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Eastern YC Wins 2010 USQS for the Invitational Cup

Eastern Yacht Club, right, skippered by Bill Lynn, won the U.S. Qualifying Series of the NYYC Invitational Cup. Annapolis, left, led by Peter McChesney, was second, and Newport Harbor Yacht Club, led by Payson Infelise, was third. These three yacht clubs garnered bids to the NYYC Invitational Cup in 2011. Photo Amory Ross/New York Yacht Club

NEWPORT, R.I. (September 12, 2010) – After four days of intense competition (September 8-11), the prevailing sentiment at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series, sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider and Jaguar North America, was that it had been a tough competition. During the first two days of racing on Narragansett Bay, in which 24 of the nation’s foremost yacht clubs were split equally into fleets designated Red or Blue, the competitors sailed half of each day’s races in either NYYC’s Sonars or Sail Newport’s J/22s. After 14 races were completed the top six teams from each fleet were combined into the “Gold” fleet to sail the final two days of the regatta in Sonars. The bounty for a top-three finish in the Gold fleet was a spot in the NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. That biennial event will see its second running in September 2011.

The 2007 Sonar World Champion, Bill Lynn (Marblehead, Mass.), skippered Eastern Yacht Club’s team to the overall win of the Gold fleet with his son, Peter Lynn, and Rick Myers (both Marblehead) and Alden Reid (Bedford, Mass) crewing.