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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
A nice compilation of photos and paintings of the history of the America’s Cup. Many SoCal based sailors and boats have competed in the AC over the years.
From Cruising World:
FROM WOODEN SCHOONERS TO CARBON-FIBER CATS, THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICA’S CUP HAS BEEN FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT, CONTROVERSY AND TRADITION FOR OVER 160 YEARS.
New York, N.Y. (November 13, 2016) — America’s Cup winner, Olympic medalist and sailing legend Dennis Conner was honored with the New York Yacht Club Medal on Thursday evening, November 10, at the Club’s 44th Street Clubhouse in the heart of Manhattan.
The medal (at right) was first awarded in 1964 to the members of the Constellation America’s Cup syndicate as an expression of the Club’s appreciation. Since 1985, the flag officers of the New York Yacht Club have periodically awarded the New York Yacht Club Medal in recognition of achievements of particular merit or outstanding contributions to the Club or yachting in general.
“Dennis Conner has had more impact on sailing than any sailor in the world over the past four decades,” said New York Yacht Club Commodore A. Rives Potts Jr., a former America’s Cup shipmate of Conner. “For those of us fortunate enough to sail with Dennis, we are all better sailors because of our time on board with DC.”
This represents just the 17th time the Club has awarded this medal. Previous honorees include legendary yacht designer Olin Stephens, America’s Cup challenger Baron Marcel Bich and America’s Cup winner and television commentator Gary Jobson.
“It was huge night for me,” said Conner, who was joined in New York by dozens of former shipmates, with many others sending congratulations via the Internet. “Being awarded the New York Yacht Club medal is special; it’s one of the most coveted honors in yachting. What really meant a lot was being able to share this with so many friends, and the people who made this medal possible. It was a awards dinner that will be long remembered by the sailing legends who attended.”
Conner’s exemplary record as a yachtsman spans all facets of the sport. He won a bronze medal in the Tempest class at the 1976 Olympics, has numerous world championships to his credit and sailed in two Whitbread Races.
The America’s Cup, however, was one constant in his career. He sailed on board Ted Hood’s winning Courageous team in 1974 and then skippered winning teams in 1980, 1987 and 1988. This 30-year-plus association with sailing’s flagship event wasn’t without its challenges. His relationship with the New York Yacht Club suffered after Conner lost the Cup in 1983 to John Bertrand and Australia II—ending the Club’s historic 132-year winning streak—and he challenged for the 1987 Cup representing the San Diego Yacht Club. The 1988 defense was marred by a protracted legal battle that continued long after the famously lopsided match between Conner’s wing-sailed catamaran Stars & Stripes and Sir Michael Fay’s monstrous monohull from New Zealand. Nonetheless his standing among the greatest sailors ever to compete for the Auld Mug is without question. He was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame with its inaugural class in 1993. Conner is also a member of the first group of inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Conner’s relationship with the New York Yacht Club, where he has been a member since 1980, has long since been repaired. Conner partnered with the Club for his final challenge for the America’s Cup, in Auckland in 2003.
“He is the ultimate team leader,” said Potts. “He never raises his voice and expects everyone to do his or her job in every situation without orders. His work ethic and preparation are unparalleled. His abilities to focus on boat speed, position on the course, sail selection and the location of every significant competitor are almost super human.”
NEWPORT, R.I. (September 17, 2016) — The competition for the 2016 Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, ended long before the final race. The team from Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.) was so dominant they would’ve won the regatta even if they didn’t sail the final two races. Marcus and Andrew Eagan, along with Jackson Benvenutti, did sail those two races—which they won, just like every other Gold Fleet race today—and the final margin of victory was 28 points, against a total score of 13. The 2016 Resolute Cup is sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, Helly Hansen and Melges Performance Sailboats.
On the other hand, the race for the other two key honors—the second qualifying spot for the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the Silver Fleet champion—couldn’t have been any tighter. After some white-knuckle racing and some fretful moments while the scores were counted, Balboa Yacht Club (Corona del Mar, Calif.) finished second in the Gold Feet while Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit, Mich.) survived a incredibly intense race for first place in the Silver Fleet.
“This is a great win for Southern Yacht Club and a good one to bring back home,” said Andrew Eagan. “A lot of people at home have been watching and emailing Marcus and I and Jackson, texting us and leaving us voicemails. My mom and dad just flew in yesterday so they’ll be here tonight at the dinner to celebrate with us.”
The Eagan family has every reason to celebrate. The Southern team started strong on Day 1 of the qualifying and never showed any sign of weakness through 23 races over four days. Only two of their results were outside the top 3.
“We seemed to really mesh together as the event went on,” said Andrew Eagan. “We’ve sailed together before and have a lot of the same mindset on doing things. We established on Monday our routine from going to bed to waking up in the morning to getting through the day and we kind of kept our routine going and it seemed to work: plenty of rest and talk about how to get better each day and what not to do.”
While Southern Yacht Club was blitzing the fleet, a pair of very interesting battles played out. The first was for the final qualifying spot for next fall’s Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Entering the final race, four teams were within two points of that spot. Eastern Yacht Club, which has won this event before, held the initial advantage, but on the fourth of five legs, Alex Steele and Balboa Yacht Club seized on an opportunity.
“We knew that we had to beat Eastern and [on the final run] we were talking about jibing early, but we decided on staying with them and trying to hurt them a bit,” said Balboa Yacht Club skipper Alex Steele. “We ended up rolling Eastern and making them jibe off and they lost two boats. It really came down to the last run.”
Steele was a little disappointed by his own performance during the first three days of the regatta. Things turned today with a team decision to loosen up and enjoy the moment.
“Yesterday we were just angry at each other and not having fun,” said Steele. “Today we said let’s just step back and relax a bit and still sail super hard and tight. I was listening to Toots and the Maytals and a French DJ group [while racing]. It was a fun day. It was great racing. This is probably the tightest racing I’ve done in 15 years. With the quality of the competition, even getting out of our qualifying group was difficult.”
Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.) rounded out the top three, two points behind Balboa. Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Shelter Island (N.Y.) Yacht Club were tied for fourth a point further back, with the former winning the tiebreaker.
Bayview Yacht Club Finds Its Silver Living
After coming to terms with the disappointment of not making the Gold Fleet, Marc Hollerbach and his team from Detroit’s venerable Bayview Yacht Club set their sights on being the best of the rest.
“We thought consistency would be what would pay off, and we were not,” said Hollerbach with a wry chuckle. “But neither was anyone else, fortunately. The distinction between the Silver and Gold Fleet is a distinction with no real meaning because anyone of the teams in the Silver Fleet could’ve been in the Gold Fleet, they just were not for this regatta. The people we’re sailing against in the Silver Fleet, I would drive 1,000 miles just to sail against those guys. Consistency we thought would do it, but there were so many good people you just couldn’t be consistent.”
So in the absence of a steady diet of top-five finishes, Hollerbach and his crew of son Nathan Hollerbach and Nick Marcolini tried to take advantage of their moments, winning one race and finishing four others in the top three, and limit the damage when things didn’t go well. At no point was that more apparent than in the final race where Bayview battled for in the middle of the pack for five legs, moving between sixth and 13th before eventually finishing 10th. Nine seconds was all that separated from the Detroit club from 12th place in that race, and second place in the regatta.
“The fleet is ridiculously good and it was super shifty and if you couldn’t get off the line you were behind, forced out to the edge and you had to take when the fleet gave you,” said Nathan Hollerbach, the team’s tactician. “That’s what happens in very intense racing.”
“I’ve not been involved with this before, we’ve sent other team in past, but it’s very important for Bayview to participate,” said Marc Hollerbach. “The Resolute Cup has become more and more intense and the level of competition is rising. This has become a premier event in the country and we want to be a part of it.”
With the win in the Silver Fleet, Bayview has earned an invitation of the 2018 Resolute Cup. Given the positive reviews from competitors at this year’s event, that guaranteed berth could be quite valuable. More than 40 clubs applied to be a part of this year’s event and that number could well rise in two years.
Corinthian Spirit Award Winner to Put Bike Toward Youth Team in 2018
While the results had been finalized long before the awards ceremony, there was one surprise remaining. The Corinthian Spirit award was voted on by the competitors and the result was not revealed until late in the award ceremony. Porsche Cars North America contributed a Porsche RS Bike, with a retail value of $8,000, as part of the award. Each team received one vote and every competitor was eligible. The winner was Brandon Flack of the Wadawanuck Club (Stonington, Conn.) team. And he quickly proved his mettle by promising to donate the bike toward a youth team to compete in the regatta in 2018. Once a sportsman, always a sportsman. It certainly ended this regatta on a very promising note.
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New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, Newport, R.I.
Gold Fleet (Melges 20): 1. Southern Yacht Club, 13; 2. Balboa Yacht Club, 41; 3. Eastern Yacht Club, 43; 4. Storm Trysail Club, 44; 5. Shelter Island Yacht Club, 44; 6. New Bedford Yacht Club, 52; 7. St. Francis Yacht Club, 55; 8. Austin Yacht Club, 64; 9. New York Yacht Club, 66; 10. Sea Cliff Yacht Club, 71.
Silver Fleet (Sonar): 1. Bayview Yacht Club, 51; 2. Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, 52; 3. Beverly Yacht Club, 54; 4. Larchmont Yacht Club, 58; 5. The Cleveland Yachting Club, 64; 6. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 66; 7. Lake Geneva Yacht Club, 67; 8. Chicago Yacht Club, 75; 9. San Diego Yacht Club, 78; 10. Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, 85, 11. Carolina Yacht Club, 90; 12. Sandusky Yacht Club, 101; 13. American Yacht Club, 109; 14. Nantucket Yacht Club, 111; 15. Wadawanuck Yacht Club, 112; 16. Coral Reef Yacht Club, 114; 17. Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia, 123; 18. Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, 132.
American Yacht Club (Rye, N.Y.); Austin (Texas) Yacht Club; Balboa Yacht Club (Corona del Mar, Calif.); Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit); Beaufort (S.C.) Yacht and Sailing Club; Beverly Yacht Club (Marion, Mass.); Carolina Yacht Club (Charleston, S.C.); Chicago Yacht Club; The Cleveland Yachting Club (Rocky River, Ohio); Coral Reef Yacht Club (Miami); Corinthian Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia (Essington, Penn.); Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); Lake Geneva Yacht Club (Fontana, Wis.); Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Nantucket (Mass.) Yacht Club; New Bedford Yacht Club (South Dartmouth, Mass.); New York Yacht Club; Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.); San Diego Yacht Club; Sandusky (Ohio) Sailing Club; Sea Cliff (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.); Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans); St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco); Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.); Wadawanuck Club (Stonington, Conn.); Winnipesaukee Yacht Club (Gilford, N.H.)
The Resolute Cup is a biennial Corinthian competition among U.S. yacht clubs. The 2016 Resolute Cup will take place Sept. 12 to 17, out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport. R.I. The event is an evolution of the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, which was first held in 2010, and serves as a pathway for American yacht clubs seeking to compete in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing’s premiere international, Corinthian, one-design competition. Competitors in the 2016 Resolute Cup must be World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors and members of the club that they represent. The competition is held in supplied Melges 20 and Sonar keelboats, with standardized sails and rigging, ensuring a true one-design competition where the skill of the sailors—their tactics, boat speed and teamwork—determines the final outcome. Past winners of the Resolute Cup include Newport Harbor Yacht Club (2014), Larchmont Yacht Club (2012) and Eastern Yacht Club (2010). www.ResoluteCup.com
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|NEWPORT, R.I. (August 28, 2016) — Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club’s winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by 5 years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Which is not necessarily surprising since the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta, sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, has only been won by Noroton Yacht Club since it was first held in 2010.
“The pressure, at least for me, seems to increase every year,” said team captain Lee Morrison. “They always say that we have the bulls-eye on our back. Somehow we struggled through the series. When Newport Harbor [Yacht Club] beat New York [Yacht Club] today we felt a lot better, but bottom line it is a lot of pressure. We are glad it is behind us.”
Hosted at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, the Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is one of the most prestigious masters-level team racing events in the United States. The racing took place on Narragansett Bay in the New York Yacht Club’s fleet of 21 identical Sonar sailboats, which were designed by NYYC member Bruce Kirby, with each crewed by three or four sailors.
“I love sailing in the breeze that Newport gets, we had that breeze on Friday and it was beautiful,” said Morrison. “It was a little lighter yesterday, especially yesterday morning. Today was light but at Noroton we sail in light winds all the time so we feel comfortable in light air and I think that helps a lot.”
While Noroton Yacht Club may have felt comfortable in the conditions and was able to take the trophy again this year, that does not mean it was an easy feat. Going into the last day of sailing the top four teams were all within two points of each other.
“The competition was very intense,” said Morrison. “All of the top teams were really good. We would coach each other by saying that you cannot make mistakes. Against the top four teams you make one mistake and you lose. We did that against Texas [Corinthian Yacht Club] and we did that against New York [Yacht Club] and those were the races we lost.”
Masters-level team racing is a recent addition to sailing and the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race was one of the first events of its type in the country. Great success has followed the event and led to even tougher competition. This year the raising of age minimums mandated that skippers must be at least 60 years of age and shall not have skippered in either the 2016 Morgan Cup or 2016 Hinman Masters – though a grandfather clause is in effect for past skippers of the NYYC Grandmasters. Additionally each crew member must be at least 50 years of age. All facets of the event are targeted to offer continuing high level competition to the large number of experienced veteran team racers.
“We know that we team race well and so our plan is just to get a good start, which is always tough against these teams, but once we are on the legs we go fast and when we have to team race we do,” said Morrison. “I was joking with our teammates as we came in, we seem to have about eight tacticians, two coaches and a couple of helmsman who are average. So we are very lucky to have a very talented team.”
While no one was able to knock Noroton Yacht Club off their podium, talent was strong throughout the regatta. Scores were close the entire weekend with Newport Harbor Yacht Club able to secure second place, Southern Yacht Club in third and the New York Yacht Club Red Team taking fourth.
2016 NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Results
Noroton Yacht Club Team:Glenn Morrison (skipper), Scott Macleod, James Linville, Lee Morrison (skipper, team captain), Susan Morrison, Robert Monro, Paul Steinborn, Steve Shepstone (skipper), Tom Kinney, Brit Hall, Melissa Shepstone
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Photo credits: © NYYC/Makena Masterson
NEWPORT, R.I. (August 7, 2016) — For the second time in three years there is a first time champion of the Morgan Cup Team Race, a regatta that has taken place every August since 2003 at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court. This year San Diego Yacht Club joined what had been an exclusive trio of previous winners after a long weekend of races against nine other top clubs from England and across the United States, San Diego placed themselves at the top of the heap in one of the premiere keelboat team racing championships.
“We are psyched. We have only been here a few times and each time we have learned a lot,” says Nevin Snow, two-time college sailor of the year and skipper for San Diego Yacht Club. “We are totally ecstatic and feeling great.”
While only the fourth team to ever win the Morgan Cup, San Diego is the second Californian team to do so after Newport Harbour beat out New York Yacht Club in 2014. The next year New York Yacht Club came back strong to reclaim the title. These teams, along with Eastern Yacht Club, were again the top contenders for the trophy.
Great breeze over the three-day championship allowed for 99 races. After running the 10 competing teams through two full round robins, the decision was made to put the top four teams into a mini round robin. San Diego Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club were ahead and tied for first, and given their advantage over third, they were the only two clubs that had a shot at winning. Even so the margin between winning and losing individual races was very narrow the whole regatta.
“All the teams were really close, we lost a few of our races to Southern Yacht Club, who ended up being fifth place in the regatta, I do not know if that in itself is a testament to how deep the regatta is but all the teams were close,” says Snow. “The ICSA All-Stars ended up in last place, but our races with them, up until the last bit, were always tight, we could never take a breather because each race was pretty intense.”
That fast paced and close competition is characteristic of team racing. An exciting and spectator-friendly form of sailing, team racing matches are sailed in a three-on-three format in the Club’s fleet of 21 identical Sonar sailboats. The races are short, the action is intense and the final outcome is often decided just boatlengths from the finish line. Unlike in collegiate or scholastic matches, spinnakers are utilized for the Morgan Cup Team Race, which places a premium on sail handling and technique.
“The fleet race aspects of team racing [are our biggest strength], a lot of us come from a college sailing or a dingy sailing background, learning to take those skills and translate them to keelboat racing is difficult because they do not maneuver as quickly and the maneuvers are different,” says Snow. “So we were really just focused on going fast and being a team while racing towards the marks as opposed to racing against the other team.”
That winning strategy worked for the team as by the end of the day they were the ones holding the trophy above their heads. Descending champion New York Yacht Club came in second, with Eastern Yacht Club coming in third and Newport Harbor Yacht Club finishing fourth.
2016 NYYC Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup
1. San Diego (Calif.) YC (17 points); 2. New York (N.Y.) Yacht Club (16); 3. Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass. (12); 4. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, Calif. (10); 5. Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans (8); 6. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (8); 7. Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass. (8); 8. Bristol Outlaws (6); 9. Royal Thames Yacht Club, London, England, (6); Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-Stars (5).
Photo credits: © NYYC/Makena Masterson
NEWPORT, R.I. (April 28, 2016) — Scott Young has long enjoyed the plug-and-play simplicity of provided-boat regattas such as the 2016 Resolute Cup. And, apparently, the feeling is mutual. Young is a six-time winner of the Mallory Cup, one of US Sailing’s oldest championships, and another regatta where participants rotate through a fleet of supplied boats.
This summer Young (at right) and longtime friends Doug Kern and John Morran, all hailing from the Austin (Texas) Yacht Club, will set their sights on what has become the Corinthian championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, the Resolute Cup. From September 12 to 17, teams representing 30 clubs from every coast and corner of the United States will race Melges 20s and Sonars on Narragansett Bay. The top team will claim the 100-year-old silver trophy and a berth in the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, the premiere international Corinthian regatta. The regatta will be hosted out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I.
“We have a lot of races under our belt, but it’s more and more difficult, as kids gets older, to be able to sail as actively as we used to,” says Young, 56, a commercial real estate developer from Austin. “This event has a feel very similar to [the Mallory Cup], in that basically we can pack a bag and show up, and there’s a lot of appeal to that.”
While Young—a three-time All-America selection at the University of Texas—may not be sailing as much as he once was, he and his team will be one to watch. They won the Mallory Cup in 2006 and 2008. Young’s also had success in Newport. Were it not for a broken rudder in the final race, he and Morran would’ve likely won the 2010 J/80 World Championship, held both inside Narragansett Bay and on Rhode Island Sound.
A return to Newport during the magical month of September—“we have such great memories of racing up there,” he says—was another reason Young decided to rally his crew for this event. And then there’s the opportunity to toot the horn of the home club.
“The club feels it was a very prestigious invite,” says Young. “Our club isn’t a big, fancy yacht club, but we’ve had a lot of good sailors come through here. Doug was on the silver medal team in the Soling class in the 1992 Olympics. I think the AYC views this as an opportunity to show what kind of sailors we’re capable of fielding.”
National, even international, recognition isn’t a problem for the San Diego Yacht Club (at left). But the club, one of just six to win the America’s Cup and the home to numerous world champion sailors, will nonetheless be sending a formidable team led by Rick Merriman, a college All-America selection while attending the Naval Academy, an America’s Cup veteran, and a former member of the U.S. Sailing Team in the Star class.
“The Resolute Cup is attractive due to the large cross section of sailors racing,” says Merriman, a commercial pilot. “From top level intercollegiate to one-design to rating-based racing, every discipline is represented, as well as all the geographic areas of the United States.”
A broad diversity in the entry field, both in terms of the location and the size of the competing clubs, has been a hallmark of the Resolute Cup since the inaugural edition, then called the U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, in 2010.
“By expanding the field to 30 entries, we have been able to invite a full range of American sailing clubs,” says Patricia O’Donnell, the event chair. “We can’t wait to welcome back old friends from clubs such as Larchmont, Newport Harbor, Eastern and Carolina, which have raced in all three previous editions. We’re also excited to see first-time entries from lesser-known sailing hotbeds such as Austin, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, and Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva. We anticipate an extremely competitive regatta.”
The regatta is broken up into two parts. The 30 teams will be split into three divisions for two days of qualifying, sailing in both the Melges 20 and the Sonar fleets. The top 10 teams will qualify for the Championship Fleet, which will sail the final two days in the Melges 20s. The Silver Fleet will race the New York Yacht Club’s fleet of Sonars.
Live race tracking for the duration of the regatta and a live webcast of the event’s final two days will enable friends, family and fellow club members around the country to follow their team as compete for one of sailing’s most challenging Corinthian honors.
American Yacht Club (Rye, N.Y.); Austin (Texas) Yacht Club; Balboa Yacht Club (Corona del Mar, Calif.); Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit); Beaufort (S.C.) Yacht and Sailing Club; Beverly Yacht Club (Marion, Mass.); Carolina Yacht Club (Charleston, S.C.); Chicago Yacht Club; The Cleveland Yachting Club (Rocky River, Ohio); Coral Reef Yacht Club (Miami); Corinthian Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia (Essington, Penn.); Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); Lake Geneva Yacht Club (Fontana, Wis.); Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Long Beach (Calif.) Yacht Club; Nantucket (Mass.) Yacht Club; New Bedford Yacht Club (South Dartmouth, Mass.); New York Yacht Club; Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.); Riverside (Conn.) Yacht Club; San Diego Yacht Club; Sandusky (Ohio) Sailing Club; Sea Cliff (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.); Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans); St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco); Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.); Wadawanuck Club (Stonington, Conn.); Winnipesaukee Yacht Club (Gilford, N.H.)
Photo credits: Allen Clark/Photoboat.com (2), Courtesy of Scott Young, Courtesy of San Diego Yacht Club
The Resolute Cup (trophy at right) is a biennial Corinthian competition among U.S. yacht clubs. The 2016 Resolute Cup will take place Sept. 12 to 17, out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport. R.I. The event is an evolution of the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, which was first held in 2010 and served as a pathway for American yacht clubs seeking to compete in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing’s premiere international, Corinthian, one-design competition. Competitors in the 2016 Resolute Cup must be World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors and members of the club that they represent. The competition is held in supplied keelboats, with standardized rigging, ensuring a true one-design competition where the skill of the sailors—their tactics, boat speed and teamwork—determines the final outcome. Past winners of the U.S. Qualifying Series include Newport Harbor Yacht Club (2014), Larchmont Yacht Club (2012) and Eastern Yacht Club (2010). www.ResoluteCup.com
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