NY Yacht Club Invitational Cup Results

The winning team. Photo by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

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The following report was provided by Regattanews.com:

There was no stealing the gold away from Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) on the final day of racing at the 2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. For the fourth consecutive day RCYC flew the Rolex gold spinnaker indicating their position at the top of the standings. The Toronto-based team would convert their 10-point lead over the defending champions–New York Yacht Club–into a win by 20 points when they were first across the finish line in the 11th race of the series.

Final Day, Photo by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

When asked his strategy for the final race, helm Terry McLaughlin confirmed that they had made the decision to go after New York Yacht Club (NYYC), but that it was tricky to do so. “It was 5 knots at the start, but it was very, very shifty and puffy, so if we let them sail their own race and we had tried to sail our own race, there is a reasonable chance that they would have put 10 boats between us.

So we decided that we’ve got to be near them. If we put them back at the start and we’re back at the start then it doesn’t matter. We couldn’t lose and Annapolis [Yacht Club] couldn’t catch us.” The RCYC controlled NYYC from the start and led the 22-boat fleet at every mark. NYYC would cross the line of the final race in 11th place, for second overall on 67 points.

Video: Final Day of Racing


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