TEAM RCYC


Team RCYC 2019 crew includes: Terry McLaughlin (helm), Lance Fraser (tactician), Evert McLaughlin (mainsail trimmer), Andrew McTavish (jib trimmer and boat captain), John Millen (spinnaker trimmer), Ingrid Merry (pit), Mariah Millen (runners), Sandy Andrews (bow).


 

Terry McLaughlin

Terry McLaughlin has been sailing all his life. In fact, it is said that he was racing International 14’ Dinghies prior to being born, inside his mother Mary. We are not sure if he was in charge of tactics or boat speed then. Terry, and his crew Evert Bastet, after winning the 1980 Flying Dutchman World Championships, were not permitted to participate in the 1980 Olympic Games due to the western boycott. They came back in 1984 in Los Angeles to win the Silver Medal in the FD class. In between those Games, Terry skippered Canada 1 to a semi-final position in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Trials.

Terry was the skipper of Team RCYC in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, finishing 2nd in 2009, 1st in both 2011 & 2013 and yes 10th in 2015. He skippered Canada’s J24 to a Silver Medal in the Pan American Games in 2015, the Farr 40 Defiant to a successful challenge in 2001 and defense in 2003 in the Canada’s Cup and the J105 Mandate to a North American Championship in 2014, 2016 & 2018.

Terry was an Intercollegiate All-American in 1977 and 1979 sailing for Queen’s University. He was awarded Rolex Sailor of the Year in Canada in 2001 & 2013.


 

Lance Fraser

Lance Fraser, 26, has been sailing since his first Lake Ontario crossing at two months old. After moving to Bermuda at age 2, he went on to represent Bermuda internationally in Optimists and Snipes, before racing various keelboats and eventually competitively campaigning in match racing. In 2011, Lance was named Bermuda Teen Athlete of the Year after strong match racing results, multiple podium finishes and two victories at various Bermuda National Championships (J24, Etchells and Match Racing) between 2009 and 2011. Lance also represented Bermuda at the World Match Racing Tour Argo Group Gold Cup 5 times, including as the youngest skipper ever at age 17. In 2016, he reached a high of 34th (1st in Canada and Bermuda, 6th in North America) on the World Sailing Match Racing Rankings. Lance now lives in Toronto and works in finance, while continuing to race competitively, including winning 3 of the last 4 RCYC York Cup regattas (WS Grade 3). 



Evert McLaughlin

 

Evert McLaughlin, 29, is a third-generation high performance sailor who has represented RCYC and Canada for many years in international regattas. He began racing competitively at age nine in the one-person Optimist dinghy and attended three world championships in that class. In 2003, he was named Ontario Sailing Youth Sailor of the Year. In 2006, he switched to the one-person Laser, which he raced for the next 10 years. In 2010, he achieved a career highlight in finishing first at the US Nationals and winning the Cork Regatta for the second straight year. Named to the Canadian sailing team in 2013, Evert made his Laser world championship debut that same year. After placing second in the Canadian Pan Am team trials and missing out on the Games in the Laser, McLaughlin qualified for TORONTO 2015 in the two-person Snipe class. After retiring from the Olympic pathway, Evert completed a Master’s degree in data analytics and has since been working in that field. He has kept busy sailing various one design classes (J105s, VX1s, Melges 20), competing in match racing events and sailing Volvo 60s with Atlas Ocean Racing.
 



Andrew McTavish

Andrew McTavish is a life-long sailor and Member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Andrew has represented the RCYC on four previous Invitational Cup Teams and competed regularly in the Swan 42 Class in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He has competed in National, Continental and World Championships in the Laser, J24, 8 Metre classes and is a member of multiple J105 North American Champion teams. A Member of the Cruising Club of America, Andrew has completed multiple Newport to Bermuda and RORC Caribbean 600 offshore races.


 

John Millen

John Millen, 58, has been a life-long member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.  Along with being a member of RCYC’s 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 NYYC Invitational teams, John has represented the RCYC in various international events that include the 1988 and 1992 Olympics (1988 bronze medal Flying Dutchman class), and the 1983 and 1987 America's Cups on Canada I and Canada II.  John crewed the 1981 I14 world champion boat and was a crew member of the successful Canada's Cup challenge and defence campaigns in 2001 and 2003.

 



Ingrid Merry

Ingrid Merry, 29, following the footsteps of her older sisters, began sailing at a young age at her local Yacht Squadron. Her summers were spent at “sailing school” where she graduated through the levels and joined the Race Team.  At that time, Ingrid’s passion and dedication to sailing grew, which led her to qualifying for the Canadian Sailing Team in the Laser Radial class. She competed on the ISAF World Cup circuit as a single-handed sailor for a number of years, until she was asked to start up a new 49erFX campaign. New skills were gained as she navigated sharing the responsibilities of this new boat with a partner. This experience led Ingrid to broaden the number of different classes she sails today.

 

Ingrid studied at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and currently works as a Civil Engineer in Toronto, ON

 

 



Mariah Millen

Mariah Millen, 21, is a graduate of the RCYC Junior Club Mariah and followed the path of her teammate, and father, John Millen into competitive sailing. In her first year of the 49erFX, she finished second at the 2017 North American Championships. In 2017, she posted a fifth-place finish at the 49erFX Junior World Championships and won the Canadian title. Mariah made her first appearance at the 49erFx ISAF World Sailing Championships in 2018, qualifying for the gold fleet and a spot on the Canadian Sailing Team. An early highlight in 2019 was a 15th-place finish at the European Championships. Millen won the Sail Canada’s 2018 Marvin McDill Memorial Award for best performance by a rookie on the Canadian Sailing Team, and recently represented Canada in the 49erFx at the Pan Am games in Lima, Peru.



Sandy Andrews

Sandy Andrews has keel boat racing experience that includes the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), Pan American Games Silver Medalist (2015), 8 Metre World Championships (2017), Admirals Cup (1975, 1979, 1985), Onion Patch Series (1976), Newport to Bermuda Race (1976, 1980), Sardinia Cup (1980), SORC and Key West Race Week (1976 to 1995). 

In the current decade he has been involved with a more age-appropriate class, having crewed on the winning boat Mandate in numerous Canadian and North American Championships in the J105 class.