Team Lightning wins Baldwin Cup
Published on April 6th, 2019
Newport Beach, CA (April 6, 2019) – Finishing three days of very close competition in Newport Beach champagne conditions, Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Lightning took first place in the 2019 Baldwin Cup Team Race (BCTR). Larchmont Yacht Club finished second.
The championship sail-off between Larchmont Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club Team Lightning today capped off day that started in six knots of breezing building to 12 knots out of the west.
Team Lightning beat Larchmont Harbor Yacht Club three zero in the finals. It was a triumphant first-time win for Team Lightning sailor Caleb Silby who long sailed for various NHYC teams. He somersaulted into the bay celebrate.
This year’s Baldwin Cup Team Race saw: old adversaries with winners often being determined in the last 10 feet of the race and the best stadium style racing in front of the new clubhouse just off the dock with over 300 spectators.
“We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather,” said Staff Commodore Jeff Gordon and regatta chairman. “We could not do this regatta without the support of our sponsors, JPMorgan Chase supporting this event for six years, Goslings Rum, and, new this year, Dry Creek Vineyard.
“In addition, a huge thank goes out to our amazing group of 150 volunteers that work the event every day and host our umpires, judges and competitors in their homes. Lastly, we would like to thank our competitors that traveled from as far as the U.K. who bring their competitive spirit to our yacht club year after year.”
“It has been fantastic week, said Ethan Morgan, executive managing director Orange County and San Diego market manager. “The Newport Harbor Yacht Club did a perfect job. We are so impressed with their level of excellence, which matches how we conduct our own business. From the beautiful setting to volunteer members, everything was perfect for our clients and guests. We look forward to next year’s event.”
Other Baldwin Cup Team Race traditions were front and center including the Duffy boat asking if the race on the water was “sailing lessons” and wanting to know where they could sign up: to Staff Commodore Dwight Belden running out of gas in the mark boat, paddling in with a boat hook, and commentators Brooks Clark and Adam Deermount sharing Brexit jokes when the Royal Thames Yacht Club was eliminated, followed by the song “Werewolves of London.”
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 was held 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