Sept 21, 2016
Hollandia, of RCYC (Toronto), wins the 24th Canada’s Cup after five races. The championship was a “best of seven” series; the first boat to win four races wins The Championship! Hollandia won the first three races putting USA’s Yquem 1 into a sudden death position for the remainder of the competition. Yquem 1 fended Hollandia off in the fourth race, with a tense finish involving Yquem 1 forcing Hollandia away from the finish, but in race five Hollandia took the title. Both teams showed true sportsmanship as Yquem 1 greeted team Hollandia at the dock. The entire team lined-up at the dock and shook hands.
“We are very proud to have successfully defended the Canada’s Cup for Canada and Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The U.S. team was very talented and challenged us every step of the way. They took the lead many times and we had to come from behind. It has been my life long dream to win the Canada’s Cup. I am excited and incredibly proud of the team and my fortune to continue in the Gooderham tradition in competing for the Canada’s Cup, said skipper Bryan Gooderham of RCYC.
The regatta began on September 10th and ended on September 13th . The race committee did a great job getting races off in varying, shifty, numerous, both light and heavy wind conditions. There was only one day without racing due to lack of wind.
The victory for the Canadians makes for the 11th time Canada has won while the Americans have won it 13 times in the past 120 years. This victory, for club and country, has ensured that the Cup stays in the RCYC until the next challenge. Congratulations to both teams for their exceptional show of good sportsmanship, camaraderie and expertise in sailing.
About The Teams:
Canada’s Team Hollandia (RCYC) was skippered by Bryan Gooderham and crewed by Rob Emery, Will Gyles, Allan Megarry, Michael Rustom, Peter Wickwire, Mike Wolfs
America’s Team Yquem (Youngstown) was skippered by Adam Burns, and crewed by Jason Suitor, Jimmy Carminati,, Philip “Flipper” Wehrheim, Ryan Suitor, Eric Voss, John Goller,