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Watson places 10th and 11th

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) helmsman Mark Watson and crew produced a steady display on the penultimate day of racing at the Invitational Cup hosted by New York Yacht Club.

The Argo Group CEO’s Swan 42,

Tiburon, finished in the middle of the fleet in yesterday’s two races, competing in shifty breezes ranging from ten to 20 knots in open waters outside of Narragansett Bay.

Watson placed a respectable 11th in yesterday’s opening race and then went one better in the second to leave themselves 15th in a fleet of 22 yachts with one race remaining in the 11-race series with a total of 126 points.

Canadian Terry McLaughlin, who is due to travel to Bermuda for next month’s Argo Group Gold Cup, still leads the biennial regatta by ten points over American Ken Colburn who is representing the host yacht club.

There are no throwouts, therefore all 11 races will count towards team scores.

Watson, who finished sixth in the previous Invitational Cup, is competing with Ben Nicholls, Jon Corless, Peter Martin, Joe Hoffman, Tom Clarke, John Lee, Gaven Black, Mary Justine Gerathy and Rockal Evans.

Officiating at this week’s regatta is RBYC commodore and ISAF recognised international umpire and judge Peter Shrubb.

n Comet sailor Stevie Dickinson and crew Chevonne Robinson won last weekend’s Mid Atlantic Boat Club Long Distance Race.

The East End Mini Yacht Club stalwart continued his dominance over the rest of the Comet fleet after beating West End Sail Boat Club duo Gladwin Lambert and Greg Proctor to the finish line by a comfortable margin.

Capping off memorable day of racing for East End sailors was Scott Fox and crew Stefan Furbert who finished third.

Flying the RBYC banner: Mark Watson Photo © Dan Nerney/NYYC ¬

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Published September 17, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 17, 2011 at 8:24 am)

Watson places 10th and 11th

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