The weather on final day of the Baldwin Cup Team Race really delivered. Wind and sunshine all day upped the pace of the sailing to match the growing competition between the 11 teams. Race Committee even chose to reef the fleet’s sails for the day’s 15 to 20 knot winds.
Round Robin 2 ended early in the afternoon with NHYC Paisley solidly in first trailed by Larchmont in second, and Seawanhaka and Royal Thames tied for third. To break the tie, and determine the Final Four pairings, Seawanhaka and Royal Thames sailed a single race. Seawanhaka prevailed, but not untouched. Heading into the finish a Royal Thames boat had been weaving between starboard tackers. Amidst the a tight quarters, the Royal Thames boat on port failed to make way, and struck a Seawanhaka boat near the bow. Much to everyone’s relief, somehow both boats sustained little to no damage from their sudden meeting. Royal Thames’ loss in the Sail Off meant they would race NHYC Paisley in the Semi-Finals, and Seawanhaka would face Larchmont. The first to two wins in each pair would advance.
After a long day of hard sailing in incredible conditions the remaining teams still had to put in everything they had to secure their final positions. The remaining races were going to be high-stress. Not just because of the steep competition and long day, but many sailors had scheduled flights that departed soon. Some competitors were asking their teammates and rival teams, “What would you do? Give you’re berth to a different team, or miss your flight?”
In the first Semi-Final, there was a bit of momentary confusion on the dock when all ashore thought NHYC Paisley had defeated Royal Thames. Sadly for the home team, that was wrong. NHYC Paisley, who had only lost two races in all of the Round Robin, lost both their Semi-Fianls races to Royal Thames. Off to the the Finals for the Brits.
Meanwhile in the other Semi-Final, Larchmont was off to a great start beating Seawanhaka in the first race, but the sailors from Oyster Bay came back to win the next two races securing their place in the Finals.
The very last races of the day would finally determine the rank of the final four teams. The Petite Finals brought no redemption for NHYC Plaid; they lost to Larchomont in both races. Putting Larchmont in 3rd and Paisley in 4th overall. Dialed in from dozens of races over the three days, Seawanhaka sailed on win all three Finals races against Royal Thames. With that, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Cup won the Baldwin Cup on their first try.
Congratulations to Tim Fallon, Karen Fallon, Tim Wadlow, Robbie Deane, Andy Herlihy, Liz Herlihy, Joel Hanneman & Lyndsey Gibbons-Neff who sailed for the club!
As the Trophy celebrations didn’t start until 6:30 pm, sailors exchanged quick congratulations and made their last rounds of quarter beers. Many competitors had to dart off to catch their flights so they wouldn’t be late for work on Monday, but not without taking some smiles and good times with them.
We’ll have video and more photos to share in the coming days. So watch this space. In the mean time mark your calender for October 20 & 21. The 2012 Jean Schenck Team Race is that weekend which will act as a California Team Qualifier for the 2013 Baldwin Cup. The Notice of Race is coming soon. More information can be found on this website and at NHYC.org.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s Baldwin Cup Team Race and we hope to see you all next year at NHYC!
Seawanhaka Corinthian’s Team celebrates their trophy win with champagne and smiles