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Elwell, Jr.

1945 -

David Elwell is a well-known figure in the world of sailing, having made significant contributions to the sport throughout his life. He started his career as a crew member on Intrepid in the 1967 America’s Cup, where he was part of the winning team. After a stint in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, he returned to the sport and crewed on Valiant in the America’s Cup trials in 1970.

Elwell’s involvement in sailing continued for many years, during which time he owned and sailed a number of big boats under the name of Conspiracy and became a long-time participant in the Etchells Class. In addition, he served as the Chair of the America’s Cup Challenge Group in 2000 in New Zealand, and was the Commodore of both the American Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club from 2009-2010.

Elwell’s commitment to the sport of sailing is evident in his involvement in volunteer race committees, regatta management, and promotion of youth programming. He was also a guiding force behind the New York Yacht Club Class Swan 42 and founded the prestigious New York Yacht Club international event, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Elwell’s contributions to sailing have been recognized with several awards, including the New York Yacht Club Medal, which is awarded only to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Club or yachting in general. David Elwell’s legacy as a sailor and leader in the sailing community will continue to be felt for many years to come.

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