Newport Harbor Yacht Club wins Baldwin Cup

Thunder defeats Larchmont Yacht Club Team Racing in April 14 final.

NEWPORT BEACH — Thunder did in 2018 what it couldn’t do versus Lightning in 2017: win the Balwin Cup.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Thunder defeated Larchmont Yacht Club Team Racing, 2-1, on April 14 to keep the Baldwin Cup in Central Orange County.

This year’s Baldwin Cup was held at Newport Harbor YC, April 12-14.

Larchmont YC, which is located just north of New York City, won the Baldwin Cup in 2013.

“After wind delays, tight racing, and a finish that raced the sunset in Newport Beach, NHYC Thunder has re-taken the Baldwin Cup,” the regatta’s organizers stated shortly after the race. “A first to two wins finals, Larchmont won the first race, but NHYC Thunder fought back to win the second. Competitive down to the very end, Thunder showed their steely discipline to win the final race of the regatta.”

Teams competing in the 2018 Baldwin Cup were: Annapolis Yacht Club (Annapolis, Maryland); Balboa Yacht Club (Newport Beach); Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Porto Cuervo, Italy); Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Massachusetts); Larchmont YC; New York Yacht Club (New York City); Royal Thames YC; St. Francis YC; San Diego Yacht Club (San Diego); Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans); and two teams from Newport Harbor YC (Lightning and Thunder).

Newport Harbor YC’s Lightning won the Baldwin Cup last year, defeating Royal Thames Yacht Club (London), Thunder and St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco) in three rounds of competitive sailing.

Thunder won the Baldwin Cup for the fourth time in five years; the Newport Harbor YC racing team also won in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The cup has stayed with Newport Harbor YC each year since Larchmont YC won in 2013.

Southern YC won the first Baldwin YC in 2008, followed by three consecutive victories by New York YC.

The Baldwin Cup was conceived by members of Newport Harbor YC in 2007 and officially launched in 2008. Racing takes place in an arena-style setting at the yacht club’s mooring field.

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Photo credit: Pam Bacich


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