Happenings – Baldwin Cup at NHYC, April 6–8th, 2017 http://baldwincup.com Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:29:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 https://i1.wp.com/baldwincup.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/favicon.png?fit=32%2C32 Happenings – Baldwin Cup at NHYC, April 6–8th, 2017 http://baldwincup.com 32 32 102519337 NHYC Lightning are New Baldwin Cup Champions! http://baldwincup.com/2017/04/08/nhyc-lightning-are-new-baldwin-cup-champions/ http://baldwincup.com/2017/04/08/nhyc-lightning-are-new-baldwin-cup-champions/#comments Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:42:53 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3681

With a race abandoned in the morning due to lack of wind we waited with baited breath for the promised wind to deliver. It took it’s good sweet time and as noon blew by and the 15 knot forecast had still yet to arrive. It wasn’t until 1350 that it finally delivered after slowly building and the reefing lines were broken out. The wind of course being a cruel mistress then proceeded to turn up to 11 with gusts over 20 knots breaking things and putting us on weather hold. Thank goodness our pit crew a finely honed machine fixing at lightning speed—they had a broken jib shakel back up in running in less than 3 minutes after the boat touched back at the dock.

The first big fight for Day 3 was in Silver with four of the five former Baldwin Cup Champions fighting for that single spot back into the final knock-out round. After two days of slow moving on the course and a late night on NHYC’s Barney Lehman, aka BUB (we’ll leave it to you what that stands for), Larchmont finally found their groove, decisively winning their first three races of the day. Despite being spoiled by Southern in race 46 they rebounded to catch fire for the rest of Stage 2, running away with that coveted lone Silver Fleet knock-out berth. Late in the afternoon, being that Larchmont couldn’t be caught in Silver, we lost time in the morning to lack of wind, and in the afternoon to too much, the Silver Fleet collectively forfeited their remaining races in Stage 2 to help the race management team get us to the finals on time. (Luckily for our losers, being released from their obligation to not drink while races are underway, aka the No-Fun rule, we had plenty of Goslings on hand to salve their wounded egos.)

NHYC Thunder found themselves in final two boat lengths of their final race of Stage 2. With steely discipline at the final mark, Thunder managed to force Thames to finish 1-2, leaving a 4 on 2 situation on the race course. Finally kicked into gear, Thunder worked the remaining two British boats over, dealing them an epic loss just yards from the main dock. Needless to say the home crowd went a bit wild over that one. In doing so they managed to avoid dismissal, and by the skin of their teeth secured a knock-out round berth. Thunder had to proceed almost directly into in their Quarter Final knock-out best of three series again facing the Thames. In two super tight races, the second again coming down the final yards of the finish line, Thunder triumphed and sent Thames to the bar.

On the other side of the QFs, Larchmont faced San Diego. San Diego took the first in the series, and Larchmont the second. A bit of a break down delayed the do-or-die third race, but San Diego kept their cool and snuffed out Larchmont’s fire, sending SDYC to (what we’re pretty sure is) their first trip to Baldwin Cup Semi-Finals.

As fate with have it, we had an all NHYC Semi-Final, with Thunder and Lightning each winning one race apiece. In the third race of the series, the two home teams jockeyed for position all over the course, but Lighting took the W with a 1-2 over the finish line, ending Thunder’s dreams of a four-peat.

On the other side of the bracket, St. Francis continued to bring their A-game and handled San Diego a fast defeat in the their first race. Despite Boat 8 of St. Francis getting stuffed out at the finish line and an apparent penalty, St. Francis defeated San Diego in their second Semi-Final race proceeding directly to the Finals.

So NHYC Lightning vs. St. Francis in the Finals. Luckily the breeze stayed on into nautical twilight (a rarity for Newport Beach), but after Lightning took the first race the decision was made to not rotate in the fight against the fading light. In a photo finish, and a major freak out in the announcing booth, it looked like NHYC Lighting had taken it. But after the longest 3 minutes of the of the weekend and a phone call to the race committee NHYC Lightning are indeed are no longer the second sibling, and have WON the 2017 Baldwin Cup Team Race at NHYC presented by JPMorgan Chase! Congrats to Greg Helias, Bill Menninger, Mikee Anderson, Rob Rader, Mac Mace, Ward Mace, Alex Curtiss, and Robert Kinney on their win! Thank you to everyone who came out and helped or supported this awesome event. In the words of newly minted Champ Mac Mace, on a scale from one to ten “it feels like a twelve!”

We’ll have more photos for you in the next couple days, but we have a formal Trophy Party to get to and Goslings Dark ’n Stormys to drink, so thanks again to JPMorgan Chase for their support, (looks like they had lots of fun out there on School’s Out), and BCTR out!

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Day 2: StFYC still clear ahead & the epic tie-break http://baldwincup.com/2017/04/07/day-2-stfyc-still-clear-ahead-the-epic-tie-break/ Sat, 08 Apr 2017 02:40:30 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3654

Day 2: Despite a bit of a midday delay (more on that later), we’re 24 races into Stage 2. Gold and Silver are set and the fight for the knock-out berths is well underway. Before we give you how the day ended, let’s talk ties. Tie-breakers more specifically. At the end of Stage 1’s round robin, we divide the field into two fleets of six, Gold and Silver. Within those new fleets we race a double round robin (win/losses carrying thru), with 1st place in Silver advancing to the knock-outs and last place in Gold dismissed to the bar with the rest of the Silver fleet. So seeding is crucial.

This brings us to the conundrum of the day, at the end of Stage 1 five teams were tied for that final Gold Fleet seed. You can see how the math worked out here but that little chart hardly reflects the complexity and depth of this tie. Adding to the drama, of the five teams tied, four are previous BCTR Champions. (And mind you only different five clubs have ever won the Baldwin Cup)

Needless to say all this checking and double checking took a while. In their nervous energy waiting for the call (since we know sailors at the Baldwin Cup level are hardly competitive and very much the sit still types) an impromptu fleet race was instigated by those waiting out on the water. It was quite the sight for those out on the water, but it’s hopefully the first and the last time we have fleet racing at Baldwin, as we hope to never have such a delay again!

Thames sneaks into sully StFYC’s record Photo by Pam Bacich

End of day results still have St. Francis clear in first with only three losses. Royal Thames dealt StFYC that third loss at the end of the day, bringing a bit of a sour note to otherwise buoyant results for the boys from the bay. “It was close racing with very tricky conditions,” said Michael Menninger, of the St. Francis (and formerly of three-peating NHYC Team Thunder) “We were definitely tested throughout the day, especially with the pressure shifts, but we are definitely in the hunt.”

Tied for second are NHYC Lightning (little sibling no more!) and San Diego, with the Thames hot on their heels in 4th. NHYC Thunder won the tie break but needs to get their butts in gear if they hope not to get booted from the knock-outs. In the Silver Fleet, Balboa, Seawanhaka, and Larchmont are all hoping to get back in, but with lots more racing in Stage 2 to go, nothing is certain yet. We’ll let announcers Brooks Clark and Adam Deermount close us out with their take on the racing today, while we head to the Goslings bar with our JPMorgan Chase peeps. ’Til tomorrow! 

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Day 1: St. Francis in first…for now? http://baldwincup.com/2017/04/06/day-1-st-francis-in-first-for-now/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 02:07:35 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3618

Photo by Pam Bacich

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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New Mainsails thanks to JPMorgan Chase! http://baldwincup.com/2017/03/30/new-mainsails-thanks-to-jpmorgan-chase/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:00:33 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3596 by Chris Goddard of CGPR and Elizabeth De Witt

This is a story about a collaboration between a dedicated sail maker and the BCTR’s presenting sponsor JPMorgan Chase. A collaboration to design the new mainsails for the Baldwin Cup Team Race at NHYC. (And no, this is not the beginning of a cheeky power point or ad campaign—we’re just really excited.)

Alex Curtiss, a new NHYC member took the lead on bringing JPMorgan Chase’s mainsail designs to life as a sailmaker for Ullman Sails Newport Beach. Begun locally in Corona Del Mar with a small loft and a single sewing machine, Ullman Sails was founded in 1967. (Just a mere 70 years after our sponsor’s namesake J.P. Morgan begun serving as NYYC’s commodore!) In the 50 years since then Ullman Sails has grown to be a world leader in sailmaking. Regatta winning one design sails have been Ullman’s trademark since the beginning though, an the new JPMorgan Chase Harbor 20 mainsails promise to continue that triumphant tradition.

With that dedication to the sport of sailing, Ullman Sails Newport Beach worked hand in hand with the team at JPMorgan Chase to create new mainsails that are as well made as the Baldwin Cup is exciting to watch. With the objective of absolute perfection and nothing less, the design of the new sails went through five iterations, with the final version being carefully sewn at Ullman Sails South Africa’s facilities over a period of nine days. Curtiss worked closely with Evan Morgan and Brooke Chappell of JPMorgan Chase and we thank them all for their attention to detail. We love the fact that JPMorgan Chase wanted to showcase their logo (and thus a reflection of their enthusiasm for the Baldwin Cup) on many parts of the sail, but Curtiss gently offered the possibility that sailors might need to reef the sail in heavy air which would mean the logo would disappear from view. This responsive collaboration between sail loft and sponsor was much like sailor responding to progressing wind conditions, with both having the shared goal of an picture perfect finish.

The sails arrived a week ago and were tested this week with stellar results. They are made of Contender 7.46 ounce Dacron sailcloth, with Ullman’s trademark “flutter patch” incorporated for durability. We’re looking forward to having our internationally renowned competitors put to our new sails to the test next week!

New Sails by the Numbers

(Facts better enjoyed set to the tune of this theme music)

  • New Mainsails: 24
  • Design Iterations: 5
  • Days to Sew Final Design: 9
  • Dacron Weight: 7.46 ounce
  • Total New Sail Area: 3609.6 ft²
  • Height of Sail Numbers: 30 in
  • Flutter Patches: 120
  • Distance Traveled: 10602 mi
    (Durban, South Africa to Newport Beach, CA)

The new JPMorgan Chase Mainsails in action!

Obviously these fantastic new sails would not be possible without our presenting sponsor, so we’d like to reiterate our appreciation by we sending a huge thank you to JPMorgan Chase for their continued sponsorship of the Baldwin Cup Team Race at NHYC.

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IT’S BALDWIN CUP TIME! http://baldwincup.com/2017/02/16/its-baldwin-cup-time/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:45:05 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3490

Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club is proud to announce that for the fourth year running JPMorgan Chase will act as the presenting sponsor for our premier team racing regatta. JPMorgan Chase continues their grand yachting tradition by supporting BCTR which welcomes sailors from around the country and across the world to compete in BCTR’s exceptional 4v4 team racing format—with live announcing and close quarters spectating. This year newly joining the Baldwin Cup mix is Gosling’s Rum, the libation of choice for mariners the world over. Together with the hundreds of volunteers that make the event happen the 2017 Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club presented by JPMorgan Chase is set to be the best yet!

Without further ado, the 2017 Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club accepted teams are:

Balboa Yacht Club  ·  Newport Beach, CA

College of Charleston Yacht Club  ·  Charleston, SC

Larchmont Yacht Club  ·  Larchmont, NY

New York Yacht Club  ·  New York, NY

Royal Thames Yacht Club  ·  London, UK

St. Francis Yacht Club  ·  San Francisco, CA

San Diego Yacht Club  ·  San Diego, CA

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club  ·  Oyster Bay, NY

Southern Yacht Club  ·  New Orleans, LA

Yale Corinthian Yacht Club  ·  Branford, CT

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THUNDER THREE-PEATS! http://baldwincup.com/2016/04/10/thunder-three-peats/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:20:06 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3401 by Chris Goddard with additional reporting by Elizabeth De Witt

Capping off three days of nail biting racing culminating in an all Newport Harbor Yacht Club final between Team Thunder and Team Lighting, Team Thunder won the Baldwin Cup Team Race for the third consecutive year at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. Team Lighting was second with Balboa Yacht Club and Larchmont Yacht Club tying for third. Showcasing the greatest tactical maneuvers that team racing has to offer, the semi-finals saw neighboring Balboa Yacht Club reaching this stage for the first time in the history of the event. In total, 139 races were sailed on a course that had been cleared of 75 mornings and events throughout the weekend supported by over 150 volunteers.

Photo by Craig Davis www.craigdavisphoto.com/

Photo by Craig Davis

“Congratulations to Team Thunder who battled consistently showing their championship skills during three solid days of ‘edge of your seat’ racing,” commented Newport Harbor Yacht Club Commodore Gary Hill. “Races, often not decided until the last 30 yards (sometimes the last two feet), provided best in class stadium style racing to over 400 spectators under finally sunny skies on day three. We are grateful to JP Morgan Chase for their unwavering support of this event. In addition, we thank the competitors that traveled from near and far to compete in this iconic regatta and perpetuate the distinct traditions that make this race the envy of many regattas. Lastly, we thank the Harbor 20 fleet that loaned us their boats and our entire membership that comes together to support this event, along with our dedicated staff. They make it happen. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

Photo by Craig Davis Team Thunder members: Skipper Justin Law, and crew Jeff Gordan

Photo by Craig Davis
Team Thunder members: Skipper Justin Law, and crew Jeff Gordan

In true Baldwin Cup Team race style, today’s events included a spontaneous marriage proposal from The Southern Yacht Club Team, soothing steel drum music for competitors that enjoyed themselves too much last night, and meandering Duffy rentals with perfectly displayed outboard fenders. Fender trim people, fender trim! For the finals, racers were serenaded by the Grateful Dead’s Wheel Tricks lyrics, “If the thunder won’t get you, the lighting will.”

“It has been a pleasure to support this event, which has provided a terrific platform for our friends and clients,” said Ethan Morgan, market manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “Seems like we brought the Newport Harbor Teams luck as they have won the regatta since we became a sponsor. The Newport Harbor Yacht Club is a beautiful setting. We thank the Newport Harbor Yacht Cub and the JPMorgan Chase teams that worked tirelessly on making this a great event year after year.”


While the regatta is over, the media team’s job is not. Watch is space for more fun videos and regatta recap coming your way this week!

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Saturday in Short: Nasty for Newport, but we sail on! http://baldwincup.com/2016/04/09/saturday-in-short-nasty-for-newport-but-we-sail-on/ Sun, 10 Apr 2016 01:10:58 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3387 Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Thunder and Larchmont YC tied for first, after on day two of Baldwin Cup Team Race Presented by JPMorgan Chase

by Chris Goddard with additional reporting by Elizabeth De Witt

Day two of the Baldwin Cup Team Race, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, saw the debut of the first annual rough and tumble Bocce Tournament along with sailing conditions competitors called, “nasty for Newport.” In a day that saw mist, heavy rain and varying winds from seven to 13 knots, the intensity of the races increased, as reflected in the flamboyant language coming from the race course. Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Thunder and Larchmont Yacht Club are tied for first with Larchmont Yacht Club in third. Bocce Ball and Chain won the competitive Bocce Tournament with creative moves worthy of the MVP awards. The first round robin has been completed and the top six teams are designated for the gold fleet and the bottom six are in the silver fleet.

Photo by Pam Bacich

Photo by Pam Bacich

Photo by Craig Davis

Photo by Craig Davis

“Throughout the day, which saw close to 400 spectators despite the wet weather, our announcers shared snippets of wisdom for racers such as: “no pain, no gain”; “you have to be cruel to be kind in team racing; and paying tribute to the new sporting event; “the real heroes were the Bocce players that braved the downpours,” noted event chairman and Newport Harbor Yacht Club Staff Commodore Bill Crispin.

“During the 55 races completed today, competition was extremely close, often times with races not being decided until the last 50 yards,” said Adam Dearmont, veteran of the Baldwin Cup Team Race and member of the jocular announcing team.

Photo by Craig Davis http://www.craigdavisphoto.com/

Photo by Craig Davis

Bocce teams included Bocce Ball and Chain, Deboccery, Pretty Pink Princesses, Razzle Dazzle, Shake ‘N Bake, Team Stars and Strips, The Dirt Bags, and The Rowdy Oldsters. The application process for the 2017 team has already begun; interested parties may apply at baldwincup.com/
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. In their continued attempt to make every corner of the earth their own, the Brits brought out the cricket bat and reimagined the green as a pitch with chairs as wickets.

Check out all the photos from the day on our flickr page!

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Friday at Baldwin Kicks Things Off! http://baldwincup.com/2016/04/09/friday-at-baldwin-kicks-things-off/ Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:15:52 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3371 45 Races Completed in Stepford-Like Weather and Light Air, Punctuated by Bocce Ball, Large Rubber Ducks and Two Dollar Chardonnays

by Chris Goddard with additional reporting by Elizabeth De Witt

photo by elizabeth de witt

photo by elizabeth de witt

Continuing the cheeky laughable traditions that make this respected regatta the envy of sailors around the globe, the Baldwin Cup Team Cup Race Presented by JPMorgan Chase did not disappoint on the first of three days of racing in front of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. After 45 races in fog, mist and winds ranging from zero to six knots, 96 competitors survived incredibly tough conditions with games of bocce ball, and for the spectators, two dollar chardonnays and 25 cent beers. Defending champion Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Thunder is leading, followed by Newport Harbor Yacht Club Team Lighting in second, followed by Larchmont Yacht Club in third. Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, there are 21 races remaining in the first Round Robin after day one. In total, there will be between 130 to 140 races.

 

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photo by elizabeth de witt

“We’re fun and we’re sassy, but look what we accomplished today,” said event chairman and Newport Harbor Yacht Club Staff Commodore Bill Crispin. “Despite the weather delay,  we entertained ourselves, while world championship sailors tested their mettle with glassy conditions, giving a new meaning to ‘having a good time’, still getting to race on the bay cleared of moorings.”

The Baldwin Cup consistently draws champion sailors, making the competition all the more intense.  2015 ISAF team racing World Championship teammates Justin Law and Michael Menninger are back again sailing for NHYC Team Thunder, while teaming up against former 2015 World Championship teammate Tyler Sinks, who is sailing for SDYC. Also on the water is past world champion, Andy Cornah (Team GBR: 2011, runner up 2015) sailing for Itchenor SC. Cornah competed in this regatta in the past for the Royal Thames YC.

“This is not the tropics,” a Larchmont sailor was over heard to say, as he took off his tank top and put on his fleece. “I didn’t sign up for this. Even the Duffy sightings today were sane; we didn’t see any crazy tourists.”

Photo by Craig Davis

Photo by Craig Davis

“That is a bone crushing hit,” noted Phil Stemler of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, as he was a calling mark trap in the last race of the day between Newport Team Thunder and Team Lighting. Continuing his colorful commentary, Stemler noted, “This is the darkest deepest NHYC Mai Tai I have seen in a long time.”

We’ll have video recap of the Day 1 up very soon, you can check all the photos HERE on our flickr page, and otherwise slap on your foulies can come on down, the breeze is up!

 

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Back in Plaid: Seattle http://baldwincup.com/2016/04/07/back-in-plaid-seattle/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:00:51 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3301 First a little insight on Team Seattle:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club
We’ve been team racing for a month. We’re masters now.

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
The board of directors at Seattle YC saw that we all paid our dues on time for 12 consecutive months, so they figured we’d be responsible with a large damage deposit at an event like this.

And most importantly, what is your team’s theme song?

And with that bit of framing out of the way, on with the sailors!

Skipper Andy Schmidt

Andy SchmidtWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and San Francisco to University of Washington

How have you trained for this regatta? Four practices so far, only one with any wind. So far so good.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? We both need some coffee.

What makes a good team racer teammate? They buy you a beer after the race (yet to happen).

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Deciding whether to go forward or backwards.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Getting out of Seattle in the spring and racing in the sun.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Extensive practice.

Crew Erin Schmidt

Erin SchmidtWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and University of Washington

How have you trained for this regatta? Strength training so I can get the jib across in the Harbor 20s.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Asking Andy how cold it is.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who likes football and ultimate when there isn’t any wind.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Paying attention.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Lots of good sailing and good food.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Luck.

Skipper Mike “Father K.” Karas

Mike KarasWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle, WA and dinghy racing

How have you trained for this regatta? Light therapy box and 16oz bicep curls

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Making sure I have my sunglasses and watch.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Compatible spirit animals

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Counting to 18

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? They all blur together.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Southern – battle of the SYCs.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Donald Trump said if I donated to his campaign there would be a lot of winning.

Crew John Renehan

John RenehanWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and dinghies, college sailing.

How have you trained for this regatta? Coaching NHYC morning classes for a couple of summers. Serious light wind practice on Newport Harbor with crew members of limited ability.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Long-distance driving.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Makes me look like I know what I’m doing.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Bossing an opposing boat at the start.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Looking forward to big breeze!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Biggest competition is usually myself.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Most diverse attitudes towards sailing.

Skipper Anthony “A-Bomb” Boscolo

Anthony Boscolo HeadshotWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and I come from a family of Venetian mariners

How have you trained for this regatta? Mental wind sprints

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Forgetting my watch

What makes a good team racer teammate? Good with flags

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The last leg

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Getting threatened by Chris Raab a few years back.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? God, because he hates me.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We have paid off the right people.

Crew Jen Glass

Jen Morgan Glass Headshot Making FaceWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? I’m from Seattle. Junior sailing starting in Seattle, went to Dartmouth for college sailing, campaigned a 470, got into skiffs, started sailing 505s with husband and team racing in keelboats

How have you trained for this regatta? We have some J22s at Seattle Yacht Club that we double-hand to practice. Getting our team all together when someone isn’t off skiing or sailing elsewhere is tough!

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? I can’t say I really have one. I like to be prepared early and often the 2nd boat off the dock.

What makes a good team racer teammate? One who knows the rules, plays, and is humble. And knows a good joke!

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Successfully executing a complicated play – its cool to have multiple boats come together to make it happen. It’s more than just your own boat.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? When we made it into the Semi-Finals a few years ago!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Newport Harbor’s teams are always well practiced and know the boats well. We’ll get ’em at their own game!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we haven’t won yet, and we’re ready to bring a surprise!

Skipper Dalton “Heavy D” Bergan

Dalton BerganWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and dinghys, skiffs, foilers, keelboats

How have you trained for this regatta? Drifting around Seattle

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Just try to get there

What makes a good team racer teammate? Would like to know

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Starting

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Rhab’s antics

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC, they are finally defending.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? With some luck

Crew Ben “Captain” Glass

Benjamin GlassWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and dinghies

How have you trained for this regatta? Sailing in J22s at SYC.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, lots of coffee.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who buys a lot of drinks.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? That magic moment when you realize the plan is coming together and you and your teammates are leading their pairs back to the finish.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Mai Tais and sunshine.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The other SYC, because we’re the real SYC.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Maybe we will, maybe we won’t, I think this is an absurd question.

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Seawanhaka Corinthian http://baldwincup.com/2016/04/07/seawanhaka-corinthian/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000 http://baldwincup.com/?p=3297 Team Captain Joel Hanneman on the Seawanhaka Corinthian team:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club
Has been team racing since early 1900s. As it’s been a traditional part of the Club’s racing program, yes the Club is supportive at all levels. We try to do as many events as we can manage.

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
We like to use this event to build on our 4v4 experience.

And most importantly, what is your team’s theme song?

And with that bit of framing out of the way, on with your sailors!

Skipper Ryan “Smoking Gun” Costello

Ryan-Costello-2Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Bedford, MA and 420s

How have you trained for this regatta? Late night flaming squid shots in Bangkok

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Sensei bow

What makes a good team racer teammate? Being my significant other

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The lee stern

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Being in irons downwind

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Gonna crush the Bissell Missell and NHYC Barneys

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Who else has a Night time captain?

Crew Emilie “Fluffy Hat” Bogrand

Emilie BograndWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Cold Spring Harbor, New York and a bit of this and a bit of that

How have you trained for this regatta? Choosing all the best outfits to put NYYC to shame

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? A good espresso

What makes a good team racer teammate? A solid sense of humor

What are you looking forward to at Baldwin Cup? Stepping off the dock and into the boat this year!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Quarter beers

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Quarter beers

Skipper Nick ”nickEnice” Ewenson

Nicholas EwensonWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport, RI and an avid boater

How have you trained for this regatta? Shields sailing and Laser frostbiting. Push-ups, pull-ups, and early morning positive visualization.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? No rituals. I tie my shoes differently each morning.

What makes a good team racer teammate? They’re a tad faster, are always in the right place, stay cool, and forgive/deal with you when you’re not. They’ve seen it all and make it look easy. They love the game, are fair with others, and have a good time.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Pulling it all together.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? My last race. Really tight quarters with all 8 boats right up next to the club. Also…Duffy rides.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Whichever NHYC team has Jon Pinckney on it. He’s SO good! The Kobe of the team race world. A consummate professional. We are mere mortals, he is something else.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Is Pinckney sailing? If not, we will win because we put it all together when it mattered most.

Crew JP Blaise

JP BlaiseWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? A far off land and what do you mean by sailing?

How have you trained for this regatta? Rigiously

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Making sure my phone battery is charged to take lots of selfless out on the water

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who takes an awesome selfie

Hardest part of Team Racing? Not dropping my phone in the water

What are you looking forward to at Baldwin Cup? Taking lots of selfies with all the elite sailors

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? My phone’s battery life.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We take the best selfies!

Skipper John “JS3” Storck III

John-Storck-IIIWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Huntington, NY and years of training in a Dyer Dinghy.

How have you trained for this regatta? Following shoulder surgery, I’ve trained for this event by basically taking 18 months off from sailing. I’ll be psyched to be sailing again.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Lots of sunscreen, some stretching, and a good sit on some porcelain.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who is fast, knows their job, and trusts others to do theirs.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The hardest and the best thing about team racing is that it is a TEAM thing. The hardest is when you lose as a team. The best is winning as a team.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? I hear we get a roll of quarters…

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? As this will be my first Baldwin, I’m not really sure. I imagine the home team will be strong.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? The addition of more facial hair can’t hurt, and have you seen Joel’s headgear?

Crew Ian “Sneaky Athletic” Storck

Ian StorckWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Huntington, NY and sailed Optis on Long Island Sound as a kid, then sailed a number of double-handed dinghies. Sailed four years at Dartmouth and have also dabbled in match racing in recent years.

How have you trained for this regatta? With the lack of snow in New England prematurely ending ski season, I spent a week and a half in March sailing Marstrom 32 catamarans. I think they are very similar to Harbor 20s.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Lots of coffee.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who’s a better sailor than I am and has a short memory.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Sailing in the right direction at go.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Never raced a boat with a jib boom before. Should spice things up in the front of the boat.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Southern seems like they will always be crafty on and off the water. I know from personal experience that Kaity Storck is sneaky out there. Also, this is probably a tired answer, but quarter beers seems like a given.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? A fresh injection of youth to the team will surely up the competitive fire and assist in winning the weekend as a whole.

Skipper Joel “The Possum” Hanneman

Joel Hanneman Head ShotWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Texas and Tufts

How have you trained for this regatta? I am potty trained, one toilet at a time

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Pedicure

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest – not finishing last

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? I loved stuffing my pants two years for the lip sync. Wait to you see my outfit this year!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Seattle

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because I have an amazing crew.

Crew Jon “Pirate” Hammond

Jonathan HammondWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Northern NY and little bit of everything

How have you trained for this regatta? Late night curl sessions with a static squat

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Make it to the regatta

What makes a good team racer teammate? Situational Awareness (pull your head out of your…)

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest: Letting the other teams catch up.

What are you looking forward to at Baldwin Cup? The utter cliche of driving west down Mulholland at sunset.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? I’ve heard rumors of 25¢ beers. Probably that

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? 3rd Time Intergallactic Intramural Slap Cup Runners-Up at the 789th edition (run every 7 months)*

 

 

*Get the other teams drunk
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