The Rolex New York Yacht Club Race Week At Newport Abandoned Due To Bad Weather Conditions
The Rolex New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport ran into rough weather ahead of the final dayâ€™s sailing activities, forcing the organizers to curtail further the competition. The race was poised for an interesting finish when the skies opened up; the downpour that followed made the sea froth and rage, making it unsuitable for sailing activities.
Since the race could not be continued the organizers decided to announce the winners based on cumulative standing posted.Â Damian Emery (Shoreham, N.Y.) skippering the J/105 Eclipse was straightaway catapulted to the top of the table, courtesy his good showing in the competition. Incidentally, he won the 2008 event in similar conditions, when a storm aborted the sailing on the last day. Reminiscing that day, way back in 2008, he said that the storm had come out of the blue and they were totally caught unawares. The raging storm had shredded their sail to bits; however, this time they had sufficient warning before the storm hit the bay, allowing them to take down their sails in time. However, Damian Emery was not complaining, as he took the awards in the Rolex Awards Ceremony, in perfect weather conditions characterized by blue skies and gentle sea faring conditions.
Robin Wallace, principal race officer for the White Course, said that initially it looked as if the storm would blow over; however, the condition only worsened with time, with winds blowing at more than 27 knots. Fortunately, the yachts had their radios turned on, and, were able to return to the safety of the harbor, before the storm hit the seas.
The Eclipse led by master tactician, Dan Neff, knew that the team needed two decent finishes to wrap up the competition they had dominated until then-posting four wins out of the six they had raced. However, they were wary of Joerg Esdornâ€™s KIncsem, which was perfectly capable of turning the table upside down in the remaining two races.
The 13 boat J/109 class featured closer competition with the Gut Feeling, skippered by Ted Herlihy winning by the narrowest of margins. Second place, Caminos, owned by Don Fillippelli, was just four points adrift of Gut Feeling and Ted Herlihy was worried about what could have happened. Commenting on the racing conditions, he said that breeze dropped to almost negligible, making it almost impossible for Gut Feeling to cross the line. Kristen Robinson, team-member of Caminos said that Gut Feeling out-raced them over six races and the top prize was richly deserved.
Elsewhere, Phil Lotz, skippering the Arethusa, trumped the 15 boat NYYC Swan 42 class, to become the classâ€™s National Champion for the second year running.