Tight Racing at Baldwin Cup
Published on April 13th, 2018
Newport Beach, CA (April 13, 2018) – Beginning in six knots of breeze out of the south, 96 racers in the 2018 Baldwin Cup Team Race (BCTR) completed 66 races in Stage One and sailed six races in Stage Two, despite late night activities laced with the best that Goslings has to offer.
The racing began in perfect Newport Beach conditions that by mid-afternoon had built up to 14 knots with gusts up to 17 requiring all boats to reef and ending in an epic collision and a fallen mast. At the end of day two, Newport Harbor Lighting is in first, San Diego Yacht Club is second with Newport Harbor Thunder in third.
While San Diego Yacht Club turned in consistent performances all day, today’s competition featured familiar rivalries with local home town favorites, Newport Harbor Lighting and Newport Harbor Thunder with Larchmont Yacht Club turning in a solid showing. Several of the out of town teams performed better in the steadily increasing afternoon breeze with New York Yacht Club and Southern Yacht Club rounding out the Gold fleet cut in addition to the aforementioned four.
“We were really happy with our performance today,” said Nick Martin, of the San Diego Yacht Club. “They key to our success was that we were calm, cool and collected. No one got in our heads. We sailed our own race. No question the conditions were pretty interesting.”
“Not only does NHYC know how to have fun, but also, we are incredibly committed to providing premier racing and best- in- class hospitality regardless of not having a proper facility,” noted Staff Commodore Jeff Gordon and event chair. “Spectators were treated to great racing today two boat lengths from the dock on the first beat. Today’s wind conditions were ideal for this team racing format.”
Other Baldwin Cup Team Race traditions were front and center with 25 cent beers, Gosling’s trivia questions, and new this year, the drone pilot trying to avoid the dive bombing seagulls.
Teams this year include: The Annapolis Yacht Club (Annapolis, Md.), Balboa Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.), Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Porto Cervo, Italy), Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.), Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, N.Y.), New York Yacht Club, (New York, N.Y.), Royal Thames Yacht Club (London, U.K.), St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco), San Diego Yacht Club (San Diego), Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.), Newport Harbor Yacht Club Lightning (Newport Beach, Calif.), and Newport Harbor Yacht Club Light Thunder (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Source: Chris Ann Goddard