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The Inside Track: Movers and Shakers on Day 3

Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster

Two short sharp races in Narragansett Bay produced some thrilling action, as the 2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex passed the halfway stage. The wind speed settled in at about 12 to 15 knots from the south, but there were several shifts during the day.

The narrow confines of the race area, in the East Passage between Gould Island and Prudence Island, meant that the fleet were very much bunched together. Picking the lifting tacks and gybes, as well as staying out of traffic and trouble, rewarded the smarter teams today.

After seven races there was a swing at the top of the leader board, but it was only temporary. The overnight leader, Larchmont (N.Y.) YC kept their lead after Race 6 but technical issues forced the American team to retire from Race 7, the resulting DNS dropping them to fifth. However, after redress was given, Larchmont YC was given average points for the regatta. For now, Larchmont YC are now tied for the lead with the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club put in another outstanding day on the water, scoring two more bullets, but it wasn't easy for the team from Ontario, the last race went to a photo-finish with Seattle YC. After a jibing duel to the finish, both yachts crossing the line, virtually in tandem but the win was given to Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Seattle Yacht Club had their best day of the regatta, scoring two podium finishes to climb up seven places to 4th. The British team from the Royal Thames Yacht Club, posted a 2nd and a 4th today, to leap up the leader board to third.

The young crew from the Royal Thames Yacht Club, include husband and wife, Katie and Johnny Greenland, who have sailed the last three editions of the Invitational Cup. “The standard at this regatta just keeps going up.” said Johnny Greenland. “There are very few boats making mistakes and the quality of the competition is very deep. It is not just the top tier that is in contention, the vast majority of the fleet are all capable of putting in the results, there are some terrific amateur sailors here and the fact that we are all Corinthians really adds to the atmosphere. A lot of the teams have brought along friends and family and it is not just the 11 crew that are having a great time, the New York Yacht Club really know how to look after their guests and it is a pleasure to be here.”

Bruce Foye, skipper of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia entry, has competed in many Rolex Sydney Hobart Races. The team from Sydney had a good day on the water, scoring their best results of the regatta.

“We have come a long way and it feels like a dream to come here.” smiled Bruce. “To sail in these waters, against international yacht clubs and represent the CYCA is something that we feel very honored to do. The crew have done a few Sydney Hobarts, well over 100 in total. The history of our yacht club is in offshore sailing, but recently we have competed in more inshore regattas in our own one-design Sydney 38s. The standard of sailing at this regatta is very strong and we took a couple of days to understand how to get these boats going, but we had a much more success today. We have come here to compete, but the average age of our crew is 50 and competing against the younger guys on short courses is difficult/ We have come to Newport to sail within the spirit of the event and enjoy the atmosphere and we love it here. I am looking forward to the lobster supper tonight and I will see how they compare with our Hobart Crayfish.” -- Louay Habib

Racing is scheduled to continue at 1100 local time tomorrow

Standings after 7 races:

1. Larchmont YC, USA, 33.8 points
2. Royal Canadian YC, CAN, 34
3. Royal Thames YC, GBR, 44.3
4. Seattle Yacht Club, USA, 46.7
5. Royal Cork YC, IRL, 50.2
6. Japan Sailing Federation, JPN, 53
7. Royal Prince Alfred YC, AUS, 63
8. Cruising YC of Australia, AUS, 70
9. New York Yacht Club, USA, 71
10. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR, 73
11. Royal Southern YC, GBR, 75
12. Royal Hong Kong YC, HKG, 78
13. The San Francisco YC, USA, 80
14. Royal Belgian Sailing Club, BEL, 82
15. Royal Freshwater Bay YC, AUS, 83
16. YC Argentino, ARG, 90
17. Yacht Club Italiano, ITA, 93
18. Nylandska Jaktklubben, FIN, 99.2
19. RCN de Barcelona, ESP, 106
20. Royal Swedish YC, SWE, 125

Full detailed results