NHYC Lightning Leading at Baldwin Cup
Published on April 5th, 2019
Newport Beach, CA (April 5, 2019) – In increasing breezes out of the west, 96 racers in the 2019 Baldwin Cup Team Race (BCTR) presented by JPMorgan Chase, competed 108 races as of the end of day two, despite late night festivities with Goslings Rum’ best potions and mysterious Duffy boat excursions with take-out pizza.
Today’s racing began with perfect Newport Beach conditions that by mid-afternoon had built up to 12 knots out of the west, with the weather mark adjacent to the dock, ideal for premier stadium racing. At the end of day two, Newport Harbor Yacht Club Team Lighting is first, Larchmont Yacht Club is second and San Diego Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club are tied for third.
Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Lighting is looking strong, with San Diego Yacht Club and Larchmont Yacht Club turning in top performances. The Annapolis Yacht Club will face off tomorrow with The Seawanhaka Yacht Club for a chance to go to the knockout round. “It can all change on Sunday,” said BCTR veteran, “tomorrow it is sail or die.”
Reid Vitarelli from Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Thunder, noted, “We are just trying to survive. If Team Lighting can continue beating people we can fight our way back in,” showcasing the expected home town rivalry.
The umpires weighed in on best practices for when the wind comes, “We need to be more cognizant of the hiking rules, especially since they were modified this year, in addition to be being especially well-positioned on the course, because things happen much more quickly in the increased wind.”
“Our new clubhouse, with its multi-level viewing points is a five-star venue for spectator viewing,” said Staff Commodore Jeff Gordon and event chair. “It does not get better than this. Our guests were treated to amazing racing today, sometimes literally two boat lengths from the dock. Today’s westerly winds were ideal NHYC’s stadium viewing.”
Other Baldwin Cup Team Race traditions were front and center including 25 cent beers, the Royal Thames Yacht Club’s cricket skills, and a fierce corn hole competition. In an unexpected challenge, the race’s admin team pulled out their best excel magic tricks after some technical difficulties with the scoring program.
Lastly, Tom Hogan was in training as an understudy to Staff Commodore Dwight Belden who has perfected the art of setting marks in a director’s chair with a Cuban cigar.
Twelve 4-boat teams are competing in the Harbor 20, with the race course just off the docks of host Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
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
Source: Chris Ann Goddard