True to Swan 42 One Design competition it came down to the last day for some 8 of the 17 teams to try to win the 2015 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup. It was anyone’s guess how it would play out as some team results going into the final two races left plenty of room at the top.
Following a two-hour postponement until the wind filled in, spectators all around Newport Harbor were treated to a spectacular Parade of Nations led by the NYYC Race Committee.
Racing was held in the bay again. Race 11 was won by Leonardo Ferragamo and Yacht Club Italiano (ITA) with Japan Sailing Federation (JAP) 2nd, New York Yacht Club (RI-USA) 3rd, and Eastern Yacht Club (MA-USA) 4th. With a middle of the fleet finish in Race 11 for Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR) and a second to last placement for Seattle Yacht Club (WA-USA), things started to look interesting.
In Race 12 Barry Sampson and Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR) took the bullet with Middle Harbour Yacht Club (AUS) finishing 2nd, and Royal Hong Kong (HKG) 3rd posting their best finish of the regatta. With none of the top boats on the immediate horizon, it was a wait and see as to where the top contenders would finish. It was anyone’s regatta to win or lose.
With a 8-10 finish on the day Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR) John Greenland at the helm they had enough cumulative points (71) to win the prestigious 2015 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup. Fierce competition on this final day came from Paul Zabetakis and the New York Yacht Club which took 2nd place (77), one point ahead of Bill Lynn (78) and Eastern Yacht Club (MA-USA). Neither Royal Thames nor NYYC won even one race, but their consistency paid off.
Over the course of twelve races, Middle Harbour Yacht Club won three races, Japan Sailing Federation and Yacht Club Italiano 2 each, while Eastern, Itchenor, Newport Harbor Yacht Club (CA-USA), Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRE), and Seattle Yacht Club all won one race).
The culmination of the regatta was the awards dinner under the tent at NYYC’s Harbour Court. Javier Scherk and Royal Club Nautico Barcelona won the Spirit Corinthian Award, the first time this trophy has been awarded. The trophy was given to the team that exemplified good sportsmanship both on and off the water. Each team was able to cast one vote for this very special award from peers.