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Resolute to the End, Southern Yacht Club Claims 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup

NEWPORT, R.I. — The morning may have dawned with dense fog and little breeze on Narragansett Bay, but by mid-afternoon the sky had cleared and the same could be said of any ambiguity regarding which was the best team at the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. In today's single race, the Southern Yacht Club was as sharp as they had been in the previous 11 races, starting strongly and never wavering.

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Southern Yacht Club Within One Race of Winning the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup

NEWPORT, R.I. — Day 4 of the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup was the sort of day when things can and do go wrong. The racing was held inside Narragansett Bay in a shifty southerly breeze with thick fog bank hovering on the windward edge of the course and occasionally working to leeward of the windward mark. Both of the leading boats had moments of doubt. Both showed their mettle with impressive comebacks and were the top two boats on the day. With one race remaining, Southern Yacht Club has a commanding—but still surmountable—8-point lead over Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. With third a further 22 points in arrears, the battle for first is officially down to two boats.

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Change of Scenery Brings a Change of Fortune on Day 3 of 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup

NEWPORT, R.I. — To describe the tactical approach which led Eastern Yacht Club to the low-point score of Day 3 of the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, Ben Richardson used a word not often associated with successful big-boat sailing: reactionary. "You had to be pretty reactionary," said Richardson, a former Laser Masters World Champion and Pan Am Games competitor.

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Perseverance Pays Off for Royal Hong Kong and Yacht Club Argentino

NEWPORT, R.I. — After four straight race finishes in the top three, Southern Yacht Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron showed the first signs of mortality in Race 5 of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, each crossing the finish line squarely in the middle of the fleet. Through five races, the overall results had the two clubs—both first-time competitors in the regatta—tied on points, and well clear of third place. But in a no-throwout series, points can accumulate in a hurry and the difference between top-three and bottom-three in this ultra-competitive fleet can come down to one cross, one decision, one lapse in concentration.

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