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
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.