San Diego Yacht Club repeats as Morgan Cup champion
Trophy remains in Southern California as San Diego team win keelboat invitational.
NEWPORT, Rhode Island — The coveted Morgan Cup remains in Southern California, as the San Diego Yacht Club becomes the first repeat champions of the East Coast regatta since 2012.
San Diego YC defeated New York Yacht Club, 3-1, in the keelboat team event held at Newport, Rhode Island; the regatta was held Aug. 4-6. Only one other Southern California racing team – Newport Harbor Yacht Club – won the Morgan Cup; the Orange County yacht club won the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta in 2014.
This year’s invitational regatta featured 10 teams competing for the Morgan Cup, including three from California.
Jake Reynolds captained San Diego YC’s team in this year’s invitational; also on the roster were Carissa Crawford, Marly Isler, Nicolas Kashak, Jake LaDow, Nick Martin, AJ Reiter, Andy Reiter, Scott Shinks, Erik Shampain, Nevin Snow and Duncan Swain.
Newport Harbor YC and St. Francis Yacht Club also represented California at the Newport, Rhode Island regatta.
The rest of the field comprised of New York YC, Long Island’s Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Corinthian Yacht Club, Eastern YC, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Yale Corinthian Yacht Club and College of Charleston.
St. Francis YC finished the regatta in third, with Yale Corinithian YC rounding out the Top 4.
New York YC and Seawanhaka Corinthian YC exclusively dominated the Morgan Cup through 2013, each club collectively winning the first 11 regattas. The keelboat invitational first launched in 2003, with New York YC claiming the first-ever Morgan Cup and Seawanhaka Corinthian YC winning it all in year two.
The next five regattas belonged to New York YC, but Seawanhaka Corinthian responded with a streak of three consecutive Morgan Cup wins in 2010, 2011 and 2012. New York YC would own the Morgan Cup in 2013 and 2015, but the trophy has been in Southern California three times in the past four years, thanks to San Diego YC’s back-to-back wins and Newport Harbor YC’s victory in 2014.
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