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2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for the Invitational Cup

2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for the Invitational Cup

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Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Toronto, Canada

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.

Skipper: Terry Mclaughlin
Yacht: 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. Skipper Terry Mclaughlin and many of his core crewmembers, including tactician John Hele, return for their third 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 elimination series, and won two Canada’s Cup match-racing competitions. a number of his crew date back to that 1983 challenge, so familiarity with each other should be the least of their concerns.


June 6-7 Leukemia Cup
June 13-15 160th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex
June 20 Bermuda Race start
June 21-28 Etchells World Championship
July 12-19 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex
July 26 NYYC Members Regatta (Members)
August 2 Queen's Cup (IRC ≥1.07)
August 2-9 158th Annual Cruise (Members)
September 2-6 U.S. Qualifying Series for the
Invitational Cup presented by Rolex
September 8-13 J/70 World Championship
September 27 Golden Spinnaker Regatta
(with U.S. Sailing Team)


May 3-4 Team Pracing Practice Weekend (members)
May 17-18 Team Racing Kickoff Weekend (members)
May 31-June 1 Match Racing Weekend (members)
July 26-27 Vanguard 15 Team Racing
July 27 Members Team Racing Club
Championship (members)
August 8-10 Morgan Cup
August 15-17 Hinman Masters
August 23-24 Grandmasters Team Race

Robert Berg skippered his Swan 42 To the Moon to an overall Mackinac Cup win in the Chicago Yacht Club's 2014 Race to Mackinac, the longest continuously held freshwater distance race. Berg's team finished the 290-nautical-mile course in just over 41 hours. For more, click here.

Numerous Club members won their classes at the ninth biennial Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. Rolex timepieces were awarded to Jim Swartz for his overall win in IRC and Glenn Darden and Philip Williamson, the co-owners of Hoss, the 2014 Swan 42 National Champion. For all the results, photos and videos, click here.

Alberto Rossi and his team on Enfant Terrible won the Farr 40 West Coast Championship, held out of the Santa Barbara YC. For more, click here.

The Corinthian trio of Senet Bischoff, Ben Kinney and Clay Bischoff led all Club members with a fourth-place finish at the 2014 Etchells World Championship, hosted by Harbour Court June 21 to 28. Also in the top-10 were teams skippered by Rear Commodore Phil Lotz (eighth), Shannon Bush (ninth) and Jim Cunningham (10th). For more, click here.  

Alex Roepers' Plenty won the 2014 Farr 40 Call Cup, hosted by the California Yacht Club, June 18 to 21. For complete results, click here

The 160th NYYC Annual Regatta featured a host of Club members on the podium including: Hap Fauth's Bella Mente (1st, IRC 1); Gunther Buerman's Hooligan (1st, IRC 2); Andrew & Linda Weiss' Christopher Dragon (1st, IRC 4); Peter Kellogg's Silent Maid (1st, CRF Spinnaker); Dennis William's Victory 83 (1st, 12 Metre M/GP); Anthony Chiurco's American Eagle (1st, 12 Metre Traditional); and Paul Kock Jr.'s Jazz Fish (1st, PHRF 3). For  more on the regatta, click here

The Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race saw plenty of members taking home the silver, led by George David's 90-foot Rambler, which won line honors in 17h:19m and took first place overall in IRC. John Brim's Rima 2 was the only other boat to finish within 24 hours of starting, taking second in IRC overall. Also winning divisions were: Rich duMoulin's Lora Ann (IRC Doublehanded), Vice Commodore Rives Potts' Carina (IRC-2), James Sykes' Bombardino (IRC-5), and Peter Becker, who led the American YC Junior Big Boat Team to a win in PHRF-1. Other finishes of note included: William Mayer's Cygnette (3rd, IRC-2), Patti Young's Entropy (2nd, IRC-4), Art Santry's Temptation-Oakcliff (3rd, IRC-5), Christopher Rosow's threebeans (3rd, PHRF-2), and Gerald Harris's Hermie Louise (2nd, PHRF-3). Jim Murphy's Inisharon was second on the Plum Island Course. For more, click here

Shannon Bush won the Great Lakes Etchells Championship at Bayview Yacht Club. For more, click here

In the first of a series of tune-up regattas for the 2014 Etchells Worlds, which will be hosted at Harbour Court, Scott Kaufman finished third, just two points out of second and four out of first. For more, click here.