NYYC Invitational Cup "Keeper" Trophy Presented
Former NYYC Commodore Robert L. James and former Trustee Charles A. Robertson presented the first of two Invitational Cup trophies. The artist is Norman McMillan. This trophy goes to the yacht club of the winner of the next (2011) NYYC Invitational Cup; the yacht club keeps it until the next event. The trophy, said McMillan, "is in the form of a tetrahedron shape" -- as in a racing mark. "It represents good wind and water. The materials are acrylic and stainless... The blue represents the water, and the stainless steel is the sailboat." Photos by Dan Nerney
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Island Teams Target Championship Title
Newport, R.I., USA (June 20, 2011) – When 16 nations from six different continents hit the waves off Newport, R.I., for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex (September 10-17), most of the 22 participating yacht clubs will have traveled extraordinary distances in order to compete. Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR), Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (BER) and Yacht Club Capri (ITA), however, may have an edge coming from their own island locales to New York Yacht Club’s home on Aquidneck Island, the largest island in Narragansett Bay.
Comparable to New York Yacht Club’s location in Newport, Itchenor Sailing Club’s (ISC) base in Chichester Harbor on the South coast of England is considered one of the country’s most popular sailing venues.
“Whilst we appear to be a small sailing club up an estuary, the club has produced a number of Olympic and America’s Cup sailors as well as national and class champions,” said Barry Sampson (Bosham, West Sussex), who will be at the helm of the team representing ISC. Founded in 1927, ISC is well-known for having the largest (100+ boats) and most active fleet of Mirror class dinghies in England, and possibly the world.
A Progressive and Proactive Approach to Racing
Newport, R.I., USA (May 8, 2011) – The history of New York Yacht Club is intertwined with progressive thinkers – starting with John Cox Stevens and James Gordon Bennett Jr. – who took a proactive approach to organizing sailing contests that have become benchmarks for all other sailing events: from transatlantic crossings to America’s Cup match races, to team and fleet races. The proactive approach is the common thread that extends to The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, scheduled for September 10-17, which has announced that extensive on-the-water umpiring will be used for the competition. Primarily used for match and team racing and the medal rounds of the Olympic Regatta, this will be the first time NYYC has emphasized umpiring to this degree for fleet racing, a first for a Corinthian event of this magnitude.
O'Leary and Monteiro de Barros Set A High Standard
Even as a light snow decorated daffodils breaking through the ground around New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, the realization that the 2011 sailing season in the northern hemisphere is not far off has been confirmed by the announcement of two skippers who will lead their yacht club teams in the upcoming New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. The biennial event, which puts its primary focus on Corinthian competition by virtue of allowing only non-professional sailors to compete, made its debut in 2009 to widely acclaimed success and returns to Newport this September 10-17. After a qualifying event for 24 of America’s foremost yacht clubs was run during its off-year, a firm roster of 19 participating clubs was announced and it is now expected that additional entries will bring the event close to its maximum number of 24.
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