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Fishing Bay Yacht Club is among the teams in the 2012 US Qualifying Series racing in a split-fleet format that will end with the top three teams earning a berth for the 2013 Invitational Cup. Champions from most of the major one designs and offshore classes are represented on the team rosters including former Olympians and collegiate All Americans. Starting Wednesday, Blake Kimbrough, John Wake and Matt Braun will be among the 100 sailors competing in J/70s and NYYC's fleet of Sonars.
With the inaugural Invitational Cup in 2009, New York Yacht Club set the stage for a high caliber Corinthian (amateur) yacht race that connects all the great sailing clubs of the world. Won first by the host club and sailed in the NYYC Swan 42, the event has since fine-tuned the concept to include a qualifier series open to the top U.S. yacht clubs held on the off years of the biennial Invitational Cup. The event is now considered the pinnacle of a growing number of inter-club competitions in the U.S.
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On behalf of our team, we'd like to offer a huge THANK YOU to our Campaign Head, Noel Clinard.
Over the past three weeks he has rigged and derigged his Sonar three times; logged thousands of miles driving/towing from Deltaville to Falmouth, MA to Rochester, NY back to Deltaville, back to Rochester and then home again to Richmond. Along the way he also served on race committee for the New England Champs and spent 9 nights in hotels away from his family in support of our Team.
We truly can't thank you enough for all of your time, effort and contributions to the campaign. THANK YOU Noel!!!
Plans are underway with North Point Yacht Sales of Annapolis for a J70 demo at FBYC on May 19 and 20, during OD and Offshore racing. Anyone curious about the new J Boat will be given a ride. The FBYC RIB will be used to shuttle sailors to the J70, before, during, between or after racing. In addition, Team FBYC, preparing to race J70s in the NYYC USQS, will get some “time in the boat.” Lud Kimbrough will be the on-site coordinator for the demo program. Watch this space for details and email Noel Clinard now, saying “I want a ride!” See “Read More” below for more exciting news on the J70 racing circuit in 2013.
As in 2010, we are conducting a fund raising campaign to defray the expenses beyond the entry fee and those expenses paid by the individual sailors. Last time, the campaign was supported generously by substantial gifts by FBYC members who were also members of NYYC, by the individual sailing participants and their families, and by several other members who simply wished to support this prestigious endeavor. We hope these and many other members will be generous again this year.
The New York Yacht Club has invited FBYC to compete in the 2012 U.S. Qualifying Series (“USQS”) for the 2013 Invitational Cup (“IC”). This is the second time we have been invited to this premiere event. In 2010, the Club Team of Travis Weisleder, Rob Whittemore, Lud Kimbrough and Ben Buhl brought us honor by finishing in the top ten finalist round of the USQS. It is an extraordinary recognition of FBYC for us to be re-invited to the most prestigious event in amateur Corinthian yachting.
The USQS will continue the format in which U.S. teams compete in two fleets of one-design keelboats, as they vie to be one of only three domestic yacht clubs to compete in the Swan 42 with about 20 clubs from 14 nations in the 2013 IC. Unlike the 2010 USQS, in which the boats were the J/22 and Sonar, in 2012, the new J Boat J/70 will be featured with the Sonar when, as NYYC says, “24 of the nation’s most competitive yacht clubs compete” off Newport, RI from September 4 to 8. The top three finishers will earn the right to compete in Swan 42s in the 2013 IC presented by Rolex.