Day 1: St. Francis in first…for now?

With day one done at Baldwin Cup Team Race at NHYC presented by JPMorgan Chase we have 51 races in the can, St. Francis YC clear in first and San Diego YC & NHYC Lightning tied for second. Looks like Michael Menninger’s defection from three-peating NHYC Thunder to St. Francis is paying off. He along with his other dual NHYC/StFYC citizen team members Doug Sloan & Kieran Chung, and former Olympians Russ Silvestri & Craig Healy are bringing the mojo to St.FYC so that this might finally be their year. Right in the mix are San Diego YC (whose Tyler Sinks is part of the currently reigning ISAF Team Racing World Championship team) and NHYC Lightning. Usually the second sister to team Thunder, Lightning has been holding it down this year. Also still in the hunt at Seawanhaka Corinthian YC and Royal Thames YC only one win behind and tied for fourth.

Photo by Pam Bacich

This is all going down with a man down—the NHYC clubhouse. There was lots of debate heading in if we here at NHYC if should take on the massive task of hosting with such an infrastructure intensive regatta (some 150 volunteers, 100+ races, 96 sailors, we‘ll let you do the math on the logistics behind that) but once Regatta Chair Staff Commodore Bill Crispin and NHYC Yacht Racing Director Jennifer Lancaster decided we were game on, the dedicated volunteers and tireless NHYC staff stepped up big time to show what NHYC’s real venue is: our (temporarily) mooring free race course. Jon Pinner from the Royal Thames Yacht Club said, “NHYC is doing a remarkable job of having a club without actually having a club house.” We’re proud to live up to our reputation for hospitality.

In that spirit of hospitality, it doesn’t hurt that Goslings has joined JPMorgan Chase this year in supporting the Baldwin Cup. At the welcome party Wednesday night Rinear Coulter of Goslings promised that she’s brought along plenty of product. We think sailors and volunteers alike took that as a challenge. (Brush up on your Dark ’n Stormy skills here). We expect to find you at the bar on the Webster!

With Dark ’n Stormys in hand, Boats N’ Prose host Brooks Clark and Baldwin Cup alum Adam Deermount talked us thru the day up in the announcing booth. You can catch Clark’s extended coverage of Baldwin Cup on US Sailing’s Snapchat and also on Brooks’  Boats n’ Prose podcast.  Brooks caught up with Chief Umpire Peter Wilson after racing today to chat about umpiring for team racing and the new rule changes that have recently come down:

The forecast for tomorrow is about the same as today with a mix of sun and partly cloudy. Everyone think happy dry thoughts for Saturday and thanks JPMorgan Chase for their continued support. Otherwise BCTR out for the day; see you at the Goslings bar!


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