Regatta History

The Baldwin Cup Team Race was conceived in the fall of 2007 on a Tuesday afternoon conference call looking to reinvigorate the US Yacht Club Challenge. Staff Commodore Bill Palmer had recently returned from a trip back east and had witnessed the success of several east coast yacht club team racing events.

The members on the call quickly realized NHYC was in a position to take a lead among west coast yacht clubs, and produce a team racing event with a distinctly west coast vibe.

In 2008, under the dedicated leadership of event chairwomen Gale Pinckney, the Baldwin Cup Team Race accomplished what many people said could never be done. That year NHYC created a successful national level, 4 versus 4 team race, sailed in Harbor 20s. The racing occurred in an arena-type setting, created by a vacated NHYC mooring field, which allowed the members to witness the excitement of the event happening just feet from the NHYC main dock.

While there was some skepticism surrounding this new format, Jon Pinckney prophetically proclaimed in the Hard on the Wind a few months leading up to the event:

While match racing has been successfully featured in our Yacht Club Challenge over the last five years, NHYC is looking to change the event to 4 versus 4 team racing in Harbor 20s. ‘WHAT?  Harbor 20s?….4×4 team racing? You’re kidding, right?’ Not only am I not kidding, but early indications from scrimmages and outside interest from other clubs show that we may be on to something really big.

In less than a decade, the Baldwin Cup Team Race has become an institution among national level team racers and is one of the most sought after invitations in the country. The regatta has grown from 6 to 12 teams and now frequently includes at least one international team from the UK.


Past winners:

2016 – Newport Harbor Yacht Club Thunder | Newport Beach, CA

Bill Menninger, Michael Menninger, S/C Jeff Gordon, Justin Law,
Jon Pinckney, S/C Gale Nye Pinckney, Perry Emsiek, Brian Bissell

2015 – Newport Harbor Yacht Club Thunder | Newport Beach, CA

Bill Menninger, Michael Menninger, S/C Jeff Gordon, Justin Law,
Jon Pinckney, S/C Gale Nye Pinckney, Perry Emsiek, Brian Bissell

2014 – Newport Harbor Yacht Club Thunder | Newport Beach, CA

Jon Pinckney, Justin Law, Michael Menninger, Commodore Gale Nye Pinckney,
Brian Bissell, Kayla McComb, Reid Vitarelli, S/C Jeff Gordon

2013 – Larchmont Yacht Club | Larchmont, NY

John Baxter, Molly Baxter, Clay Bischoff, Jason Carroll,
David Dowd, Megan Magill, Danny Pletsch, Ewell C Potts

2012 – Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club | Oyster Bay, NY

Andy Herlihy, Joel Hanniman, Karen Fallon, Liz Herlihy,
Robbie Deane, Lindsey Gibbons-Neff, Tim Fallon, Tim Wadlow

2011 – New York Yacht Club | New York, NY

Brian Doyle, Charlie Enright, Garrett Woodworth, Joel Hanneman,
Shane Wells, Maura Winston, Monique Roeder, Roland Singer

2010 – New York Yacht Club | New York, NY

Brian Doyle, Charlie Enright, Garrett Woodworth, Joel Hanneman,
Monique Roeder, Roland Singer, Shane Wells, Thomas Enright

2009 – New York Yacht Club | New York, NY

Brian Doyle, Charlie Enright, Garrett Woodworth, Joel Hanneman,
Monique Roeder, Roland Singer, Shane Wells, Thomas Enright

2008 – Southern Yacht Club | New Orleans, LA

Cardwell Potts, II, Charlotte Meade, Daniel Meade, Ewell “Corky” Potts,
Jefferson Davis Hampton, III, John Alden Meade, Kiel Killeen, Thomas Meric, III