Eagan Brothers Apply Southern Heat on Day 3 of the Resolute Cup
16 September 2016
NEWPORT, R.I. (September 16, 2016) — In many respects, Marcus Eagan has been here before. He's a veteran Melges 20 skipper and no stranger to success on the grand stage, having finished second in the class's 2013 world championship. He's also a two-time college All-American and well versed in what's required to succeed in the short-course, strict-one-design, multi-race format that is integral to collegiate sailing and a hallmark of the 2016 Resolute Cup. After a day that saw Eagan and his Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.) teammates—his brother Andrew Eagan and tactician Jackson Benvenutti—establish a commanding lead in the race for the Resolute Cup, the soft-spoken southerner spoke like one who also knows that there is no trophy for leading on Day 3 of a four-day regatta.
"We look at it that there's not a throwout and we battle every race," said Marcus Eagan. "We just take each race and grind it out. Mentally we're just shot. We're hoping tomorrow might be a little less chaotic, shifty, and more straightforward. But I don't know. We've just got one more day, we'll see how it goes."
Tomorrow is the final day of competition for the 28 teams competing for the 2016 Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs. Each team is comprised of three or four amateur sailors, all members of the club they represent. The first two days of the regatta were used to select the 10 teams that are sailing the final two days in the Melges 20s for the Resolute Cup and a pair of spots in the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The remaining 18 are racing in the Sonars for Silver Fleet honors. The 2016 Resolute Cup is sponsored by Porsche, Helly Hansen and Melges Performance Sailboats.
Through three days of competition in two different classes and a full range of wind and tide conditions, the Southern Yacht Club crew has been unbelievably consistent. Of their 12 qualifying finishes, only two were outside the top 3. Today, sailing against the top five teams from each qualifying group, they were just as strong, winning the first and last race, with a third and two seconds for good measure. The other nine teams each had at least one finish of eighth or higher. The net result is a 12-point lead over second place, Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.) with Shelter Island (N.Y) Yacht Club in third with 23 points.
"The way we sail is very conservative," said Marcus Eagan. "Our goal is to be top-five at the first mark and pick off one or two guys down the run. We don't really take a lot of chances, and I think that's paying off."
That could well be the understatement of the regatta.
Racing for the final day will start at 1030. A live, multi-camera webcast, with commentary from America's Cup sailor Andy Green, national champion Jon Rogers and America's Cup umpire Brad Dellenbaugh, will allow sailing fans, and fellow yacht club members, from around the country to follow and root on their team. The LiveStream broadcast can be found here. Live tracking of each race can be found here, or via the TracTrac app for iPhones and Android devices.
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Gold Fleet (Melges 20): 1. Southern Yacht Club, 9; 2. Eastern Yacht Club, 21; 3. Shelter Island Yacht Club, 23; 4. Storm Trysail Club, 26; 5. New Bedford Yacht Club, 26; 6. Balboa Yacht Club, 26; 7. St. Francis Yacht Club, 30; 8. Austin Yacht Club, 35; 9. New York Yacht Club, 35; 10. Sea Cliff Yacht Club, 38.
Silver Fleet (Sonar): 1. Larchmont Yacht Club, 27; 2. Beverly Yacht Club, 27; 3. Bayview Yacht Club 31; 4. The Cleveland Yachting Club, 33; 5. Lake Geneva Yacht Club, 39; 6. Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, 40; 7. San Diego Yacht Club, 40; 8. Carolina Yacht Club, 42; 9. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 43; 10. Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, 44, 11. Chicago Yacht Club, 44; 12. Wadawanuck Yacht Club, 45; 13. Nantucket Yacht Club, 63; 14. Sandusky Yacht Club, 63; 15. Coral Reef Yacht Club, 64; 16. American Yacht Club, 64; 17. Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia, 72; 18. Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, 82.
American Yacht Club (Rye, N.Y.); Austin (Texas) Yacht Club; Balboa Yacht Club (Corona del Mar, Calif.); Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit); Beaufort (S.C.) Yacht and Sailing Club; Beverly Yacht Club (Marion, Mass.); Carolina Yacht Club (Charleston, S.C.); Chicago Yacht Club; The Cleveland Yachting Club (Rocky River, Ohio); Coral Reef Yacht Club (Miami); Corinthian Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia (Essington, Penn.); Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); Lake Geneva Yacht Club (Fontana, Wis.); Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Nantucket (Mass.) Yacht Club; New Bedford Yacht Club (South Dartmouth, Mass.); New York Yacht Club; Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.); San Diego Yacht Club; Sandusky (Ohio) Sailing Club; Sea Cliff (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.); Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans); St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco); Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.); Wadawanuck Club (Stonington, Conn.); Winnipesaukee Yacht Club (Gilford, N.H.)