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Texas Corinthian Yacht Club defends Grandmasters Team Race title

by New York Yacht Club 29 Aug 01:55 BST August 26-28, 2022
2022 New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race Regatta © Stuart Wemple

Respect runs through the Grandmasters Team Race like a river through a western valley. It's an essential component of the regatta, binding together the sailors, race officials and judges and creating an environment where the last place team—which happens to be the one that traveled the furthest—gets as much applause at the final awards as the team that won.

This year, for the defending champion Texas Corinthian Yacht Club squad, the concept of respect also served as a crucial reminder. After an internal review of the first two days of the three-day regatta, the team from Kemah, Texas, started the final day of the regatta with a renewed sense of purpose. The result was an emphatic 3-0 win in the finals to complete a successful defense of the New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race championship.

"What we weren't doing well the first two days was getting off the line," says Gerard Coleman, skipper and team captain for TCYC. "Ann Graham, from our team, said [Saturday] night we need to show up more game-ready. So we identified some things that we have control over. For example, we tried to be the first ones on the water and do our homework pre-start, like all the ranges and lay lines. We had to remind ourselves that all the competitors were super talented and we had to respect every competitor out there. And we had to be more aggressive pre-start with our boathandling, which would hopefully translate into being more aggressive with the competition."

This starting strategy was particularly apparent in the finals, where Texas Corinthian Yacht Club swept New York Yacht Club 3-0 to clinch the championship. Noroton Yacht Club, which won the first six editions of the Grandmasters Team Race, defeated Larchmont Yacht Club in the petit finals to claim third

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 include Helly Hansen, Hammetts Hotel and Safe Harbor Marinas.

Through the first two days of the regatta, the team representing the host New York Yacht Club was the strongest on the water, winning 6 of 8 races in the first round-robin and then sweeping all eight races in the second round-robin. Texas Corinthian and Noroton both finished the double round-robin with 12 wins against 4 losses. With 10 wins and 6 losses, Larchmont was the final team to qualify for the knock-out portion, with the bottom five teams going into a silver fleet round-robin.

In the semifinals, New York Yacht Club won the first two races, then dropped a pair to force a winner-take-all final race. The situation was identical in the other semifinal where Texas Corinthian jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Noroton charged back with two wins to tie the series and force a deciding fifth race.

"Between race 4 and 5, one of my teammates came over and asked what I thought about this leeward mark [in the previous race]," says Coleman. "I said, 'I have no idea, I'm not thinking about that.' Maybe I should've been, but the less I think about my mistakes, the better, at least during a regatta. In the moment, I don't want to think about anything negative, I just wanted to focus on recreating a perfect start."

The approached worked as Texas Corinthian was able to come from behind to win that deciding semi-final race and then win three straight in the finals, getting control of each race off the starting line. While the final series result was lopsided, each race was a taut affair.

"On the runs, New York Yacht would reel us in," says Coleman. "Approaching Mark 3 was a major battle in every race with every team today. The breeze was coming in from behind, we were all arriving at the leeward mark at the same time. It was like a start over at Mark 3."

In addition to winning the Grandmasters trophy, the Texas Corinthian team also won the Peter Wilson Trophy, which is awarded to the best performing club in a series of five grandmasters team races. The TCYC team won three and finished second twice. While Galveston Bay hasn't historically been a hotbed of team racing, it's become a very popular activity at the family-friendly club.

"The enthusiasm for sailing has gone way up because of team racing," says Coleman. "When we show up for a practice, it's kind of like a pick-up baseball game: 'Let's just make the teams even and go out and practice.' Everybody now feels more welcome than with the pecking order in a fleet-race practice or regatta, where you know who's first and second, and last. This brings everybody together. We mix up who is in each boat and who is skippering, and we're working on growing more interest in the younger members."

Overall Results:

Round-robin results here and knock-out/silver round-robin results here.

Final Standings

1. Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, Kemah, Texas,
2. New York (N.Y.) Yacht Club,
3. Noroton Yacht Club, Darien, Conn.,
4. Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club,
5. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, Calif.,
6. Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, La.,
7. Storm Trysail Club, Larchmont, N.Y.,
8. Annapolis (Md.) Yacht Club,
9. Gamla Stans Yacht Club, Stockholm, Sweden.

Knock-Out Round

Finals: Texas Corinthian Yacht Club def. New York Yacht Club, 3-0
Petit Finals: Noroton Yacht Club def. Larchmont Yacht Club, 3-1
Semifinals: New York Yacht Club def. Larchmont Yacht Club, 3-2, Texas Corinthian Yacht Club def. Noroton Yacht Club, 3-2

Silver Round Robin

1. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 4 points,
2. Southern Yacht Club, 3 points,
3. Storm Trysail Club, 1 point,
4. Annapolis Yacht Club, 1 point,
5. Gamla Stans Yacht Club, 1 point

Full Fleet Round-Robin Results

1. New York Yacht Club, 14 points;
2. Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, 12 points;
3. Noroton Yacht Club, 12 points;
4. Larchmont Yacht Club, 10 points;
5. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 8 points;
6. Storm Trysail Club, 7 points;
7. Southern Yacht Club, 6 points;
8. Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 points;
9. Gamla Stans Yacht Club, 1 point.

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