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IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta

August 16th - 18th, 2017


Nantucket Race Week is pleased to announce the 13th annual running of the IOD Celebrity Invitational.

  Karen Ryan Photography



Imagine being provided a boat within a fleet of 14 evenly matched IODs to be raced by your crew on Nantucket Sound.   Further imagine having an America's Cup tactician, Olympic medalist or a world champion calling your tactics for the regatta.  In keelboat one-design racing this is truly special.


    Karen Ryan Photography

The Celebrity Invitational begins with an opening reception buffet dinner at the Great Harbor Yacht Club on August 16, with two days of racing and more social events on August 17 and 18, 2017.  The series will consist of up to four races each day on Nantucket Sound.  Each participating team will have a celebrity tactician on-board.  Races will be sailed in a fleet format, and prizes will be awarded for daily and overall results. Opportunities abound for non-sailing spouses and significant others to explore and enjoy the island: beaches, bicycling, water sports, shopping, museums, sightseeing and more.



Karen Ryan Photography


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 16th

 Throughout day - arrival on island, and transport to accommodation

 6:00pm - IOD Celebrity Invitational Opening Buffet, including registration and check-in, Great Harbor Yacht Club

Thursday, August 17th

 9:00am - Skippers' Meeting, Nantucket Yacht Club

 11:00am - Day One of the IOD Celebrity Invitational, first warning signal

After racing - IOD Celebrity Invitational Daily Awards Ceremony, Nantucket Yacht Club

 6:30pm - Optional:  NRW Regatta Dinner, Great Harbor Yacht Club

August 18th

 9:00am - Skippers' Meeting, Nantucket Yacht Club

 11:00am - Day Two of the IOD Celebrity Invitational, first warning signal

 4:30pm - IOD Celebrity Invitational Awards Ceremony, Nantucket Yacht Club

 6:30pm - Optional  Sailors Picnic,Great Harbor Yacht Club


Professional Race Officer:

  Eric Robbins, US Sailing National Race Officer, Judge and Umpire, Laser racing 


2016 Honorary Chairperson:

 Tom Whidden   America’s Cup 8 campaigns (3 wins), America’s Cup Hall of Fame, CEO of North Sails 


2016 Celebrity Tacticians:

Tom Lihan, Dinghy, Laser and Finn Champion, Etchells and super yacht racing

John MacCausland, America’s Cup (1987), six-time Star NA champ, Star World champ

Jud Smith, heads Doyle One Design; 5 Worlds, 8 North American Championships

Jahn Tihansky, USNA varsity off-shore head coach, J35 and Lightning Champion

Sally Barkow, US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year in 2005 and 2007, Women’s Match Racing World Champion in 2004 and 2005, currently racing on the M32 catamarans for the 2016 World Match Race Tour Championship.

Nancy Haberland, 18 National and 7 World championships. She is a seven time nominee for Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and 12 time member of the US SAILING Team and 3 time Olympic sailor

Peter Isler, "Collegiate Sailor of the Year" for North America, 5 America’s Cup campaigns, top-ranked US skipper on the Professional Match Racing Circuit for five years, a two-time Maxi Class World champion, U.S. Team Race Champion

Peter LeVesque, won the A division at College Nationals, 3 time All American. Team racing career winning national and world championships. Winner Key West Race Week and Block Island Race Week

Bill Lynn, 2-time All American, Dinghy and Team Racing National Championships, North American Sonar, Etchells and J/70 championships, and Sonar Worlds.

Ken Read, 3 time Collegiate All-American and 1982 College Sailor of the Year, 9 World Championships and a combined 45 World, North American and National Championships. Skipper of the record setting monohull Comanche.

Tony Rey, He has three consecutive Olympic campaigns in 1992 (Star), 1996 (Soling), 2000 (Soling), US Team Coach in Athens in 2004, 3 America’s Cups and multiple offshore events, Wally Maxi World Championship in 2012

Chris Snow, J/24 Nationals 6 times, North Americans 2 times, 5 times top ten of J/24 Worlds five times, 2008 IOD CI winning tactician in the IOD PRO/AM.

Kimo Worthington, 6 America's Cups, win with America3 in 1992. coach of Bill Koch’s America3 women’s team in 1995, Comanche crew on the record Newport-Bermuda 2016 race.

 Past Celebrity Tacticians:   

Adams, Josh Garcia, Grant Read, Brad
Allen, Chuck Garland, Phil Read, Ken
Allsopp, Jim Haines, Robbie Riley, Dawn
Anderson, Karl  Healy, Tim Schwab, Bruce
Appleton, Cameron Holmberg, Peter Shore, Bill
Barkow, Sally Isler, JJ Smith, Dee
Brady, Julia Isler, Peter Smith, Jud
Brenner, Dean Jobson, Gary Snow, Chris
Bromby, Peter Keyworth, Will Swanson, Jody
Brun, Vince  Kotoun, Anthony Tihansky, Jahn
Burnham, John Larson, Chris Toppa, Mike
Burnham, Kevin Lewis, Cam Tunnicliffe, Anna
Callahan, Mike MacCausland, John Ullman, Dave
Campbell, Andrew Macky, Jane Weisman, Gary
Crump, Will & Marie Mahaney, Kevin Welles, Will
Dellenbaugh, David Merrill, Nate Whidden, Tom
Doyle, Robbie Miller, Jim White, Steve
Farrar, Kevin Mollicone, John Widnall, Bill
Fortenberry, Bill Moore, Geoff Worthington, Kimo
Fowler, Neal Musto, Keith Wright, Jon
Franzel, Dave Perry, Dave  


P.O. Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584
NCS Office: 508-228-6600 | Jetties Sailing Center: 508-228-5358
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