Royal Cork Finish 8th Overall in the New York Invitational Cup Presented by Rolex.
The final race of the New York Invitational Cup presented by Rolex took place today. Conditions were very light early in the day and the start was delayed while they waited for the wind to fill. The length of the course legs was cut to 1.6nm for one leg and 1.3nm for the second round.
The winners today and, also overall winners of the series, were the Royal Canadian team with the host club New York dropping to 10th place today putting them in second place overall in the series. Royal Cork posted a 15th position in the light airs to day giving them an overall finish position of eighth in the series. The RORC had a good two days. They posted a fifth today and ended up taking the RCYC seventh position overall from us. There were in fact nine different winners of the individual races with only two boats, Canada and Portugal, having two firsts each.
On Day 3 of racing at the NYYC series in New York yesterday the provisional results showed Royal Cork lying 9th overall having posted two results of 20 and 15. However, we all awoke today to find some jury decisions had been made to disqualify some three boats resulting in a move upwards to 8th position for Royal Cork.
Today, (Fri) the penultimate day of racing saw two further races sailed and the Royal Cork got off to a great start with a third place in the first race of the day. In the second race they went up the left hand side of the beat with one half of the fleet and ended up at the weather mark in 19th position. They made a great comeback on the run and the second beat posting a 12th position result and this resulted in a further move up the provisional rankings to 7th overall. The competitiveness of this fleet cannot be over emphasized.
The leaders, Canada, held up the start of the second race today, believed to be caused by problems with a winch. However, they have extended their lead over the New York Yacht Club with Annapolis third and with NHYC and Eastern Yacht Clubs tied on points followed by Japan on 95 points and Royal Cork next on100 points. All results provisional.
The final race of the series will be held tomorrow.(Sat)
On day two of racing at the NYYC Invitational Cup the Royal Cork Yacht team with Skipper Anthony O’Leary has improved its position from 8th to 6th after six races have been completed.
The leaders after the first two days are the Royal Canadian Yacht Club who are maintaining a strong lead and are demonstrating that, having placed second in the inaugural event in 2009, they are back and playing to win. Eight of the ten crew sailing for Canada competed in 2009 including helm Terry McLaughlin, a silver medalist in the 1984 Olympic Games and skipper of Canada 1 in the 1983 America’s Cup Trials. The current Defenders, New York Yacht Club, are lying second overall followed by Annapolis in third and with five remaining scheduled races to be completed.
Weather forecast for the rest of the week is that tomorrow (Thurs) will be a day of change with two cold fronts arriving, a weak one in the morning followed by a stronger one in the late afternoon. Winds much lighter from the south-southwest, but swinging around to the northwest with a vengeance (and some rain) as the second front moves through.
Friday should be cool and sunny with a gusty northwesterly breeze in the morning, lightening a bit in the afternoon.
On Saturday, still cool, winds around to the north-northeast, veering to east-southeast during the day and getting lighter and it may be difficult to get in a race later that day.