Commodore - New York Yacht Club
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.