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Cover Photo Credit: JoySailing – Bronny Daniels
San Diego Yacht Club Repeats at Morgan Cup Champions
NEWPORT, R.I. (August 6, 2017) — For the third time in four years, the Morgan Cup, the toughest trophy in keelboat team racing, has been won by a team from the West Coast. San Diego Yacht Club repeated as the champion today, defeating New York Yacht Club 3-1 in a thrilling final series sailed under blue skies and in a shifty and puffy northwesterly breeze. From 2003, when the Morgan Cup Team Race was first run, through 2013, only the host New York Yacht Club and Long Island’s Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club were able to lay claim to the trophy. Southern California’s Newport Harbor Yacht Club broke that stranglehold in 2014 and San Diego Yacht Club now appears poised to start its own run.
“This regatta is packed with some of the best team racers from around the world,” said Jake Reynolds, a skipper and team captain for San Diego Yacht Club. “If you can win a race in this regatta, you’ve done really well. To win [the whole event] is really an honor.”
While San Diego YC was the defending champion, the team started off the regatta sailing like rookies, losing their first three matches and four of their first six.
“We started off really rough,” said Reynolds. “Everybody else came into this regatta firing, and we were a little bit slow off of home plate. I think it was a combo of both [team-racing rust and Sonar-sailing rust]. We shook it off quickly, which goes to our team and how good a sailor everybody is.”
In the second round robin, San Diego was nearly perfect, beating everyone but New York Yacht Club, to finish with 13 points and the top seed going into the knock-out rounds. The overall standings were incredibly close, with just five points separating first from eighth and a tie breaker needed to decide which two of the three teams on nine points advanced through to the six-boat championship knock-out round.
The teams representing Yale Corinthian Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club emerged from the quarterfinals to challenge the top two seeds, San Diego Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club. San Diego won its semifinal 3-1, but the battle between St. Francis and New York, two teams that often butt heads at the business end of major keelboat team races, came down to a penalty call against the St. Francis team just meters from the finish.
The action in the final was particularly frenetic. San Diego Yacht Club got out to the early lead in all four races, but the team from the host club was able to make each one a battle. When the dust settled, the scoreline for the finals was San Diego Yacht Club 3, New York Yacht Club 1.
“I’ve got to give it to the New York Yacht Club guys, they’re really good,” said Reynolds. “They’ve been doing it for a really long time. Just keeping your wits about you was really important in those last few races.”
Reynolds said that the team’s win last year has really helped make team racing more popular with the membership of the San Diego Yacht Club.
“When we won last year, the support for the team and interest in team racing rose immensely,” he said. “We look at NYYC as kind of a model for high-level team racing. We’re getting there, and once we build up that grass-roots level, we’re going to have an even stronger team.”
Great news for Reynolds and his crew, as rallying 12 team racers to fly across the country each August is never easy. Bad news, however, for teams that have their eye on winning the Morgan Cup in the foreseeable future.
2017 NYYC Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup
Gold Knock-Out Round
Silver Knock-Out Round
Final Results (with Round Robin Win Totals)
Photo credits: © Stuart Streuli/NYYC
June 16, 2017 – Long Beach, CA
As summer kicks off there is a lot going on this weekend. Here is your SCSN Friday evening update.
On the world stage, the 35th America’s Cup gets underway tomorrow in Bermuda, and now that this made forTV viewing event has some traction it is worth following here. For US viewers tune in at 1000 PT on NBC to watch or record.
Nationally, the ever growing and popular Cleveland Race Week is already underway. Four SoCal Teams are competing there as we speak.
The International Star Class is there racing in the Star Western Hemisphere Championships. After two days of racing the SoCal Star Teams are doing well, with Laguna Beach’s Andy MacDonald and crew Mike Wolfs in the lead with finishes of 9-1-1 so far. The San Diego Team of George Szabo / Dave Martin are in third with a 6-5-5 performance. And Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise representing SDYC are in 10th with finishes of 11-3-27 so far.
In the J70 Class, Long Beach’s Team Bruce Golison is competing and placed 5th today in the only race that was held today.
Several SoCal Juniors are competing at the Fort Worth Boat Club in the US Sailing Rose Junior Sailing Match Racing Championships that started today.
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Locally the US Sailing Center Long Beach is hosting their annual “Yard Sail” tomorrow. Check it out!
The Star Class is gathering in Newport Beach to compete for the Baxter Bowl hosted by NHYC.
LBYC is running the Emerald Bay Races #3 & #4 in their 50th Annual Catalina Island Series this weekend.
And in the local SoCal Radio Sailing World, the Micro Magic Class has two days of racing planned where your SCSN Editor will be competing. Tomorrow is the OCMSC Micro Magic Points Races taking place at Irvine’s Mason Park. Sunday the Micro Magics race in El Dorado Park in Long Beach.
May 6, 2017 Long Beach to Newport Beach, CA 16.4 NM