelty by the condition which required that each boat entered should be steered by a woman. The yacht club determined on this, as it was well known that the women hereabouts are as brave and daring as they are beautiful.” The yacht club not only became a center of yachting activity at the eastern end of Long Island,
but like other yacht clubs it was a center of summer social activity as well.

Women’s 3 Day Sailing Clinic

Gaff Rigged Gals take the helm!
Gaff Rigged Gals take the helm!

Gaff Rigged Gals
Women’s 3 Day Sailing Clinic
July 6- 2015 (9:00am-4pm)
Aboard Herreshoff 12.5’s
(boats provided)
At the S.I.Y.C
$350

Join the fun & take the tiller!  Actively sailing a Herreshoff 12.5 “doughdish” with an instructor aboard will increase your confidence & strengthen your skills– whether you are a true beginner or a returning student. This intensive 3 day course, led by certified instructor Dona Bergin, is designed to give sailors a variety of on-the-water experiences. Learn about rigging, safety, leaving from/returning to a mooring & correct sail trim. Immerse yourself in sailing- discover how relaxing & challenging sailing is- and meet women who will become part of your sailing network! Call the Sailing Center at 631-749-1829 or email Dona at Donabergin@me.com

Eat, Sleep, Sail, Repeat – Women’s Clinic

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Women’s Clinic – Eat, Sleep, Sail, Repeat
July 7, 8, 9, 2014 (Mon.- Wed)
9am-4pm
SIYC
$325
Learn to sail with confidence!
This WOMEN’S only class, led by sailing instructor Dona Bergin, will help you discover just how fun, relaxing & challenging sailing can be. Designed for the true novice as well as for sailors looking to strengthen their skills, this 3 day session offers maximum time-on-the-water aboard a classic Herreshoff “doughdish”.  With 3 students & 1 instructor per boat, this is a comfortable way to gain sailing experience and refine your boat handling skills.  Learn about safety precautions, sailing dynamics, boat rigging, how to return to a mooring and more.

SIYC members only
Limited enrollment
Boats provided
Register by relpying to donabergin@me.com