Consistency Pays Off for Larchmont Yacht Club
Published on September 11th, 2013
Newport, RI (August 11, 2013) – The second day of racing at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex got off to a slow start when the wind took longer than expected to arrive on the course the Race Committee had chosen north of the Pell Bridge in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Once the southwesterly breeze filled in, three races were run in upwards of 10 knots, with gusts to 15, giving the 20 international yacht club teams an excellent workout.
“What I’ve seen on the race course up to now is that all of these teams have gotten better,” said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport and the 2002 J/24 World Champion who is providing race commentary along with NYYC’s Sailing Director and America’s Cup umpire Brad Dellenbaugh. “The teams that have been here for three renditions now are consistently quicker than they were the first year and their boat handling is so much better. I’ve also seen you can take a bunch of dinghy sailors and turn them into Swan 42 sailors and that’s what Larchmont Yacht Club has done.”
Larchmont Yacht Club sailed all three races carrying the Rolex gold spinnaker that identifies them as the standings leader. After finishes of 2-16-3 today, they maintain that lead spot with 25 points. Following in second with 31.3 points is Ireland’s Royal Cork Yacht Club after finishing 7-6-5 today. The defending champions, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, moved up to third overall after their ninth-place finish in today’s first race was followed by wins in the subsequent two races. With 32 points, they are barely out of second and certainly within striking distance of the top spot.
The team representing Japan Sailing Federation is fourth overall, followed by New York Yacht Club and Australia’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, each with 36 points in the overall scoring.
Racing resumes Thursday, September 12, with the first race of the day scheduled for 1100 EST when the course location, on Narragansett Bay or Rhode Island Sound, will be determined by the Race Committee based on the day’s conditions. The five-day regatta continues through Saturday, September 14, 2013, when the champions will be determined at the conclusion of racing.
How to Follow the Event
Further information on the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex and daily reports during the event may be found at www.nyyc.org
To receive a post-event wrap up report and to download high-resolution images, copyright free for editorial purposes, register online at www.regattanews.com
Virtual Eye, with realistic 3D animation and the ability to switch between multiple camera angles, will bring the event to anyone who can’t physically make it to Newport. The tracker, displaying data for each boat, will be available on the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex website.
To enhance the tracking, live audio commentary will be provided by Brad Dellenbaugh, NYYC’s Sailing Director and America’s Cup umpire, and Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport and the 2002 J/24 World Champion. Flanking the fleet on RIBs, this dynamic duo will provide their perspective of the racing as well as their considerable insight into one-design tactics. In addition to live streaming, this audio will be available via VHF 86 for local spectators watching the racing from the water.
Video of the competition, including onboard footage and post-race interviews will be available after 9:00 p.m. EST each day of racing at http://nyyc.org/2012-05-15-22-15-33/2013-invitational-cup-videos
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About the Invitational Cup
First held in 2009, the biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex fuses five days of intense racing aboard identical Swan 42s with a glamorous social schedule to deliver an unrivaled event for competitors from around the globe.
Competitors must be non-professional (Corinthian) sailors and members of the yacht clubs they represent; they must also be nationals of their countries. For 2013, the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will welcome competitors from the following yachts clubs: the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (AUS), Japan Sailing Federation (JPN), Nyländska Jaktklubben (FIN), Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (ESP), Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN), Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL), Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (HKG), Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR), Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR), Yacht Club Argentino (ARG) and the Yacht Club Italiano (ITA), which have previously competed alongside host New York Yacht Club (USA). New to the event are the Royal Belgian Sailing Club (BEL), Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (AUS), Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (AUS), Royal Southern Yacht Club (GBR), Royal Swedish Yacht Club (SWE), as well as the three teams determined by the outcome of the 24-club U.S. Qualifying Series held at NYYC: Larchmont Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club.
For more information on the 2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, contact NYYC Communications Director Stuart Streuli at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://nyyc.org/yachting-public and follow the link to the Invitational Cup event pages.
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