At the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, the second day of racing got off to a slow start when the wind took longer than expected to arrive on the course the Race Committee had chosen north of the Pell Bridge in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
Larchmont YC (USA), overall leader after Day 2
Once the southwesterly breeze filled in, three races were run in upwards of 10 knots, with gusts to 15, giving the 20 international yacht club teams an excellent workout.
Larchmont YC (USA) leading the fleet with the Newport Pell Bridge in the background
'What I’ve seen on the race course up to now is that all of these teams have gotten better,' said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport and the 2002 J/24 World Champion who is providing race commentary along with NYYC’s Sailing Director and America’s Cup umpire Brad Dellenbaugh. 'The teams that have been here for three renditions now are consistently quicker than they were the first year and their boat handling is so much better. I’ve also seen you can take a bunch of dinghy sailors and turn them into Swan 42 sailors and that’s what Larchmont Yacht Club has done.'
Larchmont YC (USA) Day 2
Larchmont Yacht Club sailed all three races carrying the Rolex gold spinnaker that identifies them as the standings leader. After finishes of 2-16-3 today, they maintain that lead spot with 25 points. Following in second with 31.3 points is Ireland’s Royal Cork Yacht Club after finishing 7-6-5 today. The defending champions, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, moved up to third overall after their ninth-place finish in today’s first race was followed by wins in the subsequent two races. With 32 points, they are barely out of second and certainly within striking distance of the top spot.
The team representing Japan Sailing Federation is fourth overall, followed by New York Yacht Club and Australia’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, each with 36 points in the overall scoring.
Fleet start on Day 2
Racing resumes Thursday, September 12, with the first race of the day scheduled for 1100 EST when the course location, on Narragansett Bay or Rhode Island Sound, will be determined by the Race Committee based on the day’s conditions. The five-day regatta continues through Saturday, September 14, 2013, when the champions will be determined at the conclusion of racing.
Further information on the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex and daily reports during the event may be found at Event Website