In the past eleven times, the Morgan Cup Invitational Team Race was either won by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club or host New York Yacht Club. Now, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club ensured that it would not happen in this year and New York Yacht Club got the Morgan Cup in a great manner.
The website of the New York Yacht Club boasted NHYC’s feat saying: “Newport Harbor Wins 2014 Morgan Cup: It’s a Cinderella Story.” A pinch to the regatta format got another life into the prospects of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club winning Morgan Cup at Harbour Court on Sunday, in Newport, R.I. It was retweeted by hundreds, not least the PlainSailing.com twitter account.
Then, the whole team took full advantage of the scope, fighting through a handful of win-or-get-out games to claim one of team racing’s coveted honors. In doing that, the Newport Harbor became the 3rd yacht club to win Morgan Cup, as Seawanhaka Corinthian and New York had won it since the year 2003.
In a press release, Newport Harbor Yacht Club captain Brian Bissell said: “We hold [the Morgan Cup] as probably the toughest event on the [yacht club team racing] circuit,”
“There’s a reason only two teams have ever won it; it’s because those two teams are really good. We’re happy to be the first non-New York or Seawanhaka team to win it.”
He added that they started off a bit slow, they lost their first 3 races of the event and they ended the 1st day below .500. On Saturday, they thought that they were eliminated. However, the next day with all boats being organized on the starting line, they timed it right and came in with a full head of steam in the light air races. The starts were very important.