Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2022 - LEADERBOARD

A decade of persistence lifts Eastern Yacht Club to first Morgan Cup win

by New York Yacht Club 15 Aug 2022 00:34 BST August 12-14, 2022
2022 Morgan Cup © Stuart Wemple

For the second straight summer, a team from Marblehead, Mass., has become a first-time winner of the prestigious Morgan Cup. Earlier today, Eastern Yacht Club claimed the trophy, following up on the win last summer by neighboring Corinthian Yacht Club. The two clubs are just a stone's throw apart on Marblehead Neck. Corinthian Yacht Club finished second, with St. Francis Yacht Club of San Francisco third and New York Yacht Club-Levesque rounding out the top four.

As was the case last year, the win by Eastern is the result of a lot of hard work and a steady progression up the ranks of keelboat team racing.

"A decade ago Eastern wasn't doing any team racing," says Clinton Hayes, the team captain for Eastern Yacht Club. "I remember when we got our first invite to the Morgan, and we finished last, then third to last. We just put a lot of effort into this event. New York Yacht Club putting in all the effort to make this such a world-class event makes all of us sailors try so hard and show up year after year."

The New York Yacht Club helped usher in a new era of adult team racing with the creation of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy in 2000. That race, which requires skippers to be at least 45 years of age and crew to be over 40, was soon followed by the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup, an all-ages event, in 2003 and, in 2010, the New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race Regatta, which mandates skippers be at least 60 years of age and crew at least 50. The three team races are traditionally held over consecutive weekends in August at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, using the Club's fleet of 22 Sonar keelboats, and annually attract some of the best adult team racers in the United States and Europe. New York Yacht Club Regatta Association sponsors for 2022 are Helly Hansen, Hammetts Hotel and Safe Harbor Marinas.

While the race committee ran just shy of 100 races over the three days of the Morgan Cup, it wasn't easy. Light and fickle winds made Day 1 of the regatta quite difficult as the race committee had to keep adjusting the course, and the competitors tried to maintain focus through lengthy delays.

"The first day was a really long day with a long delay," says Hayes. "Everyone got off the water, and we were totally burnt. The sun and the waiting around makes it really challenging."

Nonetheless, Eastern Yacht Club finished Day 1 with seven wins against a single loss.

"A big thing was just avoiding mistakes," says Hayes. "In light air people tend to over team race, a lot of people just get passed. So we were focused on passing other boats, sailing our boats really well, really fast, especially on the downwinds, and avoiding those stupid, unforced errors."

More consistent sailing on Day 2 and early on Day 3 put Eastern into a strong position after two complete round-robins, with 14 wins, from 18 races, and a two-point advantage over the three teams tied for second. With the typical Newport seabreeze finally filling in, those four teams did a single, gold-fleet round robin to close out the regatta.

Corinthian beat Eastern in the opening race of the Gold Round Robin to reduce Eastern's lead to just a single point. And since Corinthian had beaten Eastern each of the three times the two teams had sailed against one another—and therefore controlled the tie-breaker—there was effectively no margin for error.

"We knew it was close," says Hayes of the standings heading into the final races. "We didn't look at the exact scores, we just assumed we needed to win a majority of the races in the [Gold Fleet Round Robin]. All three races were barn burners, really tight. We were lucky to come away with two out of three."

Many of the competitors in the Morgan Cup will return on Friday for the Hinman Trophy, for which skippers must be over 45 and crews over 40. The Grandmasters Team Race—skippers 60 or older and crews 50 or older—will take place August 26 to 28.

New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup - Final Results:

1. Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass., 16 points
2. Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass., 15 points
3. St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, Calif., 13 points
4. New York (N.Y.) Yacht Club—Levesque, 12 points;
5. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, Calif., 10 points
6. New York (N.Y.) Yacht Club—Potts, 9 points
7. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, 8 points
8. San Diego (Calif.) Yacht Club, 7 points
9. Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club, 3 points
10. Bristol (R.I.) Yacht Club, 3 points

Race-by-race results available here.

Related Articles

Peters & May commences strategic alliance
Exciting collaboration with Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH Peters & May, the world's foremost yacht shipping company, is thrilled to announce the commencement of its collaboration with Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt GmbH, together with its sisters of the MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping. Posted on 24 Nov
2025 RORC Transatlantic Race preview
West-to-east version will be run alongside 100th anniversary of the RORC One of offshore racing's great adventures will return in 2025. The New York Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club are proud to announce Transatlantic Race 2025, which will start from Newport, R.I., on June 18, 2025, and finish off Cowes, England. Posted on 16 Nov
Cup Spy Oct 27: Swiss reach one hundred
The Swiss team rolled out their AC75 at 9:00hrs preparing for their 100th day of sailing The Swiss were the only team to sail - and in their AC75. They completed a foreshortened 3.5 hour session. It was their 100th sail in what that call Boat 1 Posted on 28 Oct
Cup Spy Oct 26: Swiss build confidence
The Swiss did race AC75 practice today, indicative of a rising confidence level in the team The Swiss were the only team to sail their AC75, and completed a four hour session, in a flatter seaway of 0.7mtrs. They sailed in lighter winds and not surprisingly were able to achieve a high (94%) dry foiling percentage - and in a racing context. Posted on 26 Oct
Cup Spy Oct 25: Magic off to an early start
USA got way to an early start, with the focus of the session being on a couple of wing cameras New York Yacht Club American Magic (NYYC AM) was the only team to sail on Wednesday. They got way to an early start, with the focus of the session being the presence of a couple of cameras mounted on the outer wing of the starboard foil. Posted on 26 Oct
Cup Spy Oct 24: Pushing the limits in Barcelona
The Kiwis and Swiss were the only teams to sail from Barcelona - again in a big confused seaway Emirates Team New Zealand had their final hit-out in Barcelona for 2023. Alinghi Red Bull Racing got on the water with their AC75 and had a testing session in 0.9 to 1.45metre seas. American Magic cancelled their sail in the AC40 America. Posted on 24 Oct
Cup Spy Oct 23: Kiwis pass the ultimate test
The Kiwis faced the ultimate AC75 test - sailing in 2 metre waves and an off-axis wind of 18-25kts Emirates Team New Zealand were the only one of six Cup teams to sail on Monday, in a big seaway of almost 2 metres, and an off-axis wind of 18-20kts. Conditions were at best marginal for racing. Posted on 24 Oct
Cup Spy Oct 22: Italians sail as Kiwis tow
Luna Rossa were the only team to sail - from Cagliari in a steady 12-16kt breeze The Italian team LRPP rolled out their LEQ12 prototype at 11:40 and sailed out of Cagliari in a steady 12-16kt breeze. Emirates Team NZ had a towing session only in the early morning, presumably related to flight control systems. Posted on 24 Oct
Cup Spy Oct 21: Kiwis and Swiss strike rare wind
After a day out due to strong winds, two AC teams caught a rare breeze on Saturday Two of the six America's Cup Challengers Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand, sailed on Saturday, experiencing a breeze from a direction that is unusual in Barcelona. Posted on 22 Oct
Cup Spy Oct 19: Rough-up in Barcelona
The forecast increase in breeze came early to Barcelona producing rough seas with a big swell Alinghi Red Bull Racing was out for a session of three hours. The breeze forecast to increase later in the day, arrived early forcing the Swiss to stop training after one impressive sailing display. Luna Rossa sailed off Cagliari also in fresh winds. Posted on 20 Oct