Greenwich sailor takes the helm at NY Yacht Club
The news of the day includes the election of William P. Ketcham of Greenwich as the 66th commodore of New York Yacht Club on Dec. 6 at the 44th Street Clubhouse in Manhattan.
Ketcham had previously served as commodore of the American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y., from 1998 to 2000.
A well-regarded sailor, Commodore Ketcham and team Maxine won the 2018 Queen’s Cup at the NYYC. The Queen’s Cup is a prestigious perpetual trophy that was donated to the club by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, replacing the King’s Cup donated by her father, King George VI, in 1912, which was retired upon his passing.
The New York Yacht Club was founded in 1844, and defended the America’s Cup for 132 years. NYYC will be challenging for America’s Cup again in 2021.
In addition to its landmark New York clubhouse, the New York Yacht Club has another clubhouse, Harbor Court, in Newport, R.I.
This year marks the club’s 175th anniversary.
Ketcham grew up in Greenwich and lives here with his wife, Renee Amory Ketcham, head of Focus on French Film, and his adult children, Saunders Ketcham and Liza Ketcham.
More yachting news indicates that sailing continues on the waters off Greenwich, with some even on the cold, cold days of this winter. I don’t mind watching the frostbite sailing, as a matter of fact I enjoy it, as long as I don’t have to do it. In my life, this type of year used to be the reverse, up in the hills with your skis on.
Frankly, of all the things I miss, my skis are the ones. Since I was a youngster, those skis were a most important part of winter, to be looked forward to all summer long.
Many of my friends head to South America in summer so as not to miss a day of skiing. Obviously, the days of skiing are not that many in the summertime here, but they are most important for those who love the sport. There are many places to enjoy skiing in South America, although Chile seems to be most popular.
At this point, I should like to thank you for the letters and calls wishing me well in my recovery from a broken leg. It’s a relief that I have put myself back together.
Happy New Year, and again my sincere thanks for your interest. It is much appreciated.
Greenwich native Norma Bartol, a former Greenwich Time reporter and columnist, lives in the backcountry.