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Royal Canadian Yacht Club


Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Toronto, Canada

Club History

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club was founded in Toronto in 1852 to serve as both a yachting recreational club and an unofficial auxiliary of the Royal Navy in defense of the waters of Lake Ontario. The club’s royal charter was bestowed by Queen Victoria in 1854. the RCYC is one of Canada’s premier sailing and social clubs, with an emphasis on family participation, the development of junior sailors, and a Corinthian attitude toward excellence in sailing. The RCYC operates year-round from two facilities: the summer home at the Island Clubhouse and the City Clubhouse in downtown Toronto. To visit the club's website please click here.

About the Team

Skipper: Terry McLaughlin
Boat: Daring

After a runner-up finish in the inaugural Invitational Cup, the Canadian crew returned with purpose in 2011, dominating the regatta from start to finish for a 20-point win. In 2013 the team again took home a first place, this time with a 6-point lead as the competition became tighter. Skipper Terry McLaughlin and many of his core crewmembers, including tactician John Hele, return for their fourth Invitational Cup. After a full season of practice onboard Daring they are likely to be fast in a straight line and sharp turning the corners. McLaughlin won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics, skippered the Canadian entry in the 1983 America's Cup challenger eliminations series, and won two Canada's Cup match-racing competition. A number of his crew date back to that 1983 challenge, so familiarity with each other should be the least of their concerns.

Rob Gale will be on trim for his fourth NYYC Invitational Cup. He has competed in numerous Etchells, J24, Maxi, Swan, Farr 30, 40, and TP 52 World Championships and won multiple national J24 championships. In addition he won the 2001 and 2003 Canada's Cup and was Nova Scotia provincial sailor of the year in 2008. On mainsail will be Dave Jarvis who has been a member of the Royal Canadian YC since 1986 and who has been a part of America One in the 1999/2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, Djuice Dragons in the 2001/2002 Volvo Ocean Race, as well sailed in multiple Bermuda Gold Cup Match Race events, and Canada's Cup match race events. Recently he has represented Canada in the 2015 Pan American Games in the J24 class, winning a silver medal with Invitational Cup teammates Terry McLaughlin and Sandy Andrews. Andrew McTavish, a life-long sailor and member of the Royal Canadian YC, will be jib trimmer. Having sailed in every past Invitational Cup and as a regular competitor in the Swan 42 Class in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe he comes with detailed experience of the boat. The strategist on the boat will be John Millen, another life-long member who also sailed in all of the previous Invitational Cups. John has represented the RCYC in various International events that include the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, and the 1983 and 1987 America's Cup. John was a crew member of the successful Canada's Cup challenge and defense campaigns in 2001 and 2003. Another teammate who sailed at the 1983 and 1987 America's Cup and the past Invitational Cups is navigator and pit assistant, Allan Megarry. He has participated in 6 Canada's Cup match racing events with victories in 1978, 1981, 1984 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.

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