Centennial Speaker Series : Phil Lotz, New York Yacht Club

Centennial Speaker Series : Phil Lotz, New York Yacht Club

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

5:30pm – 7:00pm

2019 Centennial Speaker Series

Join us for an exciting series celebrating 100 years of Seamen’s.

Phil Lotz, New York Yacht Club

Phil Lotz, Board Member of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a U.S. Challenger for the next America’s Cup, will provide an update on the Newport-based team’s progress in their campaign to win sailing’s highest prize. Phil was part of the leadership group that founded American Magic in 2017 with the aim of reclaiming the oldest trophy in international sports for New York Yacht Club, the organization that started the event in 1851.

Philip J. Lotz (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Newport, R.I.) was elected as the 65th Commodore of the New York Yacht Club in December of 2016. A native of New York, he first learned to sail in a Dyer Dhow on New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay and Cazenovia Lake, in upstate New York, and then spent five summers teaching sailing in Newport, R.I. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he was captain of the sailing team and the winning tactician in the 1978 Kennedy Cup, the collegiate big-boat championship. Lotz recently retired from a successful career in finance and re-insurance. He was the managing director of the London Office of Greenwch Nat’West and, later, the executive chairman of Pillar Capital Management. Lotz is an avid sailor, having competed successfully in classes such as the J/105, Swan 42, Melges 32, Etchells and Viper 640. He won two national championships onboard his Swan 42, Arethusa, and skippered the New York Yacht Club entry to a win in the inaugural Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup in 2009. He currently owns a Gunboat 60, also called Arethusa, and has sailed and raced it extensively in New England and the Caribbean. He is also an accomplished team racer.

These lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Mariners’ Lounge of the Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport. It will be open to the public without charge, though a suggested donation of $10 will help defray costs and fund the Institute’s outreach programs.

February – December
2nd Wednesday of every other month

5:30 p.m. Reception 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Presentation

Free and open to the public

Event Location

Seamen’s Church Institute
18 Market Square
Newport, RI, 02840

Event Fees

Seamen's Church Institute

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