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

Suffolk County Proclamation

Please see the proclamation in the slicker room.

Commodore Mills received a proclamation from Suffolk County on behalf of the Shelter Island Yacht Club.

The Suffolk County Proclamation states that it recognizes SIYC as a premier Yacht Club within the County, State and Country and that we as a club:

  • Preserve the long-standing customs and heritage of Naval and Maritime traditions from generation to generation.
  • Provide economic benefits to the Shelter Island community and the Eastern End of Suffolk County.
  • Stand out as one of the premier Yacht Clubs not just on Long Island but in the entire country.
  • Pride itself on teaching and motivating the Island’s youth with one of the largest and most successful youth sailing programs in the United States, having produced collegiate All-Americans and Olympic sailors that are recognized in sailing associations around globe.
  • Promote a welcoming atmosphere for friendships, community and all coastal, inshore & blue water sailors alike.

Etchells Worlds

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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: http://2016.etchellsworlds.org

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

– Will Ricketson