This morning started off with typical SoCal slowness, but the racing picked up a bit as the sun came out. After just over 40 races the team from Royal Thames Yacht Club is in first, with tight three way competition for second. Three-time winner New York Yacht Club didn’t have the best of days, and currently sits in seventh. Still, with plenty of races to go in Round Robin 1, it’s anybody’s game.
Along with the sun, races heated up towards the end of the day. We heard voices getting raised, umpires’ judgments and saw the ensuing penalty circles. One particularly memorable clash was between the two NHYC teams at the finish—which was less then 50 feet from the Main Dock for all to witness. Paisley won the grudge match by a nose, with Chris Raab’s boat getting the umpire’s red flag at the last moment. Chris, being a good sport took a moment to tell us about the ruckus:
Reid Vitarelli of Team Paisley finished just after Raab and gives us more insight into the incident:
On a less contentious note, we caught up with the current leaders (and last year’s losers), the boys from Royal Thames. A changed line up and a good attitue seems to be serving them well:
Racing ended for the day at about 18:30, just after the sun had gone down. By then many members had arrived for the enormous Friday Burger Bast, a NHYC institution. This meshing of the visiting teams with the normal membership is one of the best parts of Baldwin Cup. You can re-live other great moments from today by visiting our Photo Gallery; we’ll be adding more photos throughout the weekend!
While the teams get debriefed by the head umpire, this contributor is ready to make for that delicious Burger Bash grub. So, on that note, see you all tomorrow!