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RBYC struggle in last race of NY Cup regatta

Any hopes Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) may have had of making a final surge up the leaderboard in the final race of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup dissipated in Saturday’s light and shifty breezes in Newport, Rhode Island.

In the end skipper Mark Watson and crew had to be content with a 16th place finish among the 22-boat fleet.

Watson’s Swan 42

Tiburon came across the line in 18th position in Saturday’s final race of the 11-race series involving sailors from 16 countries and five different continents.

Watson’s best showing this time around arrived in the fifth and sixth races in which he placed eighth.

Crewing for the Argo Group CEO this year were Ben Nicolls, John Lee, Jon Corless, Joe Hoffman, Peter Martin, Mary Justine Gerathy, Gaven Black, Tom Clarke and Rockal Evans.

Royal Canadian Yacht Club, led by past Americas Cup sailor and Olympic medallists Terry McLaughlin, won the biennial regatta by ten points over hosts club and defending champions New York Yacht Club.

McLaughlin, who is due to compete in next month’s Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, led Saturday’s final race from start to finish to claim his second win of the series.

Rounding off the top three, another five points adrift of the leaders, was Annapolis Yacht Club.

Mark Watson and crew competing at New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. File photo.

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Published September 19, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 19, 2011 at 9:57 am)

RBYC struggle in last race of NY Cup regatta

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