Tied up at Baldwin Cup
Published on April 4th, 2019
Newport Beach, CA (April 4, 2019) – Newport Harbor Yacht Club is trying to defend its team race title in the 2019 Baldwin Cup Team Race. In Stage 1, after 54 races today, San Diego Yacht Club is tied with the NHYC Lightning team for first place. Both teams have 8 wins and one loss. Following is Larchmont Yacht Club with 7 wins and 2 losses.
At a brand-new club house under blue skies with westerly winds averaging seven knots, The Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosted day one of the Baldwin Cup Team Race.
With a guest appearance by Goslings Rum founder Ambrose Gosling sharing dulcet tones of old pirate shanties, teams from yacht clubs across the U.S. and the United Kingdom began their fight for the most coveted honor on the team racing circuit. At the end of day one, San Diego and NHYC Lightning are tied for first, and Larchmont sitting in third.
Working through the challenges of today’s light air were competitors whose CVs include Olympiads, collegiate sailing, and the America’s Cup.
Back from a one-year hiatus, Commodore Scott Mason’s organizing skills were far from rusty, efficiently getting 54 races off as PRO. Together with Event General Chair Staff Commodore Jeff Gordon, Mason and a team of over 100 member volunteers kicked off the twelfth running of this world class team racing regatta, which is heavily in debt to the twenty-six Harbor 20 owners who lend their boats to the event.
“The Baldwin Cup is one of the most coveted invitations on the team race circuit,” said Mason. “This is a testament to the hard work of our members that volunteer their time to make all of the regatta’s many elements come together. Our member’s commitment to the Baldwin Cup is a reflection of our 102-year heritage of hospitality.
“We are excited to see it shine through for the first time at our new club house. We think the new building will bring spectators even closer to the unique four versus four team racing for which this event is known.”
Today’s highlights included: The New York Yacht Club’s fierce competition of “rock paper scissors” to determine skippers crew pairings; and announcer Adam Deermount’s continuous efforts to auction off his vegan beef jerky strips from his snack pack.
Per usual, there is no shortage of humor from competitors; “How are we supposed to win the regatta if we can’t win the team photo?” said a first-time sailor from the Corinthian Yacht Club. Tips for race preparation included: getting your blazer cleaned; practice putting on sun tan lotion; hoarding quarters for the infamous quarter beers; and watching The Bachelor.
“We barely notice the competitors,” said umpire John Drayton, a four-year veteran of the Baldwin Cup Team Race. “We only see a sail number and a color out there. I am administering justice punishing evil doers. If you like the service you are getting, please give us five stars on yelp.”
With over seventy mooring balls cleared to create an unobscured race course and amazing views, sailors compete in a team format with four vs. four boats. Competitors will frequently sail less than 50 meters off the dock.
The 12th edition has attracted teams from Annapolis Yacht Club (Annapolis, MD), Balboa Yacht Club (Newport Beach, CA), Corinthian Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Royal Thames Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, and Southern Yacht Club.
Racing is scheduled for on April 4-6.
2019 Entry List:
Annapolis Yacht Club – Annapolis, MD
Balboa Yacht Club – Newport Beach, CA
Corinthian Yacht Club – Marblehead, MA
Larchmont Yacht Club – Larchmont, NY
New York Yacht Club – New York, NY
Royal Thames Yacht Club – London, UK
St. Francis Yacht Club – San Francisco, CA
San Diego Yacht Club – San Diego, CA
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club – Oyster Bay, NY
John Storck, III
Southern Yacht Club – New Orleans, LA
Newport Harbor Yacht Club Lightning – Newport Beach, CA
Jake La Dow
Newport Harbor Yacht Club Thunder – Newport Beach, CA