McIntyre Team Race Champs 2016

The McIntyre Team Race for the JSA was once again hosted by SUNY Maritime in the Bronx, NY. Thank you to the entire SUNY Maritime staff for hosting this event again and lending their facilities to the twelve teams in attendance. With up to seven members on each team accompanied by their coaches we had just about 100 people each day.

The event began Wednesday July 13th with a great SW breeze starting off at 5-10mph and building to 15mph throughout the day. The format called for a round robin of all twelve teams, 66 total races, before breaking into a gold/silver round. Lead Coaches Brian Clancy (Cornell University), John Pearce (US Sailing), and Chris Klevan (US Coast Guard Academy) facilitated the racing and conducted large and small group de-briefs throughout the event. These debriefs consisted of team racing strategy and going over plays.

We couldn’t have asked for better sailing conditions on the first day of racing, and in total 56 races were completed. At the end of the 1st round of racing Riverside YC team 1, Noroton YC team 1, and Orient YC were tied at the top with (9-2) records, closely followed by American YC team 1 and American YC team 2 with (8-3) records. 

The second day of the event called for slightly better conditions and winds ranged from 10-15 mph all day. We were able to complete the first round of racing, break for lunch/debrief, and split into Gold/Silver brackets. We went back out for more sailing after the break and completed both Gold and Silver round robins. Riverside 1 brought their A game in the gold round and went undefeated with a 5-0 record bringing their overall record to (14-2). Meanwhile Orient, American 1, American 2, and Noroton 1 all finished the Gold Round with (11-5) overall records.

It was much closer racing in the Gold and Silver round with like competition squaring off and utilizing the tips from the debriefs. The overall level of the regatta was noticeably better and deeper this year. 

In the Silver round of racing the WaterFront Center team made big strides and also went undefeated with a (5-0) record moving up the standings and showing that they had been paying attention. Larchmont 1 led the silver fleet with a (9-7) overall record while the WaterFront moved to (8-8).

Unfortunately Day 3 of the regatta was a wash. The East River was glassed off all day long and the temperatures hit the high 90’s. No racing on Day 3 solidified the victory for Riverside 1, three wins ahead of the rest. The 4-way tie for second was tricky to break. The record for each team when tied teams met was 3-3, and therefore we moved to the subsequent “points” tie-breaker. This method adds up all the points for all the teams when tied teams met. After that process we determined that American 2 and American 1 were second and third respectively.

Thank you to Rob Craffa, SUNY Maritime Waterfront Director for graciously hosting the event. And thank you to Chuck McCarthy and Bob Whittredge at the JSA for making things happen behind the scenes for another successful McIntyre Team Race.


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Results and team rotations are posted here.