Royal Swedish Yacht Club
ROYAL SWEDISH YACHT CLUB
Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm, Sweden
After competing in Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cups from 2013 to 2017, this year will be Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS)'s fourth IC. The club's best finish was 12th in 2017.
KSSS is one of the world's leading sailing clubs in size, age and sporting success. The Club is one of the world's five oldest in its kind, and has over 5,200 members. KSSS boasts 15 Olympic medals and victories in major national and international sailing competitions over the years. The Club is also the proud supporter of the foremost elite sailing team in Sweden aiming for the Olympic medals of the future. KSSS activities stretch from training and camps for the youngest ages, onwards to offering numerous races from dinghies to keelboats each year, both inshore and offshore. Additionally, the Club also owns and administers a number of prominent sailing ports in the greater Stockholm area.
Past experience at Rolex NYYC Invitational Cups have taught KSSS that the high level of competition calls for the introduction of a new class of sailors. After diligently researching the best combination of sailing competency, mixed crew, relevant boat experience and social skill set, KSSS thinks their team has it all this year. “Team Elvis” is a strong and competent team with relevant sailing and social skills, and a number of them have 3 impressive years in the Solent's Fast 40 series. The team's main preparation for this year's IC has been to select the right crew and support them in any way possible. As a number of them are active racers in their own class, the club has not been required to assist them in racing, but rather from an administrative stance.
"Team Elvis" will be skippered by Filip Engelbert (left), who hails from Lidingö, Sweden, and brings with him 30 years of impressive racing experience. A snapshot of Engelbert's accomplishments on the water include placing third at both IRC Nationals and ORC Polish Champs as a skipper, and placing second at the 1985 Round Gotland Race as a crew member.
The tactician for KSSS's team for this year's Invitational Cup will be Mikael Lindqvist (right), coming from Saltsjöbaden, Sweden with 32 years of racing behind him. Lindqvist is no stranger to high intensity racing, winning Kieler Woche in 1998, X35 Worlds in 2015, and Mästarnas Mastare in 2007, all at the helm.