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Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Royal Canadian Yacht Club was founded in Toronto in 1852 to serve both as a yachting recreational club and an unofficial auxiliary of the Royal Navy in the defence of the waters of Lake Ontario. We are one of Canada’s premier sailing and social clubs, with an emphasis on family participation, the development of our junior sailors, and a Corinthian attitude towards excellence in sailing.

The RCYC operates year round from two facilities: our summer home at the Island Clubhouse and our City Clubhouse in downtown Toronto.

Invitational Cup Team

Name Position ISAF Sailor ID
Terry McLaughlin HELM CANTM1
Allan Megarry Pit Assist. CANAM8
Joha Millen Jib Trim CANJM6
Sandy Andrews Bow CANSA7
Andrew McTavish Jib Trim CANAM
David Jarvis Main CANDJ2
Robert Gale Spin Trim CANRG5
Will Gyles Mast CANWG3
Jim Gibson Pit Assist. USAJG5


Left to right: Andrew McTavish, David Reese, Jim Gibson, David Jarvis, John Hele, John Millen, Will Gyles, Sandy Andrews, Terry McLaughlin, Alan Megarry (in front with sunglasses).

Terry McLaughlin - Helm
A life long member of the RCYC, Terry won a Silver Medal in the 1984 Olympics and the World Championships in 1980 in the Flying Dutchman class. He skippered Canada I to a semi-final birth in the 1983 America’s Cup Trials and helmed the Farr 40 Defiant to victory in the 2001 and 2003 Canada’s Cup. He is a seven time winner of the York Cup, a two time Intercollegiate All-American and a former Laser Canadian, J24 Canadian and J105 North American champion. In 2001 Terry was honoured by the CYA as Rolex Sailor of the Year.

John Hele - Tactician
John Hele has been a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club since 1979.  He was a crew with the Canadian International 14 teams throughout the 1980s, being Canadian Champion crew and finishing fifth in the World Championship in Japan in 1987.  He was involved in the development and growth of the One Design 14 and moved to the United States and the back of the boat in the 1990s (although he still retains his I14 Crews’ Union Membership).  He was one of the first to invest in the Swan 42 concept with the purchase of Hull 14, “Daring”, in 2007.  John was tactician on the second place RCYC team in the 2009 NYYC Invitational Cup and provided “Daring” to the club for the event. John is also a member of the New York Yacht Cub, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and the American Yacht Club.

Dave Jarvis - Main
A member of RCYC since 1986, Dave has competed in various International events including the 2001/2002 Volvo Ocean Race, Bermuda Gold Cup Match Race events, 2007 and 2010 Canada’s Cup events, as well as additional events throughout Europe and the Caribbean. Dave currently sails regularly on Swan 42, Farr 40 and Melges 32 regatta circuits, as well as running the RCYC’s Match Racing program.

John Millen – Jib and Spinnaker
Along with being a member of RCYC’s 2009 NYYC Invitational crew John has represented the RCYC in various International events that include the 1988 and 1992 Olympics (1988 bronze medal Flying Dutchman class), and the 1983 and 1987 America’s Cups on Canada I and Canada II.  John was a crew member of the successful Canada’s Cup challenge and defence campaigns in 2001 and 2003.

Andrew McTavish – Jib
Andrew McTavish is a life-long sailor and member of the RCYC. Andrew sailed on the 2009 RCYC Invitational Cup Team and has competed in multiple National, Continental and World Championships in the Laser, J24, Etchells, 8 Metre and Soling classes, as well as the Newport to Bermuda Race. Andrew McTavish was also involved in Defiant’s 2003 winning Canada’s Cup Defense.

Rob Gale – Spinnaker
Rob has competed in numerous Etchells, J24, Maxi, Swan and Farr 40 world championships. Won multiple national J24 championships. Competed in the 2006 Med Cup. Won the 2001 Canada’s cup and 2003 Canada’s Cup. Rob was provincial sailor of the year in 2008.

Jim Gibson – Pit
Jim is Daring’s Boat Captain. He has raced in Maxi boats since 1996 and numerous Bermuda, Halifax, Pineapple and Transatlantic races.

Allan Megarry – Pit  Assist
Allan has represented the RCYC for 30 years in various International events that include the NYYC Invitational  in 2009 as well as the 1983 and 1987 America’s Cups on Canada I and Canada II. He has participated in 6 Canada’s Cup match racing events with victories in 1978, 81, 84 and 2003. Additional regatta’s include the Fastnet of 1979,  Bermuda Gold Cup, Knickerbocker Cup, Masters World Championships, Canadian Match Racing Championships  and 12 Meter World Championships.

Will Gyles – Mast
Will has been a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club since 2000 and has represented the RCYC in various local and international events. He has participated in three 8 Metre World Championships and was bowman on the Canadian Team at the 2007 Student Yachting World Cup in La Rochelle, France. Additional regattas include regular attendance at the LYRA regatta on Lake Ontario, J105 Canadians and several Bermuda Race Weeks in IODs. This is his first trip to the NYYC Invitational and is very excited to be part of the RCYC Team.

Sandy Andrews – Bow
Sandy Andrews’ ocean racing credits includes three Admirals Cups, two Bermuda Races, the 1980 Sardinia Cup, and many SORC’s and Key West Race Weeks. Match race events include 1983 and 1987 America’s Cup campaigns, Canada’s Cup in 1984, 2001 and 2003, Bermuda Gold Cup, Polaris Cups, York Cups and Knickerbocker. He is stoked to be participating again in the NYYC Invitational.

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