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IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta

August 17 - 19, 2016


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

  (photo by 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.


    (photo by Karen Ryan Photography)

The Celebrity Invitational begins with an opening reception buffet dinner at the Great Harbor Yacht Club on August 17, with two days of racing and more social events on August 18 and 19, 2016.  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.

     (photo by Karen Ryan Photography)

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 17th

  Throughout day - arrival on island, and transport to accommodation

 6:00pm IOD Celebrity Invitational Opening Buffet, including registration and check-in,  at Great Harbor Yacht Club ($85)

Thursday, August 18th

 9:00am Skippers' Meeting at Nantucket Yacht Club

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

 5:30pm Celebrity Panel Discussion

 6:00pm Daily Awards ceremony

 6:30pm  Optional:  Buffet Dinner at Great Harbor Yacht Club ($70)

August 19th

 9:00am Skippers' Meeting at Nantucket Yacht Club

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

 4:30pm  Awards ceremony at Nantucket Yacht Club

Professional Race Officer:

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


2015 Honorary Chairperson:

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


2015 Celebrity Tacticians:

Cameron Appleton, America's Cup (1997 - 2003), Melges 32, Farr 30 and RC44 Champion

Robbie Doyle, Olympian, founder of Doyle Sailmakers, two time winning celebrity tactician

Neal Fowler, 3 time All - American, Olympian, Etchells and IOD

Dave Franzel, founder and director of the Boston Sailing Center, Sonar World champ

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

Mark Reynolds, multiple Olympic Gold Medal and Worlds winner in Stars

Dawn Riley, 4 America's Cup campaigns, 2 Whitbreads; director Oakcliff Sailing Center

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

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

Mike Toppa, participated in seven America's Cup campaigns, won twice

Will Welles, 2014 J24 World Champion, 2014 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year nominee

Jon Wright, trimmed mainsheet in five America's Cups and won the 1989 Volvo Ocean Race


 Past celebrity tacticians:   

Adams, Josh Garland, Phil Read, Ken
Allen, Chuck Gladstone, John Reynolds, Mark
Allsopp, Jim Haines, Robbie Riley, Dawn
Anderson, Karl  Healy, Tim Schwab, Bruce
Barkow, Sally Holmberg, Peter Shore, Bill
Brady, Jim 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  
Garcia, Grant Read, Brad