Royal Thames Yacht Club Triumphs in Fourth Edition Rolex Regatta




Seattle Yacht Club, skippered by Andrew Loe, takes down their spinnaker during a race on Day 4 of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Steeped in the grand traditions of international yacht racing, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup in Newport this  September was a beautiful display of sportsmanship on Narragansett Bay.


The Regatta, which is in its fourth edition, is sailed on Swan 42s, 42-foot one-design boats that are a strong favorite among performance racers. One design racing, meaning the boats are identical in every way, allows for extremely competitive racing based fully on the sailors’ talents rather than their equipment. The 2015 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup was no exception.



A welcome hall at the New York Yacht Club for the Rolex Regatta

Over five days of racing, 17 teams from 11 countries saw a variety of conditions both inside the bay and out on Rhode Island Sound. While the wind stayed in the 8-15 knot range, current conditions on the racecourses varied, giving the boat’s tacticians another variable to work with.


The fleet sailed extremely closely the entire week, and overall winner Royal Thames Yacht Club had to fight to stay on top. In 12 races, eight different teams had a first-place finish. Employing a proven strategy of consistency, the Royal Thames Yacht Club had 10 top-ten finishes and nothing worse than an 11th to secure their win.



 “We didn’t make it very easy for ourselves,” says Royal Thames’ John Greenland. “You just have to take each race as it comes. It’s a great conclusion to years of preparation…everyone is over the moon.”


After a busy week on the water, the prize awards dinner was enjoyed on the grounds of Harbour Court, overlooking Newport Harbor. 450 guests, competitors, officials and members looked on as the top three finishers were awareded their trophies, followed by presentation of the cherished New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup trophy and a specially engraved Rolex timepiece to a rightfully exuberant overall winner, the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

                                                               -- Lisa Gabrielson


The New York Yacht Club welcomed 17 teams from 11 countries for the week-long event: Japan Sailing Federation, Real Club Náutico de Barcelona from Spain; Royal Canadian Yacht Club; Royal Cork Yacht Club, Ireland; Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Thames Yacht Club, and Itchenor Sailing Club from England; Yacht Club Argentino; Yacht Club Italiano; Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Middle Harbour Yacht Club, from Australia; Royal Swedish Yacht Club; and Eastern Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Seattle Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, from the United States.


The at the NYYC tent where daily results were announced

Presenting the Wednesday's winner with a trophy

Another winner

The trophy, captured by the Royal Thames Yacht Club

Will, Susan & Marie Crump

John & Molly Baxter with Charlie

Nancy Jamison & Steve McInnes

The tally sheet on screen

Javier Agudo, Carlos Morey, Javier Cornejo & crewmate of  the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona

Lorenzo Vazquez, Andrea Gormudetta, Lorenzo Ojuta & David Mas

A six foot long hero rapidly dwindled as crews discussed the day's race

A large poster of the action on display in the tent

Jane Stevenson & Sotiris Yannopoulos, of Rolex

Branded shirts on display

The NYYC dock at dusk

Japan Sailing Federation sails into a 2nd place finish in Race 7

New York Yacht Club, skippered by Paul Zabetakis, raises their spinnaker on their Swan 42

Seventeen yacht clubs from around the world participated in this year's Invitational Cup

Overall Winners Royal Thames Yacht Club, skippered by John Greenland, celebrate their victory aboard after their final race

Yacht Club Italiano (#05) stays just ahead of the boat from the Japan Sailing Federation around the top mark

Visiting from Great Britain, the Royal Thames Yacht Club took home the overall trophy after the five-day racing event


 Images by Linda Phillips and Regatta News














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