2011 NYYC Invitational Cup

I’ve just finished sailing in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.  I was lucky enough to be able to act as Gibb Kane’s owners representative onboard his Swan 42 Mutiny which was sailed by a Team from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

Team Hong Kong started out strong and finished the first day of the regatta in 2nd place. We spent many races sailing at the front of the fleet, but unfortunately there were a few where we didn’t fare quite so well.  In the end, it was a fantastic week of sailing and socializing and we ended up 9th out of 22 teams.

To both Gibb Kane and the team from the RHKYC, thank  you for the opportunity.  I enjoyed the week and the opportunity to meet and sail with a new group of people.

Some pictures of the event and our team follow below….

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“The essence of the regatta is to bring together Corinthian (amateur) yacht club teams in a competition that not only is tough and demanding but also levels the playing field.” said NYYC Commodore David K. Elwell Jr., explaining that the five-day regatta is sailed in chartered NYYC Swan 42s. Sails are supplied and rigs are equally tuned, allowing each club to demonstrate the skills of its top sailors.

The regatta included 22 yacht club teams representing 16 nations from six different continents.
Competitors must be non-professional (Corinthian) sailors and members of the yacht clubs they represent; they must also be nationals of their countries.  Participating Clubs included;

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EVENTS WHERE AMATEURS ARE RECOGNIZED
(September 12, 2011) – The grounds of New York Yacht Club’s renowned Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island, were filled with sailors from around the world, who are set to begin racing tomorrow (Tuesday) in the second biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.
The 22 teams, representing yacht clubs from 16 nations and six continents, have traveled far and wide to get to Newport. The teams, especially those less familiar with the Swan 42 class, enjoyed several perfect practice days with today’s 12-14 knot southwesterly breeze, under sunshine and brilliant blue skies, appreciated by all competitors, especially those from some more sunshine-challenged locales
The Swan 42s, an ultra competitive one-design class, were conceived by the NYYC as the yacht club’s ninth one-design class since its’ founding in 1844. The New York Yacht Club Race Committee, led by John “Tinker” Myles, Jr. ran several practice starts today for the fleet.
Racing will run from Tuesday, 13 September through Saturday, 17 September.
A total of eleven (windward-leeward) races are planned, with no throw-outs.
Racing will take place off Newport, R.I. on Rhode Island Sound or in Narragansett Bay.
One of the first teams to arrive in Newport was Clube Naval de Cascais from Portugal, with skipper Patrick Moteiro de Barros. The team has been on-site for over a week practicing on their chartered Swan 42 Orbit, and making the most of coach Bill Shore’s expertise and local knowledge. de Barros commented, “The goal is to do the best we can, and we’re here to win. We may not win, but that’s the motivation.”
To that end de Barros, who is a four-time Olympian, has assembled a crew that at its’ core are very competitive Dragon sailors. Included in this mix is tactician Henrique Anjos, a three-time Portuguese national champion in the class. With no Swan 42s available locally, the team came up with a clever alternative last spring, chartering a Dufour 40, and adding a bowsprit to it so they could fly an asymetrical spinnaker.
De Barros is no stranger to Newport, having sailed here in the 1980s when he was the helmsman on Magic, the trial horse for Dennis Conner’s Freedom.
The team had hoped to participate two years ago, but couldn’t come, and the appeal of the event is clear to de Barros who added, “The Invitational Cup is totally Corinthian, and I think it’s important to have events where the amateurs are recognized. This is one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, and I think events like this should carry on.” — Read on:

Invitational Cup – Team Hong Kong

New York Yacht Club’s second biannual Invitational Cup is kicking in to gear.
This event includes 22 non professional teams representing their yacht clubs from around the world, and is sailed in evenly matched ,))9 Swan 42’s.
I will be acting as the owners rep. on Gibb Kane’s “Mutiny” and will be sailing with the team from Hong Kong.
Met most of them last night. They seem like a good bunch and I am looking forward to an enjoyable week + of great sailing.
Updates to follow….
Jim
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