Volvo Ocean Race 70 duirng build (Photo by Yvan Zedda / Volvo Ocean Race)

Groupama 4 build at MULTIPLAST in Vannes, France, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.(Photo by Alain Paulhac / Volvo Ocean Race)

  According to a rule, which is new for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, from 16 March 2011, the teams entered in the race can now only sail their 2011-12 race boats. This now allows other potential syndicates to acquire these second generation Volvo Open 70s, including the winning and second placed boats from 2008-09, to work towards being on the startline in October.

Jack Lloyd, Race Director, says the introduction of the new rule that effectively forbids two-boat testing is part of the ongoing cost cutting measures introduced by the race organisation. “The measures were implemented following the 2008-09 event and cover from the way in which the boat and the sails are produced through to training with the new boats.
 “The costs involved in two-boat testing are very high as a second boat needs to be maintained in full race condition and requires a full crew to sail and maintain the boat.
“This measure will not rush the boat builds as the teams have known about the rule since late 2009 and they have planned their build schedule around the availability of funds and the design process. They all know how much time each process takes and that trying to cut corners may affect the quality of the final product.”
To comply with the rule, the teams have taken a break from sea trials on the training boats and are now fully focused on the completion of their new Volvo Open 70s, which will be launched this spring. With less than 32 weeks until the first in-port race in Alicante, launching the boats and resuming training is a priority and a major milestone on every team’s agenda.
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team have just returned from Persico’s state-of-the-art facility in northern Italy where the boat is being built and are pleased with the progress that has been made.   “We were impressed with Persico’s attention to detail and are confident that we will have a very impressive Volvo Open 70 for the Alicante start line,” says skipper Ian Walker.
“I saw the keel fin being milled, the finishing of the keel bulb and the joining of the deck to hull. It is like a huge jigsaw coming together in a surprisingly orderly fashion. I can’t wait to see the progress when I return in a fortnight,” he adds.In Newport, Rhode Island, USA, PUMA Ocean Racing Team eagerly awaits il Mostro’s successor. “The end of a new boat build is always the same story. The sailing team is chomping at the bit to get the boat out of the shed and take it for a ride, and the boat build team is trying to keep the boat in the shed to finish every little detail. At the end of the day the sailors have to learn patience and let the build experts do their thing,” says skipper Ken Read.
Groupama Sailing Team plans to launch Groupama 4 on 9 May and although her hull has been removed from the mould, there is still a great amount of work to do.
“We’re less than two months from the planned launch. The major structural changes are done, but there is still some grafting (carbon bonding) to finish. We then have to manufacture the fittings and install the systems: hydraulics, engine, deck hardware, galley and electronics,” explains Groupama’s head of construction, Pierre Tissier.
“Part of these installations will take place at the Multiplast yard in Vannes, France,  then Groupama 4 will be transported by road to the team base in Lorient at the end of April for the finishing touches,” adds Tissier, who has been monitoring the build of the new monohull from the start.


To watch the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team’s video update

Carina Winner Of  (Photo by George Bekris )

Carina Winner Of St. David's Lighthouse Division At Start (Photo by George Bekris )


Owned and sailed by Rives Potts (Westbrook, CT) with a crew blending four families, Carina is the 46th winner of the race’s top trophy in the 104-year history of the race, which runs 635 miles from Newport, RI to St. David’s Light, Bermuda.
The 48-foot McCurdy & Rhodes designed sloop won on corrected time under the Offshore Racing Rule by the very large margin of 3 hours, 35 minutes over Gregory B. Manning’s Sarah  (Warwick, RI). Belle Aurore, a Cal 40 owned by R. Douglas Jurrius (Easton, MD) was third, seven minutes behind Sarah.

Carina’s chances for winning looked good but hardly certain when she finished the race at dawn Tuesday. Her chief challenge came from Belle Aurore and three other boats in Class 1, the small-boat class. Any of them could save their time and elbow Carina off the victory podium should she finish by about 7 PM. Many sailors at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and elsewhere spent much of Tuesday following the quartet’s progress on the online iBoattrack tracker. In the end, nobody was able to save their time on Carina.

Those four smaller boats still did well. Belle Aurore won Class 1 and took third place in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. Two other Cal 40s, Peter Rebovich’s two-time defending champion Sinn Fein (Metuchen, NJ) and Bill Leroy’s Gone with the Wind (Tiburon, CA), took second in the class and seventh in the division, and third in class and eighth in the division, respectively.  The fourth boat, David G. Dickerson’s Peterson 38 Lindy, was fourth in class and 20th in the division.

Carina also won the North Rock Beacon Trophy as the top boat under the IRC Rule, with a margin of nearly four hours over Gracie, a custom 69-footer owned by Stephen and Simon Frank (Darien and Rowayton, CT). Gracie was also designed by McCurdy & Rhodes. Third under IRC was Arbella, a First 44.7 owned by James Shaughnessy (Greenwich, CT).

As of Noon ADT Wednesday, 9 boats in the 183-boat fleet were still on the race course. This is the third largest Newport Bermuda Race since it was founded in 1906. The St. David’s Lighthouse Division, for amateur crews, is the largest of the race’s five divisions, with 103 boats this year. 

Invictus At Start (Photo by George Bekris)

  Invictus At Start (Photo by George Bekris)


2010 Newport Bermuda Race


Place, Yacht, Owner, Origin, Results (ORR(Cls, Div) / IRC(Cls, Div))

Class 1 (11 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division

1. Belle Aurore, Cal 40, R Douglas Jurrius, Oxford, MD, 1, 3 / 1, 8
2. Sinn Fein, Cal 40, Peter S. Rebovich, Sr., Metuchen, NJ, 2, 7 / 2, 10
3. Gone With The Wind, Cal 40, William M. LeRoy, San Francisco, CA, 3, 8 / NA, NA
4. Lindy, Peterson 38, David G. Dickerson, Niantic Bay, 4, 20 / NA, NA
5. Aurora, Tartan 41, Andrew F. Kallfelz, Jamestown, RI, 5, 22 / 3, 26
6. Frolic, Sabre 362, Peter G. Brown, Greenwich, CT, 6, 26 / 4, 37
7. Hiro Maru, Swan 43 Classic, Hiroshi Nakajima, Stamford, CT, 7, 34 / 5, 40
8. Spirit, Baltic 38DP, A. John Gregg, Philadelphia, 8, 90 / 6, 98
Class 2 (15 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
1. Cygnette, Swan 441, William J. Mayer, Jamestown RI, 1, 5 / 1, 19
2. Swift, Navy 44 MK1, US Naval Academy, US Naval Academy, 2, 13 / 2, 24
3. Avenir, C&C 41, Joseph T. Murray, Bristol, RI, 3, 16 / NA, NA
4. Jacqueline IV, Hinckley SW42, Robert S. Forman, Jr, West Islip, NY, 4, 28 / 3, 47
5. Akela III, Swan 43, Djoerd Hoekstra, Oxford, MD, 5, 36 / NA, NA
6. Flirt, Navy 44 MK1, US NAVAL ACADEMY, US Naval Academy, 6, 44 / 4, 60
7. Mojoe, Peterson 43, Joseph M. Naroski, Marblehead, MA, 7, 45 / 5, 65
8. Rainmaker, Swan 40, Kenneth P. Hylwa Mr., Jamestown, RI, 8, 58 / NA, NA
9. Misty, J-40 WK, Fred A. Allardyce, Watch Hill, RI, 9, 62 / 6, 69
10. Beausoleil, Beneteau 456SD, Richard A Parent, New Harbor, ME, 10, 64 / 7, 79
11. Zwerver, S&S 57′ Berm Cut, Frans van Schaik, Rotterdam (NLD), 11, 65 / 8, 83
12. Morgan Of Marietta, Centurion 42, Colin G Golder, Newport RI, 12, 85 / 10, 93
13. Greyghost, Zaal 38, Philip W. Parish, Georgetown, MD, 13, 89 / 9, 87
14. Zest, Hinckley SW42, Brian E. Swiggett, Jamestown, RI, 14, 93 / 12, 97
15. Regatta, Carter 41, Constantine G. Koste, Oxford, MD, 15, 97 / 11, 95
Class 3 (14 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
1. Carina, Ctm 48, Rives Potts, Westbrook, CT, 1, 1 / 1, 1
2. Dolphin, J-42, Henry S. Morgan, Annapolis, MD, 2, 10 / 2, 13
3. Xenophon, Swan 44 MKII, Jeffrey V. Rabuffo, MD, Newport, RI, 3, 12 / 5, 27
4. Triple Lindy, Swan 44 MK II, Joseph Mele, New York, NY, 4, 15 / 6, 32
5. Finesse, J-42, Newton P.S. Merrill, St. George, ME, 5, 17 / 3, 21
6. Babe, Swan 46, Colin E. Couper MD, Newport, RI, 6, 18 / 4, 25
7. Amigo VI, J-42, Bernie P. Coyne, Marblehead, MA, 7, 33 / 7, 45
8. True, J-42 (mod), Howard B. Hodgson, Jr., Newport, RI, 8, 37 / NA, NA
9. Whisper, Canning 48, Sheldon Brotman, Martha’s Vineyard, 9, 43 / 9, 56
10. Kalevala II, Grand Soleil 37, Tapio O. Saavalainen, Annapolis, MD, 10, 49 / 8, 55
11. Apsara, J-109, Mike Sleightholme, New Rochelle, NY, 11, 76 / 10, 76
12. Jade, J-42, Robert W. Thuss, Jr., Atlantic Highlands, 12, 81 / 11, 90
13. Tiger, Swan 46, Thomas & Nancy Grieb, Newport, RI, 13, 82 / NA, NA
14. Sailor Bandido, Quest 33, Christopher A. Palabrica, Chicago, IL, 14, 96 / NA, NA
Class 4 (13 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
1. Windborn, J-120, Richard W. Born, Annapolis, MD, 1, 31 / NA, NA
2. Lapin, Benn Frst 40.7, Christopher Clark, Greenwich, CT, 2, 32 / 2, 41
3. Thejackal, Beneteau 40.7, John DeFilippo, Annapolis, MD, 3, 35 / 3, 43
4. Slide Rule, First 44.7, Scott Bearse, Barnstable, MA, 4, 46 / 1, 5
5. Hound, Ctm 60, Eberhart Frank, Vinalhaven, ME, 5, 50 / 9, 74
6. Shinnecock, J-120, James C. Praley, Annapolis, MD, 6, 51 / 4, 48
7. Valkyrie, First 44.7, David Andril, West River, MD, 7, 55 / 8, 72
8. Ricochet, J-120, USCGA, New London, CT, 8, 57 / 5, 61
9. Terrapin, Beneteau 40.7, Jonathan Litt, Riverside, CT, 9, 59 / 6, 62
10. Dogsled, Kaufman 47, Todd F. Barnard, Halifax, NS, 10, 60 / NA, NA
11. Ragana, Cape Fear 38R, Darius Peleda, Stmford, CT, 11, 71 / 10, 75
12. Star Chaser, Swan 51, Wijnand (Boogie) van den Boogaard, London, UK, 12, 74 / 7, 66
13. Rocket Science, J-120, Rick F. Oricchio, Black Rock, CT, 13, 84 / 11, 85
Class 5 (9 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
1. Glory, J-44, Jack Neades/ USCGA, New London, CT, 1, 29 / 2, 36
2. Runaway, J-44, Lawrence R. Glenn, Oyster Bay, NY, 2, 40 / 3, 38
3. Vamp, J-44, Leonard J. Sitar, Atlantic Highlands, 3, 41 / 1, 34
4. Resolute, J-44 WK, Fred Madeira, Cumberland, ME, 4, 42 / 5, 53
5. Beagle, J-44, Philip H. Gutin, New York, NY, 5, 53 / 4, 46
6. Gold Digger, J-44, James D. Bishop, Jamestown, RI, 6, 73 / 6, 70
7. Charlie V, J-44, Norman H. Schulman MD, Glen Cove, NY, 7, 83 / 7, 80
8. Sirena Bella, J-44, Joe Murli, Mystic, CT, 8, 91 / 9, 94
9. Akubra, J-44, Reginald H. Goodday Dr., Halifax, NS, 9, 99 / 8, 91
Class 6 (13 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
1. Sarah, X-41, Gregory B. Manning, Warwick, RI, 1, 2 / 2, 4
2. Arbella, First 44.7, James P. Shaughnesy, Greenwich, CT, 2, 9 / 1, 3
3. Relativity, Beneteau 53F5, Hall Palmer, St. Thomas, USVI, 3, 48 / 3, 42
4. Buzz, Sydney 38, Richard E. Stevenson, Jr, Falmouth, ME, 4, 54 / NA, NA
5. Sirensong, J-133, Thomas J Carroll, Larchmont, NY, 5, 61 / 4, 63
6. Cilista, J-130, Jeffrey L. Eberle, Manchester, MA, 6, 63 / 5, 64
7. Merlin, Swan 57, John H Duerden, Stonington, CT, 7, 68 / NA, NA
8. Avra, J-120 Mod, George Petrides, New York, NY, 8, 70 / 7, 77
9. Fearless, Farr 395 OD, Shaun J. Ensor, Branford, CT, 9, 75 / 6, 68
10. American Girl, King 40, Daniel Galyon, Stamford, CT, 10, 87 / 10, 92
11. Amadeus, IMX-40, Jack R. Yaissle, Royal Oak, MD, 11, 88 / NA, NA
12. Upgrade, Farr 395, Peter Gibbons-Neff, Annapolis, MD, 12, 94 / 8, 84
13. Bacci, Swan 53, Lorenzo Vascotto, Oyster Bay, NY, 13, 95 / 9, 88
Class 7 (16 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
1. Temptation, Taylor 45, Arthur & Peter Santry, Newport, RI, 1, 4 / 2, 9
2. Barleycorn, NYYC Swan 42, Brendan J. Brownyard, Newport, RI, 2, 11 / 1, 6
3. Vortices, J-145, Christopher L Saxton, Plymouth, MI, 3, 21 / NA, NA
4. White Rhino, Swan 56, Todd Stuart, Wilmington, DE, 4, 23 / 3, 12
5. Bombardino, Santa Cruz 52, James W. Sykes, Rye,NY, 5, 25 / 4, 17
6. High Noon, Tripp 41, Colin Rath, Norwalk, CT, 6, 27 / 5, 33
7. Xcelsior, IMX-45, Alice O. Martin, Chicago, IL, 7, 38 / 7, 51
8. Reindeer, Morris 47, Peter/Tony Driscoll/Parker, Annapolis, MD, 8, 47 / 6, 50
9. Cybele, IMX-45, Richard M. Burnes, Jr, Boston, MA, 9, 52 / 9, 71
10. Jacknife, J-133, Andrew Hall, Caernarfon, 10, 56 / 8, 54
11. Nasty Medicine, Corby 41.5, Stephen J. Sherwin MD, Hamilton, BDA, 11, 66 / 12, 82
12. Threebeans, Santa Cruz 37, Christopher Rosow, Southport, CT, 12, 79 / 11, 81
13. Magic, Santa Cruz 52, Kenneth Laudon, Rye, NY, 13, 86 / 13, 86
14. Convictus Maximus, Farr IRC 42, Donald W. Nicholson, Perth Amboy, NJ, 14, 92 / 10, 78
15. Wazimo, Aerodyne 38, W. Barrett Holby, Jr., Barrington, RI, 15, 98 / NA, NA
16. Flying Goose, Ctm 56, Daniel C. van Starrenburg, New York, NY, 16, 100 / 14, 96
Class 8 (12 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
1. Gracie, Ctm 69, Stephan A. & Simon W Frank, Newport, RI, 1, 6 / 1, 2
2. Aurora, Reichel/Pugh 66, Gus Carlson, New York, NY, 2, 14 / 5, 22
3. Brand New Day, J-65, James C. Madden, Newport Beach, CA, 3, 19 / 2, 11
4. Denali, Nelson Marek 70, Michael A. D’Amelio, Buzzards Bay, MA, 4, 24 / 3, 16
5. Sforzando, Ker 55, Clayton G. Deutsch, Newport, RI, 5, 30 / 4, 18
6. Kodiak, Swan 601, E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Newport, RI, 6, 39 / 6, 29
7. Vanquish, STP 65, Rego / Riker Lucas / USMMA, Kings Point, NY, 7, 67 / 7, 39
8. Mischievous, Ctm 65, Albert J. Fitzgibbons,III, Stonington, CT, 8, 69 / 12, 89
9. Donnybrook, Ctm Sloop, James P. Muldoon, Annapolis, MD, 9, 72 / 9, 57
10. Invictus, TP52, US Naval Academy, US Naval Academy, 10, 77 / 8, 52
11. Starlight, Simonis Voogd 56, Michael Dybvik, Kings Point, NY, 11, 78 / 11, 73
12. Big Booty, Lutra 42, Patrick Eudy, Charleston, SC, 12, 80 / 10, 67
Class 9 (8 Boats) – Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division
1. Noonmark VI, Swan 56, Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy, Hamble, UK, 1, 1 / 1, 7
2. Snow Lion, Ker 50, Lawrence S. Huntington, New York, NY, 2, 2 / 2, 14
3. Hoi An, Ctm 50, Heilner Marc, London, UK, 3, 3 / 6, 44
4. Natalie J, TP52, Philip D. O’Niel III, D.D.S., Newport, RI, 4, 4 / 3, 15
5. Catapult Racing, SouthernCross 52, Marc Glimcher, Essex CT, 5, 5 / 5, 30
6. Vela Veloce, Southern Cross, Richard H Oland, RKYC, Saint John, NB, 6, 6 / 4, 23
7. Captivity, Farr 60, Samuel T. Byrne, Newport, RI, 7, 7 / 8, 59
8. Rima2, R/P 55, John Brim, Newport, RI, 8, 9 / 7, 49
Class 10 (5 Boats) – Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division
1. Ran, JV 72, Niklas Zennstrom, Ramsey, Isle of Man, 1, 8 / 1, 20
2. Bella Mente, Mini Maxi, Hap Fauth, Newport, RI, 2, 10 / 2, 28
3. Beau Geste, Farr 80, Karl Kwok, BVI, 3, 11 / 4, 35
4. Titan Xv, Ctm 75, Tom Hill, Mr., Newport, RI., 4, 12 / 3, 31
5. Rambler, Ctm 90, George David, New York, NY, 5, 13 / 5, 58
Class 11 (7 Boats) – Cruiser Division
1. Shearwater, Morris 40, Conrad Hall, Norfolk, VA, 1, 2 / NA, NA
2. Bluebird, Migrant 45 Ketch, Harry Bird, Essex, CT, 2, 3 / NA, NA
3. Temptress, IMX-45, Arent H Kits van Heyningen, Newport, RI, 3, 8 / NA, NA
4. Eclipse, Hinckley 59, Barbara & Robert Cavanagh, Sakonnet Point, RI, 4, 17 / NA, NA
5. Restive, Alden 48 Ctm, George P Denny III, Saunderstown, RI, 5, 31 / NA, NA
Class 12 (16 Boats) – Cruiser Division
1. Laura B, Isl. Packet 45, Joseph R. Triggs, Jr., Avalon, NJ, 1, 4 / NA, NA
2. Cadence, Apogee 50, R. David Warters, Houston, TX, 2, 5 / NA, NA
3. Poeske, First 42, Richard Donn, Thornwood, NY, 3, 6 / NA, NA
4. Bonspiel, Nordic 44, James J. Richter, East Boothbay, ME, 4, 9 / NA, NA
5. Nostos, Alden 44, Lorenzo D. Weisman, Sag Harbor, NY, 5, 11 / NA, NA
6. Bermuda Oyster, Oyster 435, Paul B. Hubbard, Hamilton, BDA, 6, 14 / NA, NA
7. Pilgrim, Alden 44, Mark Rice, Old Lyme, CT, 7, 20 / NA, NA
8. Shindig, Pearson 39-2, Kevin G. Flannery, Newport, RI, 8, 21 / NA, NA
9. Convergence, Jeanneau 43 DS, James Linsley, New York, NY, 9, 24 / NA, NA
10. Freedom, Sabre 452, Cary W. Thomson, Georgetown MD, 10, 25 / NA, NA
11. Liberty Call, HR 43, Matthew G. Pilon, Newport, RI, 11, 27 / NA, NA
12. Eagle, J-40, Dana Oviatt, Mystic, CT, 12, 29 / NA, NA
13. Misty, Little Harbor 54, Eric G. Thorkilsen, Pt. Judith, RI, 13, 32 / NA, NA
14. Haerlem, Swan 55, Hendrikus (Henk) P L Wisker, Newport, RI, 14, 33 / NA, NA
Class 13 (15 Boats) – Cruiser Division
1. Clover III, Swan 56, Neal F. Finnegan, Newport, RI, 1, 1 / NA, NA
2. I’Ll Think About It, Beneteau 523, Marc Tandourjian, Baltimore, MD, 2, 7 / NA, NA
3. Cetacea, Hinckley 59, Christopher J. Culver, Newport, RI, 3, 10 / NA, NA
4. Nova, Swan 56, Mark DiStefano, Newport, RI., 4, 12 / NA, NA
5. Lilla, CNB 76, Simon M. De Pietro, Kingstown, SVG, 5, 13 / NA, NA
6. Whiskey Girl, Hinckley 70, Michael McAllister, Providence, RI, 6, 15 / NA, NA
7. Windwalker II, Lyman Morse 60, Daniel Levangie, Newport, RI, 7, 16 / NA, NA
8. Nirvana, Maxi 80, Charles F Kiefer III, Marblehead, MA, 8, 18 / NA, NA
9. Isola, Baltic 52, Howard M. Eisenberg, Newport, RI, 9, 19 / NA, NA
10. Fox, Swan 53, Ruth M. Pecherek, Chicago, IL, 10, 22 / NA, NA
11. Manana, Swan 48, Michhael V. Johnson, Nantucket, MA, 11, 23 / NA, NA
12. Angel, Ctm 84, Edward T. Anderson, George Town CI, 12, 26 / NA, NA
13. Sceptre’D Isle, Ctm 63, Rex G. Herbert, Newport RI, 13, 28 / NA, NA
14. Blue, C&C 51xl, Dan Epstein, Newport, RI, 14, 30 / NA, NA
15. Rutaine, C&C 37/40+, David P. McLoughlin, Wickford, RI, 15, 34 / NA, NA
Class 14 (12 Boats) – Double-Handed Division
1. Paladin, J-35, Jason A Richter, Port Jefferson, NY, 1, 1 / NA, NA
2. Great Scot, J-35, Darren T Garnier, Marblehead, MA, 2, 2 / NA, NA
3. Lora Ann, Express 37, Richard T. du Moulin, Larchmont,NY, 3, 3 / NA, NA
4. Kiva, Hinkley SW51CB, Mark Stevens, New Castle, NH, 4, 4 / NA, NA
5. Dirigo, C&C 41, Eric M. Johnson, Annapolis, MD, 5, 8 / NA, NA
6. Esmeralde, Sabre 386, Bruce R. Beard, Jr., Newport, RI, 6, 9 / NA, NA
7. Choucas, Jeanneau SF36, Frederic Cosandey, City Island, NY, 7, 11 / NA, NA
8. Ocean Wanderer1, Montivideo 43, Erwin Wanderer, Halifax, NS, 8, 12 / NA, NA
9. Plum Crazy, Sabre MK II, Michael R. Berg, Stage Harbor, MA, 9, 14 / NA, NA
10. Whisper, Hinckley 48, Thomas J. Vander Salm, Salem, MA, 10, 16 / NA, NA
Class 15 (14 Boats) – Double-Handed Division
1. Seabiscuit, J-46, Nathan C. Owen, Mount Desert, ME, 1, 5 / NA, NA
2. Alibi, J-120, Gardner L. Grant, Jr., Westport, CT, 2, 6 / NA, NA
3. Delawana, Swan 51, Hans F. Himmelman, Lunenburg, NS, 3, 7 / NA, NA
4. Heron, J-120, Greg R. Leonard, Annapolis, MD, 4, 10 / NA, NA
5. Mireille, J-120, Edwin Gaynor, Southport, CT, 5, 13 / NA, NA
6. Resolute, J-122, D. Scott Miller, Blue Hill, ME, 6, 15 / NA, NA
7. Dawn Treader, Swan 48 MK II, Lawrence G. Cohen, Gloucester, VA, 7, 17 / NA, NA
8. Next Boat, Morris 45, Mark Ellman, Mamaroneck, NY, 8, 18 / NA, NA
9. Sir Edmund, Ctm 49, Vince E. Todd, San Francisco, CA, 9, 19 / NA, NA
10. Bolands Mill, Class 40, John Ryan, Dublin, 10, 20 / NA, NA
11. Kamoa’E, Class 40, Eric Lecoq, Portsmouth, RI, 11, 21 / NA, NA
12. Dragon, Class 40, Michael S. Hennessy, Mystic, CT, 12, 22 / NA, NA
13. Cutlass, Class 40, Alex / Nick Mehran / Halmos, Newport, RI, 13, 23 / NA, NA
14. Toothface, Akilaria Class40, Michael W. Dreese, Boston, MA, 14, 24 / NA, NA
Class 16 (3 Boats) – Open Division
1. Genuine Risk, Dubois 90, Mark E. Watson III – USMMA, Kings Point, NY, 1, 1 / NA, NA
2. Ilmostro, VOR70, Ken Read, Malta, 2, 2 / NA, NA
3. Speedboat, Maxi, Alex Jackson, Georgetown,GC, 3, 3 / NA, NA
Genuuine Risk At Start Of Bermuda Race (Photo by George Bekris )

Genuuine Risk At Start Of Bermuda Race (Photo by George Bekris )

Bermuda executive Mark Watson made his first race to Bermuda memorable with a corrected time win in Genuine Risk in the Open Division for cant-keel boats. Speedboat, owned by Alex Jackson, took line honors for the race, finishing just before dawn at 3:47:56 with an elapsed time of 59:17:56, well off the course record.  Rán, the Fastnet and Sydney Hobart race winner, finished first in Class 10 and is a strong contender for the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse trophy.

Il Mostro (Puma) skippered by Ken Read, crossed the line second and corrected just behind Genuine Risk. “We were ahead of Il Mostro and Speedboat after we all came out of the Gulf Stream west of the rhumb line,” Watson said. “We decided to take a more easterly angle to avoid a cold eddy with negative current, but that let Speedboat separate from us.” Ralph Steitz, Sailing Director for the US Merchant Marine Academy (owner of Genuine Risk, which Watson sponsored), was one of many sailors who said how much they had enjoyed the race.  “This was the easiest Bermuda Race I’ve ever done and I’ve done a few.”  

Photos of Bermuda Race Start By George Bekris  HERE

PUMA Ocean Racing's IL Mostro (Photo by George Bekris)
PUMA Ocean Racing’s IL Mostro (Photo by George Bekris)

  Rán, Niklas Zennstrom’s JV 72, is the provisional winner in Class 10 for big professional boats in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division after being pushed hard by Tom Hill’s Titan XV for more than 600 miles. George David’s Rambler matched up with Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste and took line honors for these fixed-keel boats. “I’ve never sailed a Bermuda Race when you’re head to head with another boat for so long,” said Rambler’s tactician, Jerry Kirby.  “It came down to the last tack to St. David’s Light.”
Vanquish, co-skippered by Bermudian Buddy Rego and Americans Russell Lucas and Jamie Hilton, crossed the line first in Class 8 for the big boats in the amateur St. David’s Lighthouse Division, but Gus Carlson’s Aurora is the provisional class winner. Some smaller boats have a good shot at winning the division. Carina, skippered by Rives Potts, has a 60-mile lead over her Class 3 competition. In the highly competitive Class 1, Sinn Fein, Peter Rebovich’s Cal 40 and the two-time defending St. David’s winner, has sailed farther west than anybody and is fighting for the lead with David Dickerson’s Lindy.
In the Double-Handed Division, iBoattrack showed Michael Hennessy’s Dragon at the head of the pack, 160 miles from the finish, with the four-time winner Lora Ann not far behind. The Cruising Division’s leader, Clover III, was about 70 miles out on Saturday afternoon with a healthy lead on the 80-footer Nirvana.

Genuine Risk  (Photo by George Bekris)

Genuine Risk (Photo by George Bekris)


Speedboat Crew On Deck

Alex Jackson’s maxi 100-footer sloop Speedboat finished the Newport Bermuda Race early Monday morning at 3:49 AM EDT. Finishing second at 6:25 was Il Mostro (Puma), a 70-foot Volvo Ocean Race boat sailed by Kenny Read, whose brother, Brad, was in Speedboat’s afterguard.  Boat boats sailed in the Open Division for racing yachts with canting keels.
Stan Honey and Crew Of Speedboat  Arrive In Bermuda

Stan Honey and Crew Of Speedboat Arrive In Bermuda

It was a slow race, with Speedboat making the 635-mile course in just over 59 hours after the start at Newport on Friday.  The crew of 25 never reefed the boat. In the light to moderate conditions that prevailed through most of the race, Speedboat was hard pressed by Il Mostro, Rambler, and several boats in the mini-maxi 70-80 foot range over the first third of the course.  “We really didn’t get away from them until we were in the Stream,” navigator Stan Honey said after Speedboat tied up at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s marina early Monday morning. “Then they gained a lot in the light stuff as we came into the finish.”
At 5 AM EDT the mini-maxi Rán on its blog reported less than 10 knots as she beat to windward toward the buoys guarding Bermuda’s reef.  “Titan is downwind from us and is not a threat. Rambler and Beau Geste are upwind and in front as we thought they would. We are still in a strong position although it now looks like Beau Geste is the biggest threat. Just a few more hours to go.”
At 6:30 the blog reported, “As we are approaching the finish slowly but surely, we are all on deck, no more watches, all are on duty for the final stretch. Coffee and tea served on the rail – black only as no more milk powder onboard. Very calm water. Wind speed of 9 knots –
just over – and land in sight.”

Dark n Stormys Being Prepared At The Dock

Traditional Dark n Stormys Being Prepared At The Dock For Speedboat Crew

 by John Rousmaniere
Speedboat From Above (Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL )

Speedboat From Above (Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL )

The lead boats entered the Gulf Stream at around sunset Saturday, heading upwind into a moderate southwesterly wind with as much as 4 knots of favorable current in the long, hot meander that they have been steering for since the race start on Friday afternoon. Speedboat, at 100ft the largest yacht in the fleet, was making more than 12 knots over the bottom. The earlier “champagne conditions” were behind them as they pounded into big, square, confused seas.

iBoattrack  positions at 11 AM EDT Sunday showed Speedboat averaging almost 11 knots with 175 miles to the finish. At this rate she is behind the  48-hour elapsed time race record for cant-keel, Open Division boats – She has to average 13knots for the whole race to beat this time.

Rán was 38 miles back. Following close on the heels of this English boat in the Gibbs Hill Division were Titan XV, Beau Geste, Bella Mente, Rambler, Il Mostro, Vanquish, and Genuine Risk. This tightly bunched pack of eight has been separated by only a few miles since the start.

Ran From Above (Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL )

Ran From Above (Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL )

By this morning the ‘big boat’ leaders were clear of the Stream and entering the 250-mile stretch of often confused wind and currents between the Gulf Stream and Bermuda. Race veterans wryly call this “Happy Valley,” for it is where the race is often won and lost.              

Chris Museler, on Titan XV, filed this report just before midnight:
“Now this is what we came for! The boat is literally crashing into waves close reaching onto the Gulf Stream and the water temperature has leapt into the 80s. It’s getting darker and the Aramid rigging has been humming and groaning, and the deck bounces from each loud crack when a sheet or the traveler is eased. This wild ride comes from being in a positive eddy heading south, straight into it! (Wind and current collide to stack up the seas that the boats are crashing into.) This is getting to be fun after losing a bit to competitors this afternoon. The bright sun and the flat water sailing are gone. Can’t write anymore, quite hot and uncomfortable down here. So I’m on watch and will be seeing you in the morning. Knew I wouldn’t want to sail a Bermuda Race without a proper ‘thrash,’ as Mr. Rousmaniere calls it!”

 'Sinn Fein' a Cal 40 skippered by Peter S. Rebovich Sr. leads 'Frolic', a Sabre 362 owned by Peter Brown, in class 1 of the St David's Lighthouse at the start of the 635 mile Newport Bermuda Race(Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL)

'Sinn Fein' a Cal 40 skippered by Peter S. Rebovich Sr. leads 'Frolic', a Sabre 362 owned by Peter Brown, in class 1 of the St David's Lighthouse at the start of the 635 mile Newport Bermuda Race(Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL)

The Smaller Boats

By dawn today, Rán was out of the Stream, and the team was speculating in their blog whether the smaller boats – a hundred miles astern, and just entering this zone – have had consistently more wind than the big ones.

In Class 1, the St. David’s Lighthouse Division class for boats of about 40 feet, Sinn Fein, the two-time defending St. David’s champion, has chosen a course well to the right of the fleet leaders, and her close class rivals sistership Gone with the Wind and the Tartan 41 Aurora, and charting a route 50 miles west of the rhumb line.   

In the Double-Handed Division, two of the light-displacement Class 40s, Dragon and KamoaE, have a healthy lead on elapsed time, but Richard du Moulin’s Lora Ann remains in contention. 

The Cruiser Division leader is the 56-foot Clover III, well ahead of the bigger boats in this Division.      

The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and St David's Lighthouse Trophies (Photo by Barry Pickthall / PPL)

The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and St David's Lighthouse Trophies (Photo by Barry Pickthall / PPL)


Ran At Newport Bermuda Race Start (Photo by George Bekris )

The Newport Bermuda Race fleet made their upwind starts in 16 classes over a period of more than two and a half hours on Friday afternoon. There now are 183 boats, after Avatar didn’t start. In addition, Blue sailed back to the shipyard to get her broken centerboard cable fixed; she’s expected to start again after the repair.

The start found some skippers were surprisingly aggressive. Apparently forgetting that this isn’t a day race but a 635-mile marathon running several days, they also seem to have experienced a touch of amnesia about the tide table.  As the new ebb tide ran with every great velocity out of Narragansett Bay, it pushed them inexorably toward Bermuda, but also over the starting line a little earlier than their tacticians had planned.

Of the 13 boats in Class 4 (St. David’s Light Division, 45-55 footers), four found themselves over early at the pin end, with Star Chaser getting what one of her crew called “the best start in the fleet” in an email to “We were at the committee boat end of the line with some of the J-Boats but higher and faster. We all chose to be slightly late on the gun: no use being OCS  on a race of 635 nm!”

In Class 8 (St. David’s Light, 65-footers) two boats were premature. One was Aurora (with Gary Jobson in the afterguard), and she had to pick her way back to the line, losing at least three minutes in the process.

The current new on the Newport Bermuda Race  is that  Speedboat took the lead from Titan XV at sunset Friday night as the big 183-boat fleet raced toward Bermuda on a fast close reach in a flat sea, clear visibility, and a moderate southwest wind that gradually strengthened and clocked toward the west.  Two boats set Code Zeros.

For current boat positions click HERE

 Chris Museler reports from Titan XV:  a collision, a Code Zero, and a champagne wake

 Friday, 2045 EDT.  What an incredible day we’ve had! When I woke up to clear skies and glassy conditions, I knew the sea breeze was setting up nicely. After our delicious hot lunch aboard Tom and Dotty Hill’s Titan XIV, we set out in a relaxed mood, everyone smiling about the conditions. The spectators were all smiles and cheers. There were so many people camped out on the Castle Hill lawn that you couldn’t see any grass.

We started well to weather of the other mini maxis in Class 10 (Gibbs Hill Division) and from then until sunset (a few moments ago) it’s been champagne sailing conditions – sailing at 13-15 knots in a steady wind.   We’ve been the lead boat for a few hours, but now as it’s getting dark, Speedboat is passing us to leeward.  She started at 4:30, an hour after we did, and it’s now after 8.  Rán (in our class) isn’t far behind.

At about 5:30 we hit a large marine animal of some kind.  It may have been a basking shark, maybe as long as 20 feet. The hit was soft and we almost stopped. The fish made a few squiggles, spun off, and swam away in our wake.  The boat appears to be undamaged.

We’ve switched to a Code Zero, and as our grinders are getting busy they look a lot bigger than before. Mark Strube, who finished second at the Star Class Europeans two weeks ago, is 250 pounds of muscle.  The crew has just had dinner – hot rice and chicken with pineapple, which took an hour to cook in two large pots, plus the usual Snickers and Pringles for snacks . . . and apples, too.

Photos By George Bekris

More Photos Of The Newport Bermuda Race Start by George Bekris click HERE

 The leader for several hours was Titan XV, in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division. She was caught by Speedboat (Open Division, which started an hour later) at about 8:45 pm.  Other positions have been changing in the extremely competitive group of mini maxis sailing in the Gibbs Hill Division, with Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente overtaking Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán soon after midnight, and Rán then catching Rambler and Beau Geste in parking-lot conditions. The wind slowly faded during the night, swung into the north for a while. After dawn, two boats reported a very light breeze from the southeast, which is the course to Bermuda.  Later on Saturday morning the wind filled in nicely with a report of 15-plus knots, whitecaps, and the first sighting of cumulus clouds over the Gulf Stream ahead.  There also were reports of U.S. Navy exercises in the area of some boats.

By John Rousmaniere

One Of The Classes Starting In Newport Bermuda Race 2008 (Photo by George Bekris)

One Of The Classes Starting In Newport Bermuda Race 2008 (Photo by George Bekris)


 There are many ways to watch the Friday afternoon start in Newport. The shore-side view is spectacular and comfortable.  Many people watch the start from Castle Hill, right at the start of Ocean Drive.  Others watch from the Jamestown shore, where the best viewing is at Fort Wetherill State Park.  Beavertail State Park in Jamestown is also an option, but a little further away from the line.
A variety of vessels are available for charter in Newport.  If you visit the various Newport web sites dedicated to tourism and business, you will find many listed. Numerous tourist vessels take visitors out on the water for tours, and a number of these may have special trips available specifically to watch the start of the race.  Again, check the many tourist web sites for Newport.
Hundreds of private yachts spend the afternoon watching the start.  Joining a friend or family member who has a boat in Newport and plans to be on the water for the day is a great way to see the race.
During the race, digital spectators can watch the progress of the race on their computers by logging on to iBoattrack through the Newport Bermuda Race web site or through iBoat’s own web

Down in Bermuda, the best spot to watch the yachts finish in Bermuda is from the grounds of St. David’s Lighthouse. Visitors will find that the Finish Line Committee is very hospitable and depending on the finishing traffic, they may be invited up into the tower for a tour. It is a straight up climb and not for people afraid of heights. The view from the lawn is almost as good and worth the trip to St. David’s.

The HD Gateway Finish Line Cam is new for 2010.  From the high definition camera mounted on the St. David’s Lighthouse tower, finish line action will be streamed worldwide 24/7. Spectators can use iBoattrack to follow their boat of interest to the finish, then actually watch them cross the line when they arrive.

In Bermuda, digital spectators can watch boats finish from the comfort of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. A Gateway ‘SMART Board’ will be available for viewing in the Calabash Lounge and a smaller HD TV monitor will be available over the Terrace Bar.

 by Talbot Wilson

New Bermuda Race Entrants

Yacht  Yacht Type  Division  Captain 
ANGEL  Ctm 84  CD  Edward T. Anderson 
ATALANTA  Little Harbor 54  CD  James F. Volkwein 
ATTITUDE  Beneteau 423  CD  Shawn Dahlen 
AVATAR  Ranger 37  CD  Janusz Kedzierski 
BERMUDA OYSTER  Oyster 435  CD  Paul B. Hubbard 
BLE U C&C 51xl  CD  Dan Epstein 
BLUEBIRD  Migrant 45 Ketch  CD  Harry Bird 
BONSPIEL  Nordic 44  CD  James J. Richter 
CADENCE  Apogee 50  CD  R. David Warters 
CETACEA  Hinckley 59  CD  Christopher J. Culver 
CHECKMATE  Alden44  CD  Frank J. Flores 
CLOVER III  Swan 56  CD  Neal F. Finnegan 
CONVERGENCE  Jeanneau 43 DS  CD  James Linsley 
EAGLE  J-40  CD  Dana Oviatt 
ECLIPSE  Hinckley 59  CD  Barbara & Robert Cavanagh 
FOX  Swan 53  CD  Ruth M. Pecherek 
FREEDOM  Sabre 452  CD  Cary W. Thomson 
HAERLEM  Swan 55  CD  Hendrikus (Henk) P L Wisker 
I’LL THINK ABOUT IT  Beneteau 523  CD  Marc Tandourjian 
ISOLA  Baltic 52  CD  Howard M. Eisenberg 
KALUE  Wooden Ketch  CD  Rudy Schreiber 
LAURA B  Island Packet 45  CD  Joseph R. Triggs, Jr. 
LIBERTY CALL  HR 43  CD  Matthew G. Pilon 
LILLA  CNB 76  CD  Simon M. De Pietro 
MANANA  Swan 48  CD  Michhael V. Johnson 
MISTY  Little Harbor 54  CD  Eric G. Thorkilsen 
NIRVANA  Maxi 80  CD  Charles F Kiefer III 
NOSTOS  Alden 44  CD  Lorenzo D. Weisman 
NOVA  Swan 56  CD  Mark DiStefano 
PILGRIM  Alden 44  CD  Mark Rice 
POESKE  First 42  CD  Richard Donn 
RESTIVE  Alden48 Ctm  CD  George P Denny III 
RUTAINE  C&C 37/40+  CD  David P. McLoughlin 
SCEPTRED ISLE  Ctm 63  CD  Rex G. Herbert 
SHEARWATER  Morris 40  CD  Conrad Hall 
SHINDIG  Pearson 39-2  CD  Kevin G. Flannery 
TEMPTRESS  IMX-45  CD  Arent H Kits van Heyningen 
WHISKEY GIRL  Hinckley 70  CD  Michael McAllister 
WINDWALKER II  Lyman Morse 60  CD  Daniel Levangie 
ALIBI  J-120  DH  Gardner L. Grant, Jr. 
BOLANDS MILL  Class 40  DH  John Ryan 
CHOUCAS  Jeanneau SF36  DH  Frederic Cosandey 
CORDELIA  Valiant 42  DH  Roy F. Greenwald 
CUTLASS  Class 40  DH  Alex / Nick Mehran / Halmos 
DAWN TREADER  Swan 48 MK II  DH  Lawrence G. Cohen 
DELAWANA  Swan 51  DH  Hans F. Himmelman 
DIRIGO  C&C 41  DH  Eric M. Johnson 
DRAGON  Class 40  DH  Michael S. Hennessy 
ESMERALDE  Sabre 386  DH  Bruce R. Beard, Jr. 
GREAT SCOT  J-35  DH  Darren T Garnier 
HERON  J-120  DH  Greg R. Leonard 
KAMOA’E  Class 40  DH  Eric Lecoq 
KILLUA  Aphrodite 101  DH  James G. Binch 
KIVA  Hinkley SW51CB  DH  Mark Stevens 
LORA ANN  Express 37  DH  Richard T. du Moulin 
MIREILLE  J-120  DH  Edwin Gaynor 
NEXT BOAT  Morris 45  DH  Mark Ellman 
OCEAN WANDERER1  Montivideo 43  DH  Erwin Wanderer 
PALADIN  J-35  DH  Jason A Richter 
PLUM CRAZY  Sabre MK II  DH  Michael R. Berg 
RESOLUTE  J/122  DH  D. Scott Miller 
SEABISCUIT  J-46  DH  Nathan C. Owen 
SIR EDMUND  Ctm 49  DH  Fredrick R. Holt 
TOOTHFACE  Akilaria Class40  DH  Michael W. Dreese 
WHISPER  Hinckley 48  DH  Thomas J. Vander Salm 
BEAU GESTE  Farr 80  GHL  Karl Kwok 
BELLA MENTE  Mini Maxi  GHL  Hap Fauth 
CAPTIVITY  Farr 60  GHL  Samuel T. Byrne 
CATAPULT RACING  SouthernCross 52  GHL  Marc Glimcher 
HOI AN  Custom 50  GHL  Heilner Marc 
NATALIE J  TP52  GHL  Philip D. O’Niel III, D.D.S. 
NOONMARK VI  Swan 56  GHL  Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy 
RAMBLER  Ctm 90  GHL  George David 
RAN  JV 72  GHL  Niklas Zennstrom 
RIMA2  R/P 55  GHL  John Brim 
SNOW LION  Ker 50  GHL  Lawrence S. Huntington 
TITAN 15  ctm75  GHL  Tom Hill, Mr. 
VELA VELOCE  Southern Cross  GHL  Richard H Oland 
GENUINE RISK  Dubois 90  Open  Mark E / USMMA Watson III 
ILMOSTRO  VOR70  Open  Ken Read 
SPEEDBOAT  Maxi  Open  Alex Jackson 
ACTAEA  Hinckley B40  SDL  Michael M. Cone 
AKELA III  Swan 43  SDL  Djoerd Hoekstra 
AKUBRA  J44  SDL  Reginald H. Goodday Dr. 
AMADEUS  IMX-40  SDL  Jack R. Yaissle 
AMERICAN GIRL  King 40  SDL  Daniel Galyon 
AMIGO VI  J-42  SDL  Bernie P. Coyne 
APSARA  J-109  SDL  Mike Sleightholme 
ARBELLA  First 44.7  SDL  James P. Shaughnesy 
AURORA  Tartan 41  SDL  Andrew F. Kallfelz 
AURORA  Reichel/Pugh 66  SDL  Gus Carlson 
AVENIR  C&C 41  SDL  Joseph T. Murray 
AVRA  J/120 Mod  SDL  George Petrides 
BABE  Swan 46  SDL  Colin E. Couper MD 
BACCI  Swan 53  SDL  Lorenzo Vascotto 
BARLEYCORN  NYYC Swan 42  SDL  Brendan J. Brownyard 
BEAGLE  J-44  SDL  Philip H. Gutin 
BEAUSOLEIL  Beneteau 456SD  SDL  Richard A Parent 
BELLE AURORE  Cal 40  SDL  R Douglas Jurrius 
BIG BOOTY  Lutra 42  SDL  Patrick Eudy 
BOMBARDINO  Santa Cruz 52  SDL  James W. Sykes 
BRAND NEW DAY  J-65  SDL  James C. Madden 
BUZZ  Sydney 38  SDL  Richard E. Stevenson, Jr 
CARINA  CTM 48  SDL  Rives Potts 
CHARLIE V  J-44  SDL  Norman H. Schulman MD 
CILISTA  J-130  SDL  Jeffrey L. Eberle 
CONVICTUS MAXIMUS  Farr IRC 42  SDL  Donald W. Nicholson 
CYBELE  IMX-45  SDL  Richard M. Burnes, Jr 
CYGNETTE  Swan 441  SDL  William J. Mayer 
DENALI  Nelson Marek 70  SDL  Michael A. D’Amelio 
DOGSLED  Kaufman 47  SDL  Todd F. Barnard 
DOLPHIN  J-42  SDL  Henry S. Morgan 
DONNYBROOK  Ctm Sloop  SDL  James P. Muldoon 
FEARLESS  Farr 395 OD  SDL  Shaun J. Ensor 
FINESSE  J-42  SDL  Newton P.S. Merrill 
FLYING GOOSE  Ctm 56  SDL  Daniel C. van Starrenburg 
FROLIC  Sabre 362  SDL  Peter G. Brown 
GLORY  J-44  SDL  Jack Neades/ USCGA 
GOLD DIGGER  J-44  SDL  James D. Bishop 
GONE WITH THE WIND  Cal 40  SDL  William M. LeRoy 
GRACIE  Ctm 69  SDL  Stephan A. & Simon W Frank 
GREY MATTER  Hanse 470e  SDL  Brian R. Parselle 
GREYGHOST  Zaal 38  SDL  Philip W. Parish 
HAKUNA MATATA  Cal 39  SDL  Christopher J. Andrews 
HIGH NOON  Tripp 41  SDL  Colin Rath 
HIRO MARU  Swan 43 Classic  SDL  Hiroshi Nakajima 
HOUND  Ctm 60  SDL  Eberhart Frank 
INVICTUS  TP52  SDL  US Naval Academy 
JACKNIFE  J-133  SDL  Andrew Hall 
JACQUELINE IV  Hinckley SW42  SDL  Robert S. Forman, Jr 
JADE  J-42  SDL  Robert W. Thuss, Jr. 
KALEVALA II  Grand Soleil 37  SDL  Tapio O. Saavalainen 
KODIAK  Swan 601  SDL  E. Llwyd Ecclestone 
LAPIN  Benn Frst 40.7  SDL  Christopher Clark 
LINDY  Peterson 38  SDL  David G. Dickerson 
MAGIC  Santa Cruz 52  SDL  Kenneth Laudon 
MERLIN  Swan57  SDL  John H Duerden 
MISCHIEVOUS  Ctm 65  SDL  Albert J. Fitzgibbons 
MISTY  J-40 WK  SDL  Fred A. Allardyce 
MOJOE  Peterson 43  SDL  Joseph M. Naroski 
MORGAN OF MARIETTA  Centurion 42  SDL  Colin G Golder 
NASTY MEDICINE  Corby 41.5  SDL  Stephen J. Sherwin MD 
RAGANA  Cape Fear 38R  SDL  Darius Peleda 
RAINMAKER  Swan40  SDL  Kenneth P. Hylwa Mr. 
REGATTA  CARTER41  SDL  Constantine G. Koste 
REINDEER  Morris 47  SDL  Peter/Tony Driscoll/Parker 
RELATIVITY  Beneteau 53F5  SDL  Hall Palmer 
RESOLUTE  J-44 WK  SDL  Fred Madeira 
ROCKET SCIENCE  J-120  SDL  Rick F. Oricchio 
RUNAWAY  J-44  SDL  Lawrence R. Glenn 
SAILOR BANDIDO  Quest 33  SDL  Christopher A. Palabrica 
SARAH  X-41  SDL  Gregory B. Manning 
SFORZANDO  Ker 55  SDL  Clayton G. Deutsch 
SHINNECOCK  J-120  SDL  James C. Praley 
SINN FEIN  Cal 40  SDL  Peter S. Rebovich, Sr. 
SIRENA BELLA  J44  SDL  Joe Murli 
SIRENSONG  J-133  SDL  Thomas J Carroll 
SLIDE RULE  First 44.7  SDL  Scott Bearse 
SPIRIT  Baltic 38DP  SDL  A. John Gregg 
STAR CHASER  Swan 51  SDL  Wijnand (Boogie) van den Boogaard 
STARLIGHT  Simonis Voogd 56  SDL  Michael Dybvik 
SWIFT  Navy 44 MK1  SDL  US Naval Academy 
TEMPTATION  Taylor 45  SDL  Arthur & Peter Santry 
TERRAPIN  Beneteau 40.7  SDL  Jonathan Litt 
THEJACKAL  Beneteau 40.7  SDL  John DeFilippo 
THREEBEANS  Santa Cruz 37  SDL  Christopher Rosow 
TIGER  Swan 46  SDL  Thomas & Nancy Grieb 
TRIPLE LINDY  Swan 44 MK II  SDL  Joseph Mele 
TRUE  J-42 (mod)  SDL  Howard B. Hodgson, Jr. 
UPGRADE  Farr 395  SDL  Peter Gibbons-Neff 
VALKYRIE  First 44.7  SDL  David Andril 
VAMP  J-44  SDL  Leonard J. Sitar 
VANQUISH  STP 65  SDL  Rego / Riker Lucas / USMMA 
VORTICES  J 145  SDL  Christopher L Saxton 
WAZIMO  Aerodyne 38  SDL  W. Barrett Holby, Jr. 
WESTRAY  Concordia 39  SDL  John D. Melvin 
WHISPER  Canning 48  SDL  Sheldon Brotman 
WHITE RHINO  Swan 56  SDL  Todd Stuart 
WINDBORN  J-120  SDL  Richard W. Born 
XCELSIOR  IMX-45  SDL  Alice O. Martin 
XENOPHON  Swan 44 MKII  SDL  Jeffrey V. Rabuffo, MD 
ZEST  Hinckley SW42  SDL  Brian E. Swiggett 
ZWERVER  S&S 57′ Berm Cut  SDL  Frans van Schaik 

The above list subject to change.


For More Photos of the Newport bermuda Race 2008 by George Bekris click  HERE

Newport Bermuda Race 2008 (Photo by George Bekris )

Newport Bermuda Race 2008 (Photo by George Bekris )

 From the June 18th start in Newport to finish in Bermuda 635 miles later, this classic ocean race is almost a spectator sport.

Skipper Ken Read During Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 (Photo by George Bekris)

Skipper Ken Read During Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 (Photo by George Bekris)

Today Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, announced his core crew and management team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. The team departs Alicante, Spain today to bring il mostro, PUMA Ocean Racing’s boat that secured a 2nd place finish in the last Volvo Ocean Race, back to Newport, Rhode Island where the team will immediately start training for the next race. il mostro will serve as the team’s training boat until a new boat, which will compete in the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, is completed.

PUMA has named Juan Yacht Design, of Valencia, Spain as the lead boat designer of the new PUMA Ocean Racing yacht. Juan Kouyoumdjian’s designs have a perfect record in the VOR since the inception of the Volvo Open 70 Rule. They are credited with designing the 2006 VOR winner, ABN AMRO 1 and the 2009 VOR winner, Ericsson 4.

“The decision to go with Juan to design PUMA’s new boat was a major step forward for the program, and set in motion a number of key hires that have formed the nucleus of the team,” said Skipper Ken Read.

Two new key members of the team include multiple Volvo Ocean Race winners, Brad Jackson and Tony Mutter. Each sailor was integral to the winning teams in both the 2006 and 2009 races. Jackson is a three-time winner of the VOR and will serve as design coordinator for PUMA Ocean Racing, mixing the sailing team’s input with Juan Kouyoumdjian’s creative and technical expertise. Mutter is a two-time VOR winner and will run the aero program, working closely with Steve Calder of North Sails and mast designer, Scott Ferguson. While sailing, Tony and Brad will also serve as watch captains. Returning from PUMA’s 2009 campaign is bowman and systems manager Casey Smith. “When the boat breaks offshore Casey has to fix it, so having him be part of design process with the build team early on will save us a lot with durability down the road,” explained Read. Rob Greenhalgh also rejoins the PUMA crew after being a late but welcomed addition in the last race. Returning shore-team members include: Kimo Worthington, General Manager, and Tim Hacket, who will serve as the Shore Team Manager.

New sailing team members include navigator Tom Addis (Telefonica Blue co-navigator), Jono Swain (Telefonica Blue watch captain) and Andrew Lewis (Rambler trimmer and ABN AMRO 2 tactician). “The decisions we make now are the ones that will create success in this race, and having this team of veterans involved early certainly increases our chances to make proper decisions,” said Read of the team assembled so far. “Not only do we have a team that can sail a boat fast, but we have a team that understands what it takes to compete in a race like the Volvo. Great attitudes, great skills, which hopefully increases our chances for success.”

Cumulatively, the management and sailing team for PUMA Ocean Racing shares a level of success difficult to match with 20 Volvo Ocean Race entries and 14 America’s Cup editions. Collectively, the core team holds eight 24-hour mono hull speed records.The Volvo Ocean Race begins October 2011 in Alicante, Spain and ends in Galway, Ireland in June 2012. The eight stopovers in between include: Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Itajaí (Brazil), Miami, Lisbon and Lorient (France). PUMA continues to produce and expand their line of sailing performance gear and remains the first Sportlifestyle company to participate in a venture of this kind. PUMA will also be the official supplier of all Volvo Ocean Race merchandise.

PUMA's IL Mostro (Photo by George Bekris)

PUMA's IL Mostro (Photo by George Bekris)

PUMA Ocean Racing Sailing Team:

Ken Read, 48 (Rhode Island, United States)
Considered to be one of the world’s most accomplished racers, Read was in charge of PUMA Ocean Racing and at the helm of PUMA’s il mostro throughout the entire Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. The U.S.-born Read has twice helmed America’s Cup programs in 2000 and 2003 and was named “United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year” twice and has 46 World, North American and National Championships to his credit.

Tom Addis, 40 (Sydney, Australia)
Addis, a trained meteorologist, joins PUMA as a navigator after sailing with Telefonica Blue during the Volvo, taking two leg wins. Tom has sailed thousands of offshore miles onboard Maxi Alfa Romero, winning both Sydney-Hobart and Transpac races. Addis also sailed with America’s Cup Team New Zealand in 2007.

Rob Greenhalgh, 32 (Hamble, United Kingdom)
Helmsman & Trimmer
2009 18’ Skiff World Champion, Greenhalgh is back with PUMA after joining the crew during the 08/09 race. Greenhalgh was a vital part of PUMA’s last campaign and served as tactician for Ken Read during in port racing and watch captain offshore. Rob has sailed two previous Volvo Ocean Races and was part of the crew, along with Tony Mutter and Brad Jackson, who won the race with ABN AMRO 1 during the 05/06 edition of the race.

Brad Jackson: 42 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Design Coordinator & Watch Captain
Named New Zealand Sailor of the Year in 2009, Jackson has sailed the Volvo Ocean Race five times, numerous Sydney-Hobarts, Fastnets and Trans-Atlantics. Jackson was a member of the Ericsson 4 boat that won the VOR 2008-2009 and has been part of three 24-hour monohull speed records. In addition to his role as watch captain, Jackson will serve as design coordinator for the PUMA program, mixing the sailors’ input with Juan K’s creative and technical expertise.

Andrew “Junior” Lewis: 27 (Honolulu, United States)
Trimmer & Driver
Lewis will be one of the three under-30 sailors onboard PUMA’s new boat. Lewis has logged thousands of offshore miles, sailing onboard ABN AMRO 2 during the VOR 05/06 race and on Rambler during the record breaking Transatlantic Race and Middle Sea races. Lewis also has a long list of honors for inshore racing ranging from the Laser Class and America’s Cup. He was part of the monohull record-breaking crew of ABN AMRO 2 during the 05/06 race.

Tony Mutter, 41 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Aerodynamics Coordinator & Watch Captain
Mutter joins PUMA after sailing onboard Volvo Ocean Race 08/09 winner Ericsson 4. Mutter has sailed five Volvos, five Fastnet Races and five Maxi Worlds. He has been part of three Volvo crews where the 24-hour monohull record has been broken. As aerodynamics coordinator, he will work closely with North Sails to design the next generation of VO70 sails. Tony will sail onboard for PUMA as watch captain.

Casey Smith, 31 (Brisbane, Australia)
Systems Manager & Bowman
Smith joined the crew of PUMA’s il mostro for the Volvo Ocean Race 08/09 as one of the under 30’s. Smith was instrumental in repairing structural damages to il mostro during the last race. And was honored for the sportsmanship award for his efforts in replacing il mostro’s rudder during the Leg 7 Trans-Atlantic crossing. Smith has sailed the 08/09 Volvo Ocean Race and numerous Sydney-Hobart races and Trans-Atlantic crossings.

Jonathan “Jono” Swain, 43 (Durban, South Africa)
Helmsman & Trimmer
Jono Swain comes to PUMA with experience in four Volvo Ocean Races, most recently as watch captain onboard Telefonica Blue. Swain is considered an “all around sailor,” mixing offshore experience with an impressive inshore resume which includes and America’s Cup campaign, Louis Vuitton Series and trimming on Mean Machine.

PUMA Ocean Racing Shore Team Management:

Kimo Worthington, 50 (California, United States)
General Manager
Kimo Worthington has a rare combination of management expertise onshore and leadership on the water. His professional sailing career includes competing in six America’s Cups, including a win with America3 in 1992, and numerous offshore miles. In the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race, Worthington was watch captain and sailing team manager for the winning EF Language team. In the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 edition he served as General Manager for second place Pirates of the Caribbean and in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 he was general manager for PUMA Ocean Racing.

Tim Hacket, 38 (Sydney, Australia)
Shore Team Manager
Tim Hacket has been building racing yachts for over 20 years. A native Australian, Tim is now based in Newport, Rhode Island. Tim’s experience includes four America’s Cup boat builds and two Volvo Ocean Race shore teams, mostly recently as part of PUMA’s Volvo 2008/09 campaign.

PUMA's IL Mostro In Boston Harbor (Photo by George Bekris)

PUMA's IL Mostro In Boston Harbor (Photo by George Bekris)