Eastern Yacht Club Rises to the Occasion, Claims Second Consecutive Morgan Cup Title
The path to Eastern Yacht Club’s second straight win in the Morgan Cup Team Race, held over the weekend at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, was almost the exact opposite of its inaugural win last August.
Eastern Yacht Club won a respectable six of nine matches in Friday’s round-robin, then went 1-3 in a secondary round-robin on Saturday among the top five teams. But that was enough to earn a spot in the knock-out tournament, where Eastern Yacht Club beat New York Yacht Club-Shanahan in the quarterfinals and Corinthian Yacht Club in the semis before dispatching Newport Harbor Yacht Club 2-0 in the finals to claim the trophy.
The racing, in the knock-out portion of the regatta, was particularly frenetic. No match more so than in the semifinal duel between Eastern and Corinthian, two storied yacht clubs separated by a few hundred feet of rocky shoreline on Marblehead Neck, north of Boston.
The two clubs regularly spar on Marblehead Harbor, but this best-of-three match was a notch or two above a weeknight practice. Corinthian won the Morgan Cup in 2021—when Eastern finished second—and took second last year.
New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup