Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Polarised and non-polarised readers for sailors

New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup approaching

by Jan Harley on 21 Jun 2011
ANTIX(team Ireland) - New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup © Kurt Arrigo http://www.loropianasuperyachtregatta.com
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2011 presented by Rolex is set to start on September 10th with 16 nations from six different continents hitting the waves off Newport, R.I.

A large number of the twenty-two participating yacht clubs will journey great distances to compete in the event such as Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR), Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (BER) and Yacht Club Capri (ITA), however, some of the competitors may have an edge coming from their own island locales to New York Yacht Club’s home on Aquidneck Island.

Comparable to New York Yacht Club’s location in Newport, Itchenor Sailing Club’s (ISC) base in Chichester Harbor on the South coast of England is considered one of the country’s most popular sailing venues.

'Whilst we appear to be a small sailing club up an estuary, the club has produced a number of Olympic and America’s Cup sailors as well as national and class champions,' said Barry Sampson (Bosham, West Sussex), who will be at the helm of the team representing ISC. Founded in 1927, ISC is well-known for having the largest (100+ boats) and most active fleet of Mirror class dinghies in England, and possibly the world.

ISC may indeed have an ace in the hole with Sampson, who has not only owned a Swan 42 since 2008 but also twice competed in Newport at the Swan Nationals (’08, ’09) and who last year campaigned Long Echo in Europe and the Caribbean where he won the 2010 Swan Caribbean Challenge.

Gearing up to represent ISC for the first time in the Invitational Cup, Long Echo will return to Newport to sail the Swan 42 Nationals (July 14-17) with two crew having been together at almost every event Long Echo has raced plus three others who have been aboard for at least two regattas.

'I have sailed the 42 both in Narragansett Bay and outside [on Rhode Island Sound],' said Sampson. 'Certainly outside the conditions are much as we would find in the Solent and Hayling Bay where one is very conscious of the tide and currents. As ever, we are all greatly looking forward to sailing in those waters.'

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) also will tap into a reserve of local knowledge as well as experience in the 42 when they compete in the Invitational Cup for the second time (having placed sixth overall in 2009) with Mark Watson at the helm. Watson, owner of the Swan 42 Tiburon, has seen success sailing in Newport – winning the Swan 42 National Championship in 2008. And like ISC, his RBYC team will also return to compete at the nationals in Newport as part of their preparation for the Invitational Cup.

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC), which shares the same birth year as NYYC (1844), was established largely by officers of the British Army stationed in Bermuda. The island itself was discovered in 1505 by navigator Juan de Bermúdez who claimed it for the Spanish Empire about 20 years before Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano was in Narragansett Bay, and, since 1936, the two islands have been inextricably linked in sailing history through the biennial 635-mile Newport Bermuda Race.

Like Newport, the Yacht Club Capri’s home is on the island of Capri became a popular resort in the second half of the 19th century. And although the Yacht Club Capri is one of the youngest clubs entered in the Invitational Cup, having been established in 1999 with the intent of promoting and furthering nautical and sailing sporting activities on the island, the island itself has been inhabited since the days of the Ancient Greeks.

'For the preparation of the Newport race we're considering doing some training in Tuscany where we can rent a Swan 42,' said Conny Vuotto (Capri), skipper of the YCC team, acknowledging that only navigator Giuseppe Montella has experience in the class (from racing the class’s Mediterranean circuit aboard Cuordileone). Vuotto also concedes a lack of experience with current, which is a key factor when sailing in Newport. 'In Italy the current is not very strong.

There is no long wave – only if it is bad weather. We generally race in the Mediterranean so we just don’t know well the characteristics of the ocean. In the Mediterranean, the main feature, especially in the summer, is the thermal wind with a maximum of 15 knots and calm seas.'

The recurring theme among competitors – who must be non-professional (Corinthian) sailors – was summed up by Vuotto: 'It's a great honor for us to have been invited to the Invitational Cup, and we hope to have a wonderful experience and to make a good race.'

New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup website
Zhik Dinghy 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

LMAX Exchange wins the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, was confirmed last night as winner of the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted today at 9:03 am
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Images of supermaxi Scallywag
Sydney photographer Michael Chittenden filed this gallery of images from the start. The supermaxi Scallywag made her ocean racing debut in the CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race which got underway on Sydney harbour on Saturday afternoon. After a tight start the David Witt skippered supermaxi settled into her work and began the chase with her long standing rival, Wild Oats XI.
Posted today at 7:19 am
Edgartown Race Week - Final
It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. The racing started at 11:00. It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. By 11:00, it became a blustery and rainy day. The racing started at 11:00 and I haven’t sailed in that much rain in a while.
Posted today at 6:20 am
Nic Douglass - On the dock and on board with the 'fat bottomed girl'
Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission Adventures of a Sailor Girl, Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission and had chopped 27.5hrs off the trans-Atlantic Race Record for a manually powered monohull. The last time I was waiting for Comanche to arrive after achieving a goal that they had set out to achieve was a very different scene
Posted today at 5:25 am
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Replay coverage of the start
Replay coverage of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race start Replay coverage of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race start. The fleet got away to a clean start this afternoon in Sydney. The supermaxi, Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) led the 177 strong fleet through Sydney Heads, with ScallywagHK, the former Ragamuffin 100 in second place. Commentary bought to you by Bob Killick and Warwick Rooklyn.
Posted today at 4:33 am
SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi apply the pressure in Hamburg
Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act. 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ - A sunny day on the River Elbe coupled with a lively breeze saw SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi challenge Oman Air for honours on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Hamburg, but it’s Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act.
Posted today at 2:55 am
Comanche sets new trans-Atlantic Record - Video of the Finish
High definition video of Comanche crossing the virtual finish line off the Lizard to set a new monohull trans-Atlantic r High definition video of Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s supermaxi, Comanche setting a new, provisional world record for crossing the Atlantic for a monohull, in a manually powered sailing vessel of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds. The video was recorded on and off the boat as she crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, southern England.
Posted today at 1:06 am
Close fight around Wight on Day 6 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
20-25 knot winds and glorious sunshine made for one of the most memorable races around the Isle of Wight on record With a win for Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine (despite destroying a kite), and a second for Daniel Andrieu's Sun Fast 3200, Cifraline 4, France Blue have leapt ahead in the overall results, now holding a 35.5 lead margin over the second placed Flanders North Sea Team.
Posted on 29 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Azzurra concludes with a win
Azzurra closes PPSW, the third event in the series with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come Azzurra closes the PPSW in Mallorca, the third event in the series, with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come. Quantum is the Series’ current leader, followed by Azzurra.
Posted on 29 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing takes the prize
Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma, winning 2016 Puerto Portals Sailing Week, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec completed a notable comeback after a disappointing ninth at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche
Posted on 29 Jul