LYNN LYNCH HIRED AS NYYC SAILING DIRECTOR
NEWPORT, R.I. — The New York Yacht Club is going from strength to strength with the announcement that Lynn Lynch will take over for the retiring Brad Dellenbaugh as Sailing Director. Lynch, who is currently the Race Director for the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco and was previously the On-the-Water Director for the Chicago Yacht Club, will start on March 1, 2017.
"We feel extremely fortunate that we have found such a talented, experienced and respected individual to step into the rather large shoes that will be left behind by Brad Dellenbaugh," said Philip A. Lotz, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. "In his 12 years at the Club, Brad, with his depth of knowledge and experience, has done a tremendous job of supporting our busy and varied regatta schedule, generally ensuring that every sailor who participates in a New York Yacht Club regatta has a first-class experience. That includes his many unseen contributions, such as designing inventive course configurations, working out complex team-race ladders and commentating for our live coverage of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup."
Dellenbaugh will remain active in the sport. He is on the team of umpires that will officiate the 35th America's Cup competition in Bermuda in June and will be available to consult with the Club for special projects.
"It's certainly bittersweet to leave this position," said Dellenbaugh. "I've thoroughly enjoyed my 12 years at the New York Yacht Club and I'm very proud of the countless major championships we've run during that time, as well as the numerous smaller events, which are just as important to the participants. I'm pleased that Lynn has agreed to take my place, and I look forward to working with her this winter and spring to ensure a smooth transition to our busy 2017 regatta schedule."
Lynch is a Chicago native who has been working within the sailing industry in a variety of roles for more than 20 years. As the race director for the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club, Lynch oversaw one of the sport's busiest regatta offices, organizing and assisting with events that covered the spectrum of sailing, including the J/70 World Championship, the Kite Foil Gold Cup, the US Sailing Match Race Championships and, of course, the signature annual event of the St. Francis Yacht Club, the Rolex Big Boat Series.
"My husband and I have always wanted to end up in Newport, R.I., and had recently begun to plan our move east." said Lynch. "I feel very fortunate to be able to take this job, at this club, and build upon the legacy of great regattas and on-the-water member events. I will miss St. Francis Yacht Club as well as San Francisco and its weather. In the almost three years I have worked on the Bay, I have gained the utmost respect for the StFYC staff and race committee volunteers who run regattas on what is easily one of the most challenging and exciting racing venues in the world. It was an honor to work with such a great team and for a club that does so much to support the sport of sailing."
Lynch will join the Club with the planning for a busy 2017 regatta season already well underway. The full details of the upcoming regatta season will be released early in 2017.