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IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta

August 15th - 17th, 2018

Nantucket Race Week is pleased to announce the 14th 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 15, with two days of racing and more social events on August 16 and 17, 2018. 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 15th

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 16th

08:30am - 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 (casual, fun, music; cost $45/person)

August 17th

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: Sponsors Party and Sailors Picnic,Great Harbor Yacht Club (casual, fun, music; cost: $35/person)

Professional Race Officer:

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

2017 Honorary Chairperson:

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

2017 IOD Celebrity Invitational Tacticians:

Honorary Chair: Tom Whidden: President/CEO of North Technology Group, Americas Cup veteran, megayacht tactician

Robbie Doyle: President Doyle Sailmakers, Olympian in Finn Class, tactician in numerous maxi-boat campaigns, 2 time winner of the Invitational as tactician

Jonathan Farrar: 3-time IOD World Champion, 2015 in Nantucket as skipper, 12 year member of the U.S. Sailing team, 2 time U.S Tornado National Champ, coaches Northeastern University Sailing Team

Dave Franzel: Founder of Boston Sailing Center, champion of public sailing programs including 2016 establishing of St Thomas Sailing Center, US Virgin Islands, Sonars and Solings

Andy Green: Americas Cup and Bermuda Gold Cup skipper, commentator on televised sailing, host for the upcoming coverage of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race

Pat Healy: Dinghy coach at the Naval Academy, Canadian National Sailing Coach, now an international regatta judge in Toronto

Suzy Leech: Bowwoman on the 1995 America's Cup entry, veteran campaigner in keelboats from J70s to superyachts, onboard reporter for sailing coverage for ESPN

Tom Lihan: Dinghy, Laser and Finn Champion, Etchells and superyacht racing

Bill Lynn: 2-time College All American, Dinghy and Team Racing National Championships, North American Sonar, Etchells and J70 Championships, Sonar Worlds

Mike Marshall: North Sails sailmaker, 2016 J22 Worlds Champion, board of Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation

Ched Proctor: One Design specialist for North Sails, 6-time Shields National Championship, 5 Lightning North Americans, recent winner of the Lightning Southern Circuit

Mark Reynolds: Mr. Star, four time consecutive Olympic representative in the class, two world titles, 3 Olympic medals including 1992 and 2000 Gold medals, National Sailing Hall of Fame inductee in 2012

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

Skip Whyte: long standing coach of Boston University Sailing Team with six national championships, presently coach of University of Rhode Island Sailing Team, Olympic coach through the 2000s, lead coach of LISOT youth sailing team

Will Welles: North Sails Rhode Island, 2014 J 24 World Champ, a J24 stalwart

Past Celebrity Tacticians:

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

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