Published: Monday, 12 September 2011

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) has entered a team to represent Hong Kong in  the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The RHKYC was one of the 18 world-wide teams invited to join in the Inaugural New York Club Invitational Regatta in 2009 and assembled a team which finished 11th in the closely fought racing.

This year, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) has expanded the format to include 22 teams from across the globe and has once again invited RHKYC to participate.  With the Club’s support, member Nick Burns has organised a team to represent Hong Kong and the Club, and is hoping to improve on their 20009 result.

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The event, last held in September 2009, will run this year from September 10-17 in Newport, Rhode Island. There will be five days of racing, with 11 windward/ leeward races planned in all. Day 1 is on Tuesday 13 September, with racing starting at 1100hrs.

The 22 yacht clubs participating this year have come from far and wide; they represent 16 nations spanning six continents.  All are converging upon Rhode Island to participate in an event described as “the ultimate sailing contest among amateur competitors proudly representing their homelands”.

Participating clubs include: Yacht Club Argentino (ARG); Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (AUS); Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (BER); Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN); Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (ESP); Nyländska Jaktklubben (FIN); Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR); Royal Ocean Racing Club (GBR); Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR); Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (GER); Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL); Yacht Club Capri (ITA); Yacht Club Punta Ala (ITA); Japan Sailing Federation (JPN); Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (NOR); Clube Naval de Cascais (POR); Royal Cape Yacht Club (RSA); Eastern Yacht Club (USA); Annapolis Yacht Club (USA); Newport Harbor Yacht Club (USA); and the New York Yacht Club (USA).

The  NYYC 2011 Invitational Cup will be raced in completely identical boats chartered from NYYC, the Swan 42s, and the skills of the competing teams will determine the result. For the 2011 challenge, the RHKYC team comprises 

Name                      Position

Nick Burns              Skipper

Patrick Pender         Helm

Tiger Mok                Tactician

Peter Backe            Trimmer

Anthony Day           Trimmer

Lauren Mead           Trimmer

Tim Storey               Pit

Joachim Isler           Mast

Peter Austin            Bow

Maureen Mueller     Reserve

The RHKYC team is very much looking forward to this year’s event and, of course, bettering their 11th place finish at the inaugural event in 2009.  If memories of the 2009 event are anything to go by, they will have an enjoyable time - “The racing was close and demanding, the setting was splendid, and a week of fantastic social events capped off a perfect regatta”.

The team arrived at the beautiful old NYYC clubhouse at Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday and are busy with two days of familiarisation and practice on the chartered boat Mutiny before the event starts, then look forward to two fleet races per day from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 September.


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