Lee Trophy – Gold Event Open Selection: 9-12 October 2015


Dear RTYC Racers,

With the summer solstice recently past, yachting activity is now in full swing and I for one am looking forward to more time on the water and less time in the office!
Team Sailing Working Group
I am excited to say that under the Race Committee leadership of Angus Prentice, the Club has set up a ‘Team Sailing’ Working Group to help provide structure around the events which the Club formally enters as ‘Royal Thames Yacht Club’ and the method by which teams are selected to represent the Club.  We are eager to hear from members on their thoughts, suggestions on events we should participate in and / or their interest to race in events on the calendar, so please do make sure you view the names at the bottom of the e-mail to know the Group’s members and who to contact.
We plan to provide a structure within the next few months to all racers to provide a transparent and open forum to allow you to know how to be involved in regattas on waters near and far.  Our overarching aim is to allow all racing sailors in the Club opportunities to represent the Club whilst continuing our aspirations of maximising both sailor enjoyment and delivery of silverware to 60 Knightsbridge!  We will continue to build on the grading system the Club has used for team events, being Gold, Silver, Bronze, which is described on the Club website and provided below:
Gold Level: International events requiring the highest level teams of skilled racers
Silver Level: An international or national event requiring medium/strong teams
Bronze Level: A competitive event requiring a good set of skills, but one aimed at those members (any age) who are keen to improve their performance
Within the mix of events the Club enters, we will endeavour to find teams fitting these levels, including mixing individuals across age groups which we believe will not only support the growth of relationships within the Club, but also aid the knowledge and sharing of sailing skills in “The most challenging sport in the world!”  Jim Saltonstall, MBE.
A calendar of all events the Club is participating in is available on the Club website and is managed by the Sailing Office. 

We are currently in the process of identifying Members interesting in representing the Club at the Lee Trophy annual event held by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, USA.
Event Description and NoR

The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, RI is the founding home of team racing in the USA and the originating US club in establishing the BA Cup, the oldest team racing event in the calendar.  The Lee Trophy is enjoying its 11th year as an event that the Royal Thames has been invited to participate in since inception.  A firm fixture with both the top US team racing clubs and the Royal Thames, the Lee features three days of 3-boat team racing in Sonars along with a full social programme.  Seawanhaka CYC kindly provides RTYC with accommodation and hospitality for the team in their splendid clubhouse.

Our plan is to arrive at SCYC on the evening of Thursday 8 Oct ready for practice session on the Friday in preparation for racing Saturday 10 Oct through to Monday 12 Oct.  We depart back to the UK on the Monday evening. 

Team Manager
Mike Halstead has kindly agreed to manage the team with the aim of securing the Lee Trophy for the Thames.  If you are keen to participate in the event, please e-mail Mike or another member of the Team Sailing Working Group by 31 July 2015.
Please do send recommendations on events we should participate in for consideration and also your personal interest in racing for the Club.  Your engagement will help develop our ability to enter the right events, with the right team!
Looking forward to hearing from you all and hope to have some guidance to you over the summer months as we start to plan 2016 events.
Kind regards
Team Sailing Working Group
Ben Field (Chairman)
Angus Prentice
Andy Cornah
Mike Halstead
Gregor Logan
Tim Peters
Honor Fell  
Henry Arnold
William Edwards
Richard Ambler