Laser 'Coasts' Championships 


RSYS was well represented this year at the Coasts, held at Gosford Sailing Club from 12-13 October. Three Laser 4.7 and seven Laser Radial Youth sailors made the trip to Gosford. They were ably coached over the two days by RSYS coaches Mike Leigh, (Saturday), Finn Alexander (Saturday and Sunday) and Oskar Hansen (Sunday). 

Winds on Saturday were light to medium, varying between 4 and 11 knots between noon and 4 pm. On Sunday they were again light and variable, from 4-7 knots. 

In the 4.7 fleet of nine, Xavier McLachlan made a tactical error in race 1 for a DNC, but followed this with two bullets to be well placed. Kane Seblatnig led into day 2 with a highly consistent three second places. On Sunday they swapped a 4th and 2nd place, and being even on points, Xavier took the regatta win - a little luckily - on a count back. Garth Bickford scored a bullet in the last race to finish 4th and will be a serious threat in the coming regattas. 

In the larger Radial fleet of 35 sailors, Otto Henry led into Sunday with Dan Costandi a strong third. These positions held at the end of the regatta, and Mark Louis finished a close 4th. It was great to see RSYS super coach Marlena Berzins return to dinghy competition and Matt Whitnall competing for RSYS in a full rig Laser. 

As always, Gosford Sailing Club ran a great regatta and were terrific hosts. 

By Richard McLachlan

 

Click here for regatta report from GSC

Full results here 

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RSYS Optis at NSW Championships 

The NSW State Youth Championships were held at Point Wolstoncroft from 5-7 October 2019. Joining the Squadron's strong representation in Lasers, 420s and Boards, seven young Optimist Dinghy sailors enthusiastically participated.

Benedict McKay reports:

In the Intermediate class we had Ben Tattersall and Stirling McKay, and in the Open fleet, Harriet McLachlan, Spencer McKay, Connor Warner, Louis Tilley (pictured above) and myself. 

Day 1:
The Opti fleet had 70 boats across the Open and Intermediate fleets, many of these from interstate. After all the boats were rigged our Squadron sailors were ready to go for a 10am start. The course was set just around the head with a 6-10 knot breeze. At the end of the day, both fleets had some very impressive results, Stirling managed a 7th in the Intermediates, while in the Open fleet Harriet and Spencer both took advantage of the left-hand shift and achieved top 20 results.
 
Day 2:
Day two saw more consistent breezes which meant the race committee aimed to get four races in. The conditions were 7-15 knots as well as a consistent oscillating breeze. Both the first and second races were very light which proved testing for our sailors. The third and fourth races had more breeze which made the races very tactical. At the end of the day, Ben T finished with a very strong top 10 finish as well as two other top 20s. The Open fleet also had some good results: I finished 10th and Connor climbed in the standings after some good races.
 
Day 3:
The sailors left the beach at 9:15am ready for the last two races of the regatta. The forecast was looking light but as the competitors left, strong winds greeted them on the way out. In the Intermediate fleet, Ben finished the regatta with a 17th and a 15th which put him into a great spot to finish the regatta. In the Open fleet, the sailors were fatigued which meant that they had mixed results. In the last race, Spencer finished with a 12th place. The participants were done for the weekend and were pleased with their results. Everyone achieved their personal bests - a big shout out to Louis who smashed his previous record.

Thank you to RSYS Intermediate Members Charlotte Griffin and Jack Littlechild who coached both fleets and did a great job teaching everyone new skills and helping them to improve.
 

  

 

LOTS of courage, competition and camaraderie

Young Madi Kornman, skipper of the all female crew racing Zig Zag 2, steeled her nerves, called for the spinnaker hoist and beheld a most satisfying sight as the red kite unfurled and set.

"I had been too nervous to fly the kite in the first two races, but on the third, I finally summoned my courage and went for it. It was so exhilarating to watch it fly, my crew did an amazing job," said Madi afterwards.

Madi's sentiments were echoed by many other participants at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's inaugural Ladies of the Sea Coaching regatta held over the weekend 5-6 October. Many women said they had long sailed with family members but were now discovering sailing for themselves and especially the joy of helming. 

"I've sailed with my father, my brothers, my husband... Now I'm sailing for myself!" said one.
"I loved helming a smaller boat as a change from crewing on a yacht," said another.


The one design fleet
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​Each day kicked off with a good stretch during the morning Yoga session.

An integral component to the event was classroom and on-water coaching conducted by Australian Sailing’s Chief Keelboat Instructor Nickie Jones, Ocean Respect's Vanessa Dudley and Lindy Hardcastle - a Sydney-Hobart veteran who worked with the larger keelboats. RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich led the coaching for the One Design division with help from Linda Bell (Balmain SC), Courtney Smith (Newcastle YC) and RSYS Members Michael Nash and Eddie Moult.

Nickie commented, "I believe in showing, not telling. First we discuss techniques and manoeuvres in the classroom and then they head out on the water and try it for themselves. That kind of trial and error is invaluable to building skill and confidence." 

Her method certainly seemed to work: "It was great to test out what we'd learned in coaching. I've grown in confidence. I'm not just participating, I'm here to compete!" enthused one sailor.


The keelboat fleet
 

The regatta attracted 104 sailors across seven keelboats and 14 one design crews participating in International Ynglings and Elliott 7s. Teams nominated to sail in either an All Female or Female Helm category. In addition to 13 crews drawn from Squadron Members, we were delighted to welcome teams from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Manly YC, Middle Harbour YC, Sydney Flying Squadron, three teams from the Australian Defence Force Sailing Association as well as many individuals from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Newcastle YC, Northbridge Sailing Club, Concord-Ryde SC, Lane Cove 12ft SSC, Woollahra SC, Georges River SC and Double Bay SC.

Bonded by a common love of sailing, the sense of collective purpose was palpable:
"It's brilliant to meet women sailors from so many clubs."
"I love the camaraderie, the sense of community."

Has the Squadron ever witnessed such a sight – more than 90 women gathered on the lawn around Captain Karyn Gojnich to mark the conclusion of a successful weekend of women's sailing. 

Has the Carabella Room ever witnessed such a sound - the laughter and excited chatter as our wonderful community came together for the presentation dinner on Sunday night.


Lisa Darmanin, Katie Pellew-Spithill, Lucinda Whitty, Karyn Gojnich
 

First there was a standing ovation for Karyn Gojnich whose brainchild this event had been. The audience was then treated to a talk and Q&A with Rio Olympic Silver medallist Lisa Darmanin, Match racing champion and Ocean Respect's Katie Pellew-Spithill, and London Silver medallist Lucinda Whitty, pictured above. They discussed the challenges all had faced balancing sailing at an elite level and progressing a career; their desire to see equal opportunities for females in sailing, equal pay and prize money; and how they juggled an Olympic campaign with family life. When asked what boats they would like to sail next, Lucinda exclaimed "A foiling moth!" adding “although maybe I am not ready to take on the associated boat work."  Lisa is considering an A class cat, and Katie will settle for a windsurfer: “Fast, but without the boat work." 

The event was also an opportunity to recognise and mentor females in the race management team. Regatta Principal Race Officer Trish Stanley was helped by Pat Grace, Robin Bishop, Nina Flakelar and Anna Connery. Eric Duggin helped as coxswain on Mischief and Trent Goldsack was laying marks.


The Zig Zag 2 crew
 

We are particularly grateful to the Squadron Members who offered their boats to our competitors:
Zig Zag, all Female Crew, Malcolm Shaw
Solange, Female Helm, Andrew King/Will Hutchinson
Rapunzel, Female Helm, Richard Lawson.
Sophie Nelson and Genevieve Slattery sailed their own boats.  

We also owe a debt of thanks to these Squadron Members for their time, effort and assistance in bringing this event to fruition: Jan Harper – graphic design; Amanda Hicks – sourcing sponsor prizes; Chris Harper – CCA set up; Kirstin Reblin – 2IC on the night; on-water coaches Eddie Moult, Michael Nash … and of course Karyn Gojnich.   

Results
Keelboat Female Crew        
1    Zig Zag 2 (581)    Madi Kornman    RSYS
2    Finn (6508)    Janey Treleaven    CYCA
3    Lively (SM74)    Sophie Nelson    RSYS

Keelboat Female Helm        
1    Genovefa (6998)    Genevieve Slattery    RSYS
2    Peach Teats -Velocity (YC868)    Meredith Trevallyn-Jones    MYC
3    Rapunzel (3458)    Sandy Lawson    RSYS

One Design Female Crew        
1    RSYS 4 - Elliott ADF Lightening    Meika Wright    ADF
2    Mojo (AUS 47)     Kirstin Reblin    RSYS
3    RSYS 3 - Elliott    Rowena Cremer    SFS
        
One Design Female Helm        
1    CYCA 9 Elliott Toga    Samantha Morley    ADF
2    Holly (AUS58)    Elyse Guevara-Rattray    RSYS
3    CYCA 7  Elliott    Emma Cook    ADF

View full results here

There was a plethora of scintillating prizes from our event partners including Paspaley, Mariner Boating, Everyday Cashmere, Above and Beyond Boating and Marine Safety Works. First prize winners received beautiful Paspaley Keshi pearl earrings, second overall a Super Soft cashmere scarf from Everyday Cashmere, and third overall a Shrug from Everyday Cashmere.

Karyn Gojnich commented "To me it is great to place in a regatta but I also feel it is important to recognise participation. We had some great prizes for those that sailed with us and did not get on the podium.”  All participants went into a lucky draw and the winners were:

Louise Tillett       A place on the Mariner Boating Holiday Mallorca Yacht Rally in 2020
Vanessa Stack     Three nights at the Beach Club, Hamilton Island
Kate Moriarty      A Safety & Sea Survival Course with Marine Safety Works 

Each boat that entered received a voucher for an Online VHF Radio Course with Above and Beyond Boating.

We are grateful also to Berkelo for their fresh bakery treats and Dr Michael Finkelstein for his dental care packs.

VIEW PHOTOS HERE

Photo credit: Margaret Fraser-Martin
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Article by Isabel Wartho isabel@rsys.com.au
RSYS Marketing & Communications Officer

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NSW Youth Championships

The Squadron was well represented at the NSW Youth Championships held at Point Wolstoncroft on the shores of Lake Macquarie over the long weekend 5-7th October.

The event is the first big regatta of the Youth sailing season and more than 270 boats competed in 11 classes. RSYS fielded 18 sailors across the Optimist Intermediate and Open division, Laser 4.7s and Radials, and in Windsurfers.

RSYS Youth Members Otto Henry (pictured 2nd from right) had a convincing win in the Laser Radial class, and Mina Ferguson (pictured far let) placed 4th and won Best Female in the Laser. In the Windsurfers, Vaughan O’Shea placed 3rd in the Techno Plus class.

The Club sends out a big Thank You to Member Nikki O’Shea who played 'Camp Mum', preparing meals for all the RSYS competitors and their families who stayed together on site at Point Wolstoncroft.

The next big regattas for the Youth classes are Sail Sydney in early December and National titles held in Melbourne shortly after Christmas. 

The RSYS summer Youth sailing programme will restarts after the school holidays at the Club on 20th October 2019.
Tackers information here
Teens information here

RSYS Members shortlisted for AS Awards

We are proud to announce that four Squadron Members are in the running for Australian Sailing awards:

Male Sailor of the Year - Will Ryan with Mat Belcher (470)

Offshore Sailor of the Year - Matt Allen AM

Youth Sailor of the Year - Will Cooley with Rebecca Hancock (Nacra 15, pictured above) and Max Paul with Archie Cropley (29er) 

The winners will be revealed at the Awards gala dinner on Friday 18 October at the Sofitel, Sydney.  

Good luck all!

Read the full media release here

 

School holiday training camps

It's been a busy week for Club Dinghy and Youth sailing.

We have 18 youngsters going through the 'Tackers' learn to sail programme in the Club-owned Optimist dinghies and 13 teens sailing the Club Elliotts in the new 'Out There' sailing programme.

Why not introduce your children/grandchildren to the joy of sailing? There are a limited number of places still available for both the kids and teens learn to sail courses from the 8th to 11th October. Open to non-members.
Click here for more information on our courses

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In addition to learn to sail activities, our Club ran a Laser performance camp from Monday through to Wednesday that was attended by 14 Laser sailors, pictured above.

Mike Leigh, our Laser coach commented, “The Laser camp has been a great training opportunity for our junior Members preparing to sail in the NSW Youth Championships. We have also welcomed a few newcomers to the group who are stepping into a Laser for the first time.” 

Go Laser Ladies!

RSYS was represented at Double Bay Sailing Club's Women's Laser Regatta at the weekend by: Kim Ketelbey, Freya Klomp, Mina Ferguson, Brooke Wilson, Evie Saunders, Annabelle Connery, Nikki O'Shea, Sophie Hunt, Issy Hunt, Vicki Kornman, Kirstin Reblin, Olga Skatkova and Jo van Hagen. Some of these Members usually sail Ynglings, keelboats or help our Youth sailors on to the water, and others are RSYS Laser Squad sailors.

The event was restricted to 50 entries and included in the fleet Olympic hopeful Mara Stransky and World Masters Champions Vanessa Dudley and Lyndall Patterson.

View results here

Read all about the event here  Our Younger sailors were particularly commended!

The event, promoted as a coaching regatta, included a day of skill development on Saturday and then six short course races on Sunday. Among the Coaches were RSYS Members Marlena Berzins, Karyn Gojnich and Charlotte Alexander who were joined by Katie Spithill and Krystal Weir.

On Friday afternoon, double Olympian and physiotherapist Krystal Weir, above right, was at RSYS to give some first hand tips on body positioning and posture when sailing a Laser.

 

 

 

 

RSYS members score major international titles

Across multiple classes at major northern hemisphere events over the winter months, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron members staged a world-beating charge to claim five key sailing trophies: the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, Sailing Champions League Final, 470 World Championship, Transpac Race line honours and the Etchells World Championship.

The most recent victory, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup at Newport RI, was led by former Farr 40 world champion and multiple national title holder Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. The RSYS team sailed 12 races in mid-September on an IC37 in a full range of conditions, becoming the first southern hemisphere club to be worthy of the coveted silverware.

“You can't describe the feeling of coming all the way from Australia, putting a team together on a boat we haven’t sailed before, and actually winning a championship like this,” said Belgiorno-Nettis amidst the dockside celebrations.

Less than four weeks earlier, the Sydney club that was established in 1862 scored a major interclub win at the Sailing Champions League Final at St Moritz, Switzerland. Skippered by David Chapman, the young team dazzled league organisers and followers with their fleet racing prowess in an unfamiliar class of J70s, and beat-up on the heavy European line-up. The fact it was Oceania’s debut year at the league made victory that much sweeter.

Chapman, siblings Finn and Charlotte Alexander and Zac Quinlan came to be up against 23 other teams on a lake in Switzerland having won the open division of the inaugural National Sailing League Final hosted by the RSYS in April. 

Around the same time, RSYS member and Rio 2016 silver medallist Will Ryan (pictured top left) and his 470 skipper Mat Belcher again showed they are a real medal chance at Tokyo 2020 when the pair claimed their fifth world title, this time in Enoshima, Japan, where the Olympic competition will play out. The victory confirmed their selection to represent Australia at what will be Ryan’s second Olympics and Belcher’s third.



Squadron member Jim Cooney and his supermaxi racing team on the striking black and red coloured Comanche won the Barn Door Trophy for first monohull to finish the 50th LA – Honolulu Transpac race in July. Comanche's time was 5 days 11:14:05, achieving a VMG of nearly 17 knots on the course and delivering the owner and crew the stunning carved slab of Hawaiian Koa wood trophy. 

Australians typically fare well at Etchells world titles and in June, Squadron members Iain Murray and Richie Allanson backed up RSYS member Martin Hill’s 2018 Etchells World Championship victory with a repeat, this time at Corpus Christie in Texas.

The Havoc team of Murray, Allanson and Colin Beashel were clinical, leading the series from the outset and spurred by the world-class competition snapping at their transom, in particular Graeme Taylor’s Magpie, with RSYS member James Mayo on main. The two Aussie teams finished two points apart and another three Australian teams made the top 10 from the 37-boat fleet.

On his club’s outstanding success across the northern hemisphere summer, RSYS Rear Commodore Christian Brook said, “What a great season for the club; our members taking top honours in multiple prestigious international events. Once they’re all back we’ll celebrate their successes and enjoy hearing about their experiences.”

Club Captain Karyn Gojnich noted: “What is fantastic about the SCL and NYYC results in particular, is that both teams included some of our most experienced members mentoring up-and-coming Youth Development Squad sailors.”

Testament to the club’s standing as an international event organiser is the recent announcement that RSYS be a key venue for the opening act of next year’s SailGP circuit, when the action returns to Sydney Harbour February 27-29, 2020. Later in the year the Squadron will host a third Farr 40 World Championship for the longstanding one design class.

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Further information: 

Declan Brennan
RSS Sailing Manager
e. declan@rsys.com.au m. 0434 779 116

Isabel Wartho
RSYS Marketing & Communications Coordinator
e. isabelw@rsys.com.au m. 0404 575 886

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Team Australia wins SailGP grand final

SailGP media release:

Tom Slingsby today made history, helming the Australia SailGP Team to victory over Nathan Outteridge’s Japan SailGP Team in the SailGP Season 1 Championship Final Race. The global league’s inaugural season culminated with a 10-minute match race between Australia and Japan, in which Australia secured the trophy and US$1 million prize in dramatic fashion.

The stakes for Sunday’s racing were unprecedented – US$1 million is the largest monetary prize in the sport of sailing, and the SailGP Championship trophy is a creation of Thomas Lyte, regarded as the world’s leading trophy maker.

“It feels amazing. We deserved it and I’m so happy for our whole team as the amount of work they put in was huge. We said going into today we were going to win as a team or lose as a team,” said Slingsby. “I feel for Nathan and his team. They have put in an amazing effort all year and it is just the way it is. One team has to win, and one team has got to lose. I am happy with the way it went but those guys were unbelievable competition all year and it was such a close battle.”

Race analysis determined that the final duel came down to a mere 78 centimeters at a crucial moment on the racecourse; if the Australians had been five-hundredths of a second slower, Japan could have forced them to incur a penalty. It was a risky play by Japan in an attempt to force Australia off its course that backfired and allowed Slingsby to move into the lead and ultimately take the win.

Japan led for the majority of the SailGP Season 1 Championship Final Race after being given the upper hand from the start when Slingsby took a penalty for entering the start box early.

“We made one error and that’s what happens. You can’t win everything and for every winner there is a loser. We knew someone was going to walk away unhappy,” said Outteridge. “It’s a shame it’s us. But that’s sport and we will just get ready for next season.”

Read the full media release here

Watch the videos on SailGP's Facebook

The action will return to Sydney Harbour 27 - 29 February 2020.

 

‘Ladies of the Sea’ Coaching Regatta open for entries

The Notice of Race has been posted and entries are open for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s inaugural ‘Ladies of the Sea’ coaching regatta. The two day event on Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 is open to keelboats, and one design Elliott 7s, Ynglings and J70s. Boats can participate with an all female crew or female helm with a mixed crew and choose to use a spinnaker or not.

For all participants, across racing and race management, the event will aim to challenge and nurture crews with mentors providing the opportunity for all to enhance their capabilities, build confidence and develop skills on the water.

Racing will be conducted with short windward/leeward courses on Sydney Harbour both afternoons. In the morning, notable Australian yachtswomen will provide coaching sessions and in-boat mentoring. To ease our participants into the day, we will hold Hatha style Yoga sessions on the Club lawns overlooking the harbour. 

The event is the brainchild of Squadron Captain and Olympian Karyn Gojnich who was inspired by similar dinghy coaching events in Victoria. “RSYS has run Ladies Twilights on Sydney Harbour for 15 years and our community of passionate female sailors has grown tremendously in this time. During the 2018-19 season we had more than 180 sailors in yachts ranging from 20ft to 50ft most Tuesday nights. The time is right to up the ante with a full regatta including sailors from other clubs. My aim is to develop confidence and skills for Sailors, Coaches, Instructors and Race Officials,” said Karyn.

The Squadron is an accredited Australian Discover Sailing Centre and runs a packed schedule of introductory keelboat sailing courses popular with women of all abilities and ages. “We hold ladies only classes, branded as ‘Ladies of the Sea’ (LOTS), specifically to encourage women into our sport in a nurturing and supportive environment. Graduates are invited to join our Paspaley Tuesday Twilights for a taste of the camaraderie and exhilaration of racing. It is extremely rewarding to see our ladies grow from crew to helm and some eventually become boat owners too,” Karyn added.

The event will wrap up with a formal dinner ‘Inspirational Women in Sailing’ on Sunday evening. Our partner Paspaley will award beautiful pearl jewellery prizes, and we will hear from some of Australia’s most prominent female sailors including Olympians Lisa Darmanin and Lucinda Whitty, Ocean Respect Racing’s Vanessa Dudley and Katie Pellew-Spithill, and Australian Sailing’s Chief Keelboat Instructor Nikkie Jones.

Full media release here

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RSYS wins the NYYC Cup!

Three races were completed overnight with no shortage of drama on the race course, and ultimately Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron claimed the title as this year’s champion. The Invitational Cup will head down under!

Results here
Team profile

     
 

The successful Squadron team comprised: 
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Male Helmsperson), Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis, Marlena Berzins, Nicholas Cleary, Christopher Cook (Male Boat Captain) (*non RSYS), Michael Dunstan, David Edwards, Tom King (Tactician), Greg O'Shea, Ivan Wheen.  

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Media release

Royal Sydney Shines on Challenging Final Day and Takes the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup Down Under

NEWPORT, R.I. — It all came down to the final race, as it should. Two teams of accomplished and motivated amateur sailors from opposite corners of the globe battling on a lumpy, windy Narragansett Bay for one of Corinthian sailing's most-prized trophies, the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and San Diego Yacht Club started the 12th and final race separated by six points, which was anything but a safe margin in this competitive 20-boat fleet. The Australian team had the edge in the overall standings, but skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his team put the regatta title right in play with a sub-par start while San Diego bolted to the head of the fleet and was, for a while, back in the virtual regatta lead.

Using the superior boatspeed and sterling tactical that had gotten them out of trouble all regatta, Royal Sydney ground back into the top 10 and then into the top five, leaving San Diego hoping for a miracle that wouldn't come. The RSYS team was simply too polished. After 12 races in a full range of conditions, they sailed through the final finish line in fourth place to become the first Southern Hemisphere club to win the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

"It's unbelievable," said Belgiorno-Nettis shortly after a dockside celebration with his team. "You can't describe the feeling of coming all the way from Australia, to be able to put a team together who I love dearly, every one of them, starting with my wife, to actually win a championship like this. The New York Yacht Club Invitational is one of great regattas in the world." 

Save for one bad race on the regatta's third day, the San Diego Yacht Club team had sailed a nearly flawless regatta through nine races. Even though they carried a one-point lead into the final day, it was hard to bet against the youthful West Coast team. But then came the second windward mark rounding of today's first race. With Royal Sydney rounding ahead, in third place, San Diego tried to squeeze just too much out of a thin layline and ended up pasted to the windward mark while the bulk of the fleet sailed past. A certain top-10 finish became an 18th.

Now trailing first place by 13 points, SDYC skipper Tyler Sinks and crew showed remarkable reslience with a win in the second race while Belgiorno-Nettis and crew (at left) struggled to an eighth. That brought the title back into reach for the final race. With the pressure on, the Australians rose to the occasion.

"Luckily for us, we're good in the [stronger winds] and there was quite a lot of wind in that last race, and we were able to get the boat rumbling," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "Mike Dunstan, my main trimmer, and my other trimmer on jib, David Edwards, they just set up the boat so it was easy for me to sail. I could just punch the numbers out. It’s all about being consistent. So we were able to chip our way up from quite deep. We were in 12th at the start and ended up in fourth. That was pretty good. Occasionally I’d look around and see where people are…think to myself ‘oh how did that happen?'"

While most of the attention was focused on the battle for first, there were a number of developments lower in the standings. Anthony O'Leary and the Royal Cork Yacht Club team once again showed they love to sail in heavy air. They went 5-2-1, won the day, and took advantage of a couple of tough races by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club to claim Royal Cork's first Invitational Cup podium.

"We're absolutely thrilled. This is our sixth visit, first time to make the podium, so it makes it very special," said O'Leary. "We were eight points behind Canada [starting the day] which is a lot in one respect, but with three races anything is possible. We had one dreadful result on Thursday. You just got to wait and see how the cards fall. We had a five [in the first race today] and you're thinking, 'They're may be two more races, maybe one.' Things seemed to go better and better for us. We're delighted."

Another team that spent the day on the up escalator was the crew representing the host New York Yacht Club (at right), led by co-skippers Andy Fisher and Ray Wulff. After a very up-and-down regatta, the team found its groove on the final day. With three solid races, including a wire-to-wire win in the day's first race, Fisher, Wulff and Co. moved from 10th to sixth in the overall standings.

"As a team we just came together, and each day we were getting stronger and stronger," said Wulff. "Today we just felt, 'You know what, we've just got to go out there and sail as strong as we can.' Representing the Club, we wanted to make sure we finished on a strong note."

The regatta closed with a spectacular Rolex Awards Banquet on Harbour Court. Regardless of finish, it was a time for to celebrate a week of great sailing against friends old and new. 

The next Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will be sailed in September of 2021. The request for invitation process will begin before the end of the year. For U.S. yacht clubs, next September's Resolute Cup is the only path to securing an invitation to the big show in 2021. 
 

Photos @ROLEX / Daniel Forster