Multi-National Sailing Event Returning to Newport
February 24, 2011
The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Invitational Cup presented by Rolex will host 19 yacht club teams representing 13 nations from 6 different continents in Newport, Rhode Island, this September 10 through the 17. Participants include teams from South Africa, Portugal, Japan, England, Canada, Bermuda, Finland, Argentina, the U.S. and other countries. Competitors must be non-professional (Corinthian) sailors and members of the yacht clubs they represent; they must also be nationals of their countries.
The top 5 finishers from the 2009 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup received automatic berths for the 2011 event, and all have accepted. These are (in order of finish) the New York Yacht Club (USA); Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN); Japan Sailing Federation (JPN); Nyländska Jaktklubben (FIN) and Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL). Also returning from 2009 are the Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR); Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (BER); Yacht Club Italiano (ITA) and Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (ESP).
Rounding out the fleet will be 3 additional U.S. teams that were determined by the outcome of a 24-club U.S. Qualifying Series held at the NYYC in September 2010: Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); Annapolis Yacht Club (Annapolis, Md.) and Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.).
The event will again be sailed in NYYC Swan 42s on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay, with the headquarters being the NYYC’s Harbour Court clubhouse overlooking Newport Harbor. In addition to Rolex, which for 2011 and 2013 is the presenting sponsor, Sperry Top-Sider and Nautor’s Swan have also returned as sponsors to enhance the experience of competitors as well as those who will be following the races.
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