Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

NYYC Invitational Cup - Royal Canadian YC succeeds in defending title

by info@regattanews.com on 15 Sep 2013
The crew of the Royal Canadian YC (CAN) celebrating their title © Rolex/Daniel Forster http://www.regattanews.com
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club team from Toronto has won the 2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, successfully defending the title they first won in 2011 at the second edition of this biennial Corinthian event.

The fifth and final day of racing was notable for a prolonged delay to the start of racing when breeze from a steady direction failed to materialize. Racing got underway, in about seven knots of wind out on Rhode Island Sound, but before long the 20 yacht club teams were dealing with a dying breeze. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, which had the lead off the starting line and sustained that position up the second leg of the course to round the mark first with a large lead, carried with them virtually the last of the breeze. After rounding and slowly moving off upwind, they appeared to be going backwards. A number of other teams were able to round the mark, but, it quickly became clear that not only were the remainder of the fleet struggling to reach the mark there also would be no possibility that the race could be completed within the time limit allowed. The abandonment of racing meant the results from the previous day would stand.

'We had a 200 metre lead,' said Nick Burns, skipper for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. 'If we had actually finished it would have been marvelous, but this is sailing. It was the right thing to do [abandoning the race]; we had the last of the breeze and we never would have got to the top mark. It was sheer luck. The wind lasted for us a tiny bit longer than for anybody else.'

Burns has competed in all three editions of the Invitational Cup with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club finishing 11th in 2009, and ninth in 2011, and he feels that the standard of competition this year is twice as high as two years ago and that probably the same will be true again in 2015.

'Every time I come here I think it’s the most fantastic event and I’ve already put the towel down to see if we can come for the next one,' Burns added. 'There is nothing similar which has this very close class racing of identical boats which is absolutely fabulous because nobody can blame anything except themselves. It’s definitely the best of that type of event. Everybody comes as a Corinthian. There are no professionals allowed which, to me, is a great advantage because then there are no personal egos involved. Everyone comes here to have a friendly competition. It’s pretty tough competition, but still quite friendly. I think it’s the whole spirit of the NYYC.'


The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) team had moved into the lead on the penultimate day of racing, displacing the American team from Larchmont Yacht Club who had held the overall lead for the first three days of the five-day event. It was do-or-die on the final day for the American’s as, based on points, they needed to finish with seven boats ahead of the Canadians in order to win the regatta. The Canadians took the title with 45 points, followed by Larchmont with 51.1.

'The competition at this regatta is getting better and better every year. Anyone who is here for the first time has learned a lot and wants to come back,' said McLaughlin at the awards ceremony emphasizing his belief that the competition will be that much tougher in 2015. 'On and off the water, no one does it like the New York Yacht Club,' he added.


Finishing third overall was the British team from Royal Thames Yacht Club. It was their second time competing in the Invitational Cup, having placed 13th in the inaugural edition in 2009. Finishing third overall, on 63.3 points, earned them the Resolute Trophy as the top non-North American finisher.


Each of the 20 participating yacht club teams – representing 13 nations – was recognized during the Parade of Nations which preceded racing today. The teams, dressed in team gear, received a cannon salute from Newport and Ida Lewis Yacht Clubs as they circled Newport Harbor before passing the NYYC dock which was crowded with spectators. Each team received another cannon salute from the host club before proceeding to the race course. The conclusion of racing was followed by the awards ceremony where Royal Canadian Yacht Club was presented with a Rolex timepiece in recognition of their win of 2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.

New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex 2013
Final Standings Through 10 Races
Position, Team, Country, Points Total


1. Royal Canadian YC, CAN, 14-7-9-1-1-1-1-1-3-7, 45
2. Larchmont YC, USA, 2-2-2-16-3-4-5.1-2-1-14, 51.1
3. Royal Thames YC, GBR, 3-6.3-16-2-11-24-6-5-8, 63.3
4. Royal Cork YC, IRL, 7-7.8-7-6-5-10-8-11-10-6, 77.8
5. Royal Southern YC, GBR, 5-17-5-14-6-10-13-10-9-2, 91
6. Japan Sailing Federation, JPN, 4-1-10-10-10-7-11-16-8-15, 92
7. Seattle YC, USA, 9.2-12-14-7-2-3-2-12-19-12, 92.2
8. YC Argentino, ARG, 18-16-13-4-19-13-7-3-2-1, 96
9. New York YC, USA, 8-13-6-5-4-18-17-8-7-11, 97
10. Cruising YC of Australia, AUS, 15-9-12-15-8-5-5-9-18-5, 101
11. Royal Prince Alfred YC, AUS, 1-5-1-11-18-21-6-7-15-19, 104
12. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR, 9-6-5-13-20-8-12-5-12-17, 107
13. The San Francisco YC, USA, 12-11-4-3-15-21-14-13-4-13, 110
14. Yacht Club Italiano, ITA, 10-19-9-18-7-9-21-4-13-3, 113
15. Royal Hong Kong YC, HKG, 13-3-17-8-20-14-3-17-6-16, 117
16. Royal Freshwater Bay YC, AUS, 6-5-19-12-9-16-16-19-11-10, 123
17. Royal Belgian YC, BEL, 11-8-11-9-17-11-15-18-16-18, 134
18. Nylandska Jaktklubben, FIN, 16-13.9-18-19-17-6-9-14-17-9, 138.9
19. RCN de Barcelona, ESP, 17-18-15-17-12-17-10-15-20-20, 161
20. Royal Swedish YC, SWE, 21-16-20-21-14-12-21-20-14-4, 163

Further information on the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex and daily reports during the event may be found at www.nyyc.org!Event_website

Mackay BoatsZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

FAST40+ Spring Regatta - Preview
The second event in a busy FAST40+ season will be the FAST40+ Spring Regatta, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The second event in a busy FAST40+ season will be the FAST40+ Spring Regatta, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. FAST40+ Race Director, Stuart Childerley, sets the scene for the event.
Posted today at 8:38 am
Meet the Clipper 2017-18 Race crew Zuzana Vybiralova
A first for Clipper Race, Zuzana Vybiralova will make history this year as first Czech Republican to take part in race A first for the Clipper Race, crew member Zuzana Vybiralova will make history this year as the first Czech Republican to take part in the race in eleven editions.
Posted today at 8:01 am
Melges 24 European Sailing Series - And the winners are…
Maximum number of races sailed in almost perfect conditions was a result of three-day Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta Maximum number of races sailed in almost perfect conditions was a result of three-day Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta - the season opener both for the 2017 Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Melges 24 Italian Sailing Series. Andrea Racchelli and his team on Altea ITA722, the winner of the 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, were showing their superiority since the beginning of the regatta
Posted today at 5:43 am
Champions crowned after tricky finale at Sperry Charleston Race Week
Charleston is known for its reliable spring seabreeze, but the Holy City’s coast outdid itself this year Charleston is known for its reliable spring seabreeze, but the Holy City’s coast outdid itself this year during the 22nd edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week. It wasn’t just the three race days either; from the first team’s arrival for practice more than a week earlier until the lengthy awards ceremony on Sunday night, reliable southerly winds buffeted the region, ensuring maximum racing
Posted today at 4:27 am
She’s still here with us, and now we can be there for her
Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the most paramount is her effervescence. Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the most paramount is her effervescence. Yet it is what lies behind that which could be her most incredible characteristic. Sometimes you can almost overlook her steely determination, but not for long when you start talking with her. Catching up with her live from Cape Town surely was a vivid reminder of not only what this sailor can accomplish...
Posted today at 1:08 am
Wild Day 2 at Sperry Charleston Race Week
For a second day, Charleston Harbor and open ocean just offshore provided near-perfect conditions for over 200 teams For a second straight day, Charleston Harbor and the open ocean just offshore provided near-perfect conditions for over 200 competing teams at Sperry Charleston Race Week 2017. Boats across all six courses faced brisk southerly winds of 15-20 knots, while the offshore boats saw five-foot waves and big gusts on the second day of the biggest multiclass keelboat regatta in the Americas.
Posted on 23 Apr
The Vendée Globe skippers hosted at the Elysée Palace
The Elysée Palace yesterday hosted a grand ceremony where the Head of State honoured the heroes of offshore racing. The Elysée Palace yesterday hosted a grand ceremony where the Head of State honoured the heroes of offshore racing. Twenty-three of the twenty-nine Vendée Globe skippers attended the event, gathering around winner Armel Le Cléac’h, appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour.
Posted on 22 Apr
Boat International partners with NZ Millennium Cup 2018
Boat International partners with NZ Millennium Cup 2018 to celebrate superyacht regatta’s tenth anniversary Boat International Media, the global authority on superyachts and the luxury lifestyle that goes with them, has today announced that it will be partnering with the NZ Millennium Cup superyacht regatta, to be held in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands in January 2018.
Posted on 22 Apr
48th anniversary of Sir Robin’s Golden Globe victory
Robin Knox-Johnston set off for Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, striving to be the first person to sail single handed In 1968, when 29 year-old Robin Knox-Johnston set off for the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, striving to be the first person to sail single handed, nonstop around the world was not the only challenge he had to overcome.
Posted on 22 Apr
Golden Globe Race Plymouth start confirmed
The 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from Plymouth on Saturday June 30, 2018. The 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from Plymouth on Saturday June 30, 2018. The Race marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world Race back in 1968/9.
Posted on 22 Apr