The 2015 edition of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is complete. Congratulations to the Royal Thames Yacht Club on their hard fought and well earned victory. While we are sad to see the Invitational Cup trophy leave our Club’s possession, we end the 2015 campaign with a feeling of pride that so many Club Members showed their support in backing the 2015 RCYC campaign. Without these contributions, participation in the event would not be possible. Over 60 Members made the trip to Newport to show their support of RCYC and over 40 financial supporters helped make the campaign possible. Special thanks to John C.R. Hele for his role as the RCYC team’s benefactor and generously allowing the use of his Swan 42 Daring for RCYC since 2009.
Racing was extremely competitive with 14 of the 17 yachts scoring a top 3 finish in at least one race. The Royal Thames Yacht Club became the victors and with that, they take the Invitational Cup across the pond to Europe for the first time, and will surely return to Newport to defend in 2017. It will be seen if they can replicate RCYC’s record of being the only yacht club to win and successfully defend the Invitational Cup! Also notable is the Royal Thames Yacht Club’s commitment to the event – They have sailed all four Invitational Cups over six years, and their finishes have been 11th, 7th, 3rd and 1st respectively.