Cream Rising at Baldwin Cup
Published on April 7th, 2017
Newport Beach, CA (April 7, 2016) – Sailing in a light five knot breeze out of the southwest, the 12 teams completed 24 races into Stage Two. The conditions did not disappoint despite the Weather Channel’s insistence of 52 degree temperatures with cloudy skies (maybe they were thinking of Newport, Rhode Island?).
Today’s competition featured a mind blowing tiebreaker between five teams – requiring numerous mathematical calculations and multiple checks (in triplicate) – to secure the final spot in the Gold Series. In addition, four of the five boats who previously won the event fought for the only remaining spot in the Gold Series.
At the end of day two, St. Francis Yacht Club continues to hold onto first, with NHYC Lightning and San Diego YC tied for second. Royal Thames is just behind in fourth. Also making it into Gold was NHYC Thunder and Yale Corinthian YC.
“It was close racing with very tricky conditions,” said Michael Menninger on the St. Francis Yacht Club team, formerly of NHYC Team Thunder. “We were definitely tested throughout the day, especially with the pressure shifts, but we are definitely in the hunt.”
This year’s teams include: Balboa Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.), College of Charleston Yacht Club (Charleston, S.C.), Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, N.Y.), New York Yacht Club (N.Y.), Royal Thames Yacht Club (London), St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco), San Diego Yacht Club (Calif.), Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, L.A.), Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (Branford, Conn.), in addition to two teams from Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Team Lightning and Thunder.
Source: Chris Ann Goddard