Please select your home edition
Edition
Insun - AC Program

U.S. Qualifying Series Regatta - Diverse fleet prepares for action

by Stuart Streuli on 11 Mar 2014
For the second time, the finals for the U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will be sailed in equalized J/70s. Billy Black http://www.BillyBlack.com
For 24 yacht clubs from around the country, the first hurdle to winning the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex has been crossed. The New York Yacht Club is pleased to announce the clubs that have been invited to compete in the third U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup (USQS).

The regatta will be hosted by the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court in Newport, R.I., Sept. 2 to 6. The top three finishers will earn a berth in the 2015 NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, yachting's preeminent one-design, Corinthian keelboat competition, alongside the host New York Yacht Club and a prestigious collection of top international clubs.

Among the invitees to the 2014 USQS are Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club, the San Francisco Yacht Club, and Seattle Yacht Club. All three sailed in the 2013 Invitational Cup, finishing second, 13th, and seventh, respectively, and are eagerly looking toward another opportunity to compete for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. 'The entire club had a great time with the whole process and is looking forward to another campaign,' said Andrew Loe, who skippered the Seattle Yacht Club entry last September.

However, the USQS is much more than a stepping stone. With clubs from around the country sending their best amateur talent to compete on Narragansett Bay, the USQS is as close to a national club championship as exists in the United States. The regatta will be sailed in J/70s and Sonars. As with the Invitational Cup, the boats for the USQS will be equalized with identical rig tuning and sails. The teams that succeed in the event do so because they have better teamwork and boat speed, and make better tactical decisions.

'It’s shaping up to be a great contest,' says USQS event chair Harry Dunning. 'We’ve worked hard to maintain geographic diversity and to involve clubs that haven’t previously done the regatta. With two very different platforms, it'll be a great test of keelboat sailing skill. The best all-around team should win, as opposed to the team with the most experience in a specific boat.'

Loe led his Seattle Yacht Club team to second in the 2012 USQS. 'The keys to success will be the same as they have always been: minimizing mistakes and being fast,' said Loe [far right, with the SYC team from the 2012 USQS and, at left, past NYYC Commodore Robert Towse]. 'The fleet is very strong and a simple error can cost you a huge percentage of the fleet very quickly.'

This year's field includes nine clubs that will be competing in the regatta for the first time. Among those clubs is Beverly Yacht Club, from Marion, Mass. Founded in 1872, Beverly YC is one of the oldest clubs in the United States.

'The Beverly Yacht Club is truly a sailor's club, and since the first Invitational Cup, we have admired the regatta, the purity of the competition and the caliber and character of the sailors,' said BYC Rear Commodore Jack Gierhart. 'As a small club with a history of our members competing at top regattas, we are honored to be invited to the Qualifying Series, and excited about the opportunity to line up against the top sailors in this country for one of the coveted spots in the 2015 Invitational Cup.'

As was the case for the two previous editions of the USQS, the 24 invited teams will be split into two fleets. Each fleet will race in both the J/70s and Sonars during the preliminary round, with the top six teams in each grouping advancing to the Gold Fleet finals, which will be sailed in the J/70s.

Invited Clubs for the 2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for
the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup

 

YACHT CLUB NAME:

State:

American Yacht Club

NY

Balboa Yacht Club *

CA

Bayview Yacht Club

MI

Beverly Yacht Club *

MA

California Yacht Club

CA

Carolina Yacht Club

SC

Chicago Yacht Club *

IL

Coral Reef Yacht Club *

FL

Eastern Yacht Club

MA

Fishing Bay Yacht Club

VA

Harbor Island Yacht Club *

TN

Indian Harbor Yacht Club

CT

Larchmont Yacht Club

NY

Little Traverse Yacht Club

MI

Nantucket Yacht Club

MA

New Bedford Yacht Club *

MA

Newport Harbor Yacht Club

CA

Rush Creek Yacht Club *

TX

The San Francisco Yacht Club

CA

Seattle Yacht Club

WA

Shelter Island Yacht Club *

NY

South Carolina Yacht Club *

SC

Southern Yacht Club

LA

Texas Corinthian Yacht Club

TX

* first-time USQS competitor


http://nyyc.org/" target="_blank">NYYC website
KZRaceFurlersInsun - AC ProgramWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Long Beach Race Week kicks off with a blast
Southwesterly winds of 12 knots built to 20, at several marks on three courses, which hosted 120 boats in 15 classes. The new Pac52 designs proved a thrill in the fresh conditions, but didn’t have a corner on the excitement; with tight racing among the 30-year-old Schock 35 fleet, vying for their Pacific Coast Championship title. Robert Marcus’ Schock sat at the top of the leaderboard in that eight-boat division.
Posted today at 6:33 pm
Finns set for match race duel in Kiel Week Medal Races
After winning the final race on afternoon, Salminen sits at the top of the leaderboard on equal points with his rival. The Medal Races on Sunday are set to take place in strong westerly winds, so those who enjoyed today will be looking forward to similar conditions to decide the medals in the Olympic classes.
Posted today at 6:26 pm
Quantum gets nearer to victory at Audi Sailing Week 52 Super Series
The four days of racing so far have been suspenseful and have seen several TP52 teams alternate in the leading positions After today's racing the provisional results see Quantum Racing in first place followed by a new entry: Provezza IX in second place and Rán Racing in third.
Posted today at 6:21 pm
52 Super Series – Audi Sailing Week – Closing the deal
Provezza go into Sunday’s final two scheduled windward-leeward races poised only two points behind the Quantum Racing Ergin Imre’s Provezza won a 30 nautical mile coastal race today to promote the Turkish flagged team to second place on the overall standings and give them a fighting chance of winning their first regatta in four years of participation
Posted today at 5:29 pm
Para World Sailing Championships going down to the wire
Three races across all three Para World Sailing disciplines were conducted and the leaderboards going into Sunday In amongst Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) sailing festival, the sailors racing across the 2.4 Norlin OD, Men’s Hansa 303 and Women’s Hansa 303, all One Person Keelboats, were tested by a south westerly 13-16 knot breeze, somewhat less than the 20+ knots that pushed them to survival mode the day prior.
Posted today at 4:07 pm
Audi Sailing Week - TP52 Super Series – Day 4 images by Max Ranchi
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from coastal race six Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from coastal race six
Posted today at 3:42 pm
BIRW - Day 5 - All good things must come to an end
Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his team. Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on the dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his jubilant team. Lewis and his crew on Kenai had just pulled off a stunning comeback and somewhat surprising upset, doing so in dramatic fashion.
Posted today at 7:30 am
52 Super Series - Audi Sailing Week - Quantum Racing captures the lead
Quantum racing is currently in the lead of the provisional results at the Audi Sailing Week - 52 Super Series Quantum racing is currently in the lead of the provisional results at the Audi Sailing Week - 52 Super Series followed by Rán Racing and Gladiator, tied for points but in second and third places respectively.
Posted today at 5:33 am
Block Island Race Week - Day 4 - Fun in the sun
There’s a reason why Challenge IV has captured J/44 class in six straight editions of Block Island Race Week. There’s a reason why Challenge IV has captured J/44 class in six straight editions of Block Island Race Week. It’s because skipper Jeffrey Willis and crew know how to put the hammer down when it matters.
Posted today at 5:21 am
Racing is underway at C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta
Twenty one boats registered for C. Thomas Clagett Regatta greeted with an established Southerly breeze in Newport today The twenty one boats registered for the 15th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta were greeted with an established Southerly breeze in Newport today. The race committee held a morning briefing and sent the fleet out to the race course which was set between Rose and Goat Island.
Posted today at 4:05 am