Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club

by New York Yacht Club on 25 Aug 2014
Noroton Yacht Club (yellow sails) on the starting line en route to one of its 14 wins against zero losses in the 2014 New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race Regatta. Stu Saffer/New York Yacht Club
A dying breeze cut short the second and final day of racing in the 2014 New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race, but not even some capricious wind could stop Noroton Yacht Club from steamrolling to its fourth consecutive time.

The NYYC Grandmasters Regatta has been held four times since 2010 (the event wasn't sailed in 2011 due to Hurricane Irene) and the team from Noroton YC, in Darien, Conn., has won it each time. This year it wasn't even close. After a double round robin, where each team raced every other team twice, Noroton stood atop the overall standings with a 14-0 record.

A round robin among the top four teams was planned to finish off the day, but with no team within three points of Noroton, it could only have impacted the minor placings. When the northeasterly breeze that had fueled the racing for the better part of two days died out, the race committee decided to send the teams in. New York Yacht Club finished in second place with 10 points, with Southern Yacht Club following in third and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in fourth.

'I thought we had a real good chance of winning the regatta,' said Noroton Team Captain Steve Shepstone, 'I didn't think we would win all the races, that was a surprise. A lot of the races were close. We thought New York Yacht Club had won the first race against us [on Saturday], so we were really surprised this morning to look at the scores and see that we beat them. One of our boats headed up and shot the line and beat them by a couple inches.'


When asked what contributed to Noroton's success Shepstone responded: 'We just practice. You get into situations a couple times and you realize what doesn't work. We made mistakes; I made two mistakes in the last race. Did a couple things right too, and guys on the other team made a mistake which made up for my mistake in one case. In the other case my teammates helped me out. So we ended up working back up to the fleet and were in the front in the end.'

The Grandmasters regatta is a relatively new addition to the team racing scene, but one that is gaining in popularity. 'All of the team racing events have gotten harder every year,' said Shepstone, 'so we've practiced a lot and tried to raise our game so we can stay in front.'

Noroton Yacht Club: Steve Shepstone (captain-skipper), Tom Kinney, Kevin Sheehan, Melissa Shepstone, Lee Morrison (skipper), Karl Ziegler, Warren Costikyan, Susan Morrison, Peter Wilson (skipper), Britt Hall, Carolyn Wilson, Jim Linville.

Standings

STANDINGS

 

RR1

 

RR2

 

Total

 

Place

 

Noroton

 

7

 

7

 

14

 

1

 

New York

 

4

 

6

 

10

 

2

 

Southern

 

5

 

4

 

9

 

3

 

Texas Corinthian

 

5

 

4

 

9

 

4

 

St. Francis

 

3

 

3

 

6

 

5

 

Ida Lewis/STC

 

2

 

3

 

5

 

6

 

American

 

2

 

0

 

2

 

7

 

St. Petersburg

 

0

 

1

 

1

 

8

 



Event website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik Yachting 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Capsize on the Harbour - including Beth Morley images
In race three of Act 8 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Sydney, Land Rover BAR Academy and Visit Madeira capsized In race three of the first day of Act 8 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Sydney, Land Rover BAR Academy and Visit Madeira capsized at around 1500 local time. At the time of the capsizes the wind was around 22 knots. The Extreme Sailing Series' safety protocol was immediately initiated and the event's Safety Team was immediately on site to provide assistance, as were the teams' support boats.
Posted today at 11:07 am
SWC Final – Nacra sailors react to Olympic foiling announcement
Last month the World Sailing Council met in Barcelona, Spain, and confirmed the Nacra 17 will convert to foiling Last month the World Sailing Council met in Barcelona, Spain, and confirmed the Nacra 17 will convert to foiling for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the only foiling class among the 10 Olympic sailing classes.
Posted today at 10:48 am
Sailing World Cup Melbourne pays tribute to Paul Elvstrom
Sixty years ago, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron welcomed legendary Paul Elvstrom for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Sixty years ago, the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron welcomed the legendary Paul Elvstrom for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. At the time the Danish sailor was carving a legacy that included four consecutive Olympic gold medals, numerous world championships and sporting innovations that are now the norm within the sport.
Posted today at 7:22 am
Super Maxi CQS action shots by Big Boat Racing - White Island Race
Big Boat Racing provided this gallery of images from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club Round White Island Race. Big Boat Racing provided this gallery of images from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club Round White Island Race.
Posted today at 5:56 am
2017 Pensacola a La Habana Race NOR revised
A revised Notice of Race (Version 2.0, 1 December, 2016) for the 2017 Pensacola a La Habana Race is now posted A revised Notice of Race (Version 2.0, 1 December, 2016) for the 2017 Pensacola a La Habana Race is now posted on www.pensacolahavanarace.com, on www.pensacolayachtclub.org and on the registration site of Yacht Scoring. Important changes have been made to the safety requirements and recommendations for the 511-mile race starting April 30 from Pensacola, Florida.
Posted today at 3:54 am
Vendee Globe - Spirit of Yukoh safely in Cape Town
Kojiro Shiraishi who had to abandon Vendee Globe when top part of his mast broke off has safely arrived in Cape Town. Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi who had to abandon the Vendee Globe when the top part of his mast broke off has safely arrived in Cape Town. Shiraishi arrived at 1055 UTC.
Posted today at 1:14 am
Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop to assess climate-related risks to the Great Barrier Reef over the coming months. Current predictions by the Bureau of Meteorology and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are for a summer of average sea temperatures across the Great Barrier Reef.
Posted on 7 Dec
The Great Dane dies at 88 + Video
One of the heroes of sailing, Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) has died at the age of 88 years. One of the heroes of sailing, Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) has died at the age of 88 years. Known as the Great Dane, and winner of four Olympic Gold Medals, and many world championships in multiple classes from dinghies to keelboats, Elvstrøm put a footprint on the sport like no other.
Posted on 7 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Leopard tracks its prey
Leopard 3 were enjoying a brunch at the aptly named Victory Bar and Restaurant, Port Louis Marina. Leopard 3 were enjoying a brunch at the aptly named Victory Bar and Restaurant, Port Louis Marina. The conversation was very much towards the competition for the overall win on corrected time.
Posted on 7 Dec
Vendee Globe - Kito de Pavant now aboard the Marion Dufresne
Kito de Pavant was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 0100hrs TU Wednesday morning Kito de Pavant, the 55 years old French skipper of Bastide-Otio, who suffered damage to his keel when racing in the remote South Indian Ocean while racing in the Vendee Globe solo round the world race, was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 0100hrs TU Wednesday morning
Posted on 7 Dec