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2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup: Competitor Information


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Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron



Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sydney, Australia  

Club History 

On July 8, 1862, nineteen yachtsmen met in the office of a merchant, the Honourable William Walker, in the Exchange Building and subscribed their names to a resolution. "We, the undersigned yacht owners, hereby constitute ourselves into a club to be termed the Australian Yacht Squadron." Within a year, the club was accorded Royal patronage by the Prince of Wales, under the name of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, in accordance with the recommendation of the Secretary of State for the Colonies, His Grace the Duke of Newcastle. The foundation of the Squadron resulted directly from the arrival in June 1862 of William Walker's yacht Chance, an iron-hulled schooner of 71 tons, registered with the Royal Thames Yacht Club. William Walker was the Squadron's first Commodore, from 1862-1867. The Squadron Burgee was hoisted at Carabella for the first time on January 24, 1903, on the present flagstaff. On January 21, 1972, Yacht Squadron Club House Limited changed its name to Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, a company limited by guarantee, and the unincorporated Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron merged into this renamed company.

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About The Team

Skipper: Guido Belgiorno-Nettis

Former Farr 40 world champion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis will lead the Royal Sydney Yacht Club's first entry into the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup. To choose their team for the Invitational Cup, the club had a group of interested members approach the club for its support The club has provided training opportunities for the team and helped and supported their preparations. Representing the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Belgiorno-Nettis and his team were perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, winning three races and finishing fourth over all.  



New Bedford Yacht Club

New Bedford Yacht Club 

South Dartmouth, Mass. 

Club History

The NBYC was founded in 1877. At that time a clubhouse was established in New Bedford Harbor. The Padanaram station began in 1901. The hurricane of 1938 destroyed the harbor clubhouse and all activities relocated to the Padanaram Club. The Club has had a rich history of being intertwined in the social, business, and financial affairs of the New Bedford area and surrounding towns and continues to do so today. From the earliest times to today the Club has featured many prominent yacht designers, yacht builders, and internationally known yachtsmen both in one design and ocean racing. That list would include: John Alden, William Hand, Ray & James Hunt, Don Watson, Palmer Scott, Brodie MacGregor, Geoffrey Marshall, Chris White, Will Keene and Spyder Fortier. NBYC annually runs two large regional regattas - The New Bedford Junior Regatta and the Buzzards Bay Regatta. NBYC is also heavily involved with the New Bedford Community Boating Center which provides boating opportunities to under privileged youth in the city. Members have frequently had podium positions in boats such as J29, J109, J111, Swan 48, Baltic 52 and Andrews 70 in races such as Block Island Race Week, Edgartown Regatta, Tower Race, Ida Lewis distance race, Key West Race Week, Charleston Race Week, New York Yacht Club Regatta, Marblehead-Halifax and Newport-Bermuda. In addition we have won Newport-Bermuda races in 1928, 1954 and 1984. Many members are also NYYC members and we have many Cruising Club of America members.

About The Team

The NBYC Committee selected the team from the Club roster and chose some crew from previous sailing school programs. The Club chartered a Swan 42 Migration and held practice races several times a week. Andrew Herlihy, who has been sailing for 30 years, will be the skipper for NBYC this year. He was on the US Sailing Team in 2000 and the 420 BBR Championship Chairperson in 2016. Herlihy, along with his wife Liz, who will also sail on the team, lead the NBYC team to a fouth in the 2014 Resolute Cup and a sixth in the 2016 Resolute Cup. Calling tactics is Christopher Murray, a Collegiate All-American at Boston College in 1997 and 1998. This will be New Bedford Yacht Club's first attempt at the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

“[New Bedford Yacht Club] is a very old, traditional club with a long, illustrious history,” says syndicate manager Arthur Burke. “Recently, the last 10 to 15 years, there’s been a sense among the older sailors that we’re losing a little bit of our identity and our mission. We now have a great group of young sailors; this quest has been something to get back to who we were, maintain our reputation, reinvigorate us from a sailing perspective, remind us of what we should be about. It’s something we feel we should be doing, at this level.”

Eastern Yacht Club

Eastern Yacht Club
Marblehead, Mass. USA

Club History

In 1870, a group of gentlemen from Boston organized themselves as the Eastern Yacht Club. Within a month, they had enrolled 100 members with 23 yachts. Construction of the clubhouse on Marblehead Neck was completed in 1881. Eastern yachts Puritan, Mayflower and Volunteer, successfully defended the America's Cup against the British in 1885, 1886 and 1887. Eastern's membership has included such celebrated yacht designers and builders as Edward and Starling Burgess, Nathanael and L. Francis Herreshoff, Ray Hunt and Ted Hood. The club's roster of members includes some of the most successful sailors of their time including Charles Francis Adams, Chandler Hovey, Bradley Noyes, Ted Hood, Dave Curtis, Rich Wilson and Robbie Doyle.
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Previous Invitational Cups: 2011,15

About The Team

Skipper: William Lynn

The Eastern Yacht Club has a strong contingent of talented dinghy, one-design keelboat and offshore sailors, including a cadre of young team racers. This was apparent last September when the Eastern Yacht Club earned the right to compete in the Invitational Cup by finishing second out of 24 North American teams in the Biennial U.S. Qualifying Series. From this pool of talent, skipper Bill Lynn, a collegiate All-American and Sonar world champion, selected the team. By his side is U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman and Laser Masters world champion, Ben Richardson, who will be the tactician. Eastern raced for the Cup in 2011 and finished fourth out of 20 teams. The team has been practicing together as much as possible since mid-June in Swan 42s, as well as other similar boats. They also competed in the Swan 42 National Championships in July.