Newsflash 14.50 hrs 18.09.2009. Yacht Club Italiano has now been correctly scored in Race 4. This moves Royal Cork up one point. The top three, New York, Canada and Royal Cork, are now only three points apart going into Race No. 6 to-day.
The host club, the New York Yacht Club are now leading the event after five races on a total of 22 points while a very strong Royal Canadian Yacht Club are two points adrift on 24 points. Our own Royal Cork Yacht who had two superb firsts to-day (Thurs) are now on 26 points in third place.
New York Skipper Phil Lotz gave credit to his team and tactician Ken Read (Newport, R.I.), known as one of the best sailors in the world, for a remarkable comeback in the second race that took them from sorry-at the-start to phenomenal-at-the-finish. Having jumped the start gun with three others, the team was called back to clear itself and begin again.
“We had a clean lane at least,” said Lotz, “and were able to work a number of shifts to finish second.” (only being beaten by the Royal Cork). In the last race of the day, when the wind had begged off slightly from its highs of 18-20 knots, Lotz was caught, along with the Canadian team, at the pin end of the start line when the wind went right. “A good jibe-set gained us some boats, and on the last beat we were able to gain some more,” said Lotz, who finished sixth while the Canadians took a 14th.
“It was a classic Newport northerly,” said the Canadian team’s trimmer Geoff Moore, who now lives in Toronto but used to call Newport home. “Everyone had at least one lucky break today; it’s like trading baskets.” Moore made the point that no one is winning all the races and he expects everyone to have a bad race or two, but there are no discard races, so staying on top of the game is key.
With a large spectator fleet at hand, the NYYC Swan 42 one-designs being used for the event sailed “up the Bay.” The windward/leeward courses (twice around), designed to last about an hour, proved perfect for keeping the fleet tight but with ample room for the cream to rise to the top.
“Two miles out in the ocean the fleet tends to separate more,” said New York’s Lotz, “but in flat water, the boats are very even, and we’re all going the same speed, so there are lots of opportunities to stay close to your opponents.”
The boat sailed by Royal St. George Yacht Club (IRL) suffered damage today after a collision in the last race. It is expected it will be repaired by tomorrow’s racing.
The Yacht Club Italiano and Nylandska Jaktklubben (FIN) teams both received average points for yesterday’s single race after being awarded redress for their failed jibs. The Italian team, skippered by Carlo Puri Negri currently sits in 12th place, while the Finnish team, skippered by Leonardo Ferragamo, is in sixth.