Dongfeng Race Team (Photo © George Bekris)

Dongfeng Race Team (Photo © George Bekris)

The Chinese-flagged Dongfeng Race Team has won the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18…
Dongfeng Race Team has won the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 in the closest finish in race history.
Skipper Charles Caudrelier led his team to victory on the final leg of the race, a 970-mile sprint from Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague.
Incredibly, it marked the first leg win for the team — it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Three teams started Leg 11 of the race on Thursday in a dead heat on the overall leaderboard. The finishing order between MAPFRE, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team at The Hague would determine their place on the overall race podium.

Each of those three teams led at various points on the leg and had their opportunities to grab the prize.

But it was Caudrelier and his crew who made a bold call on Saturday evening to take a coastal route to the finish, which squeezed them tight against the shoreline and separated from the other leaders by a series of Exclusion Zones.

“We were not in such a good position, but we trusted our choice and we pushed,” Caudrelier said. “The others didn’t follow us, but we believed and we won…”

The decision hurt the team in the short term as they tumbled down the leaderboard. But by Sunday morning, with less than 100 miles left to race, weather routing projections had the top boats finishing within minutes of each other. None had been able to break away overnight, despite the significant splits on the race course.

“We knew that we would fall behind initially and that if it came good it would only be at the end. The last position report (1300 UTC on Sunday) we were 27-miles from the finish and they were 20-miles and we thought it was over. But then I did a small weather routing and it showed we could end up one-mile ahead so I woke everyone up and said, ‘let’s push!’”

As the teams finally converged again on Sunday afternoon, just a few miles from the finish, it was Dongfeng Race Team, flying down the coast from the north sliding in front of the offshore group, to earn their first leg win, propelling Caudrelier’s team to overall victory.

“We always trusted each other. Nobody thought we were going to win this last leg, but I had a good feeling,” an emotional Caudrelier said, after thanking his supporters and team. “I said ‘we can’t lose, we can’t lose, we can’t lose’… and we won!”

The overall results make this the closest finish in the 45-year history of the race and marks the first win for a Chinese-flagged team. It also means Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou were on board as the first women sailors to win the Volvo Ocean Race.

Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE was third on the leg, which put the team into second overall.

“It has been tough,” Fernández admitted. “We sailed very well the whole way around the world and on this leg as well, so naturally we’re a bit disappointed. We were very, very close this time, but it was not quite enough. So we have to say congratulations to Dongfeng who sailed a little bit better than us.”

Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking would have liked nothing more than to win the race for the first time in eight tries with a home finish in The Netherlands. But it wasn’t to be. His fourth place leg finish left the team in third place overall.

“Third place, still on the podium, I think we can be pretty proud of that as a team,” he said. “We thought we had made the right choice (to go further offshore) and we expected a windshift. It came 90-minutes too late and that was the race. But that’s yacht racing. And of course we have to congratulate Dongfeng and MAPFRE for their results.”

Second place on the final leg into The Hague was Dutch skipper Simeon Tienpont and his team AkzoNobel, who had previously secured fourth place on the overall leaderboard.

“It’s incredible to finish on the podium in our hometown,” Tienpont said. “We would have loved to have been fighting into The Hague for the final podium but to have set the 24-hour speed record and to get six podium finishes in the race is a testament to the job everyone on our team – on the boat and on shore – have done.”

Vestas 11th Hour Racing had already been locked into fifth place on the scoreboard and after a promising start to Leg 11, had a disappointing seventh place finish on the leg.

“We have a great group of folks on this team,” skipper Charlie Enright said. “We’ve been through a lot and I’m not sure any other group could have dealt with the challenges we have faced the way we did. It’s something special and we’re going to continue to work together moving forward. This was a tough way to go out certainly, but we have one more opportunity with the In-Port Race this weekend.”

That In-Port Race, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, will determine the sixth and seventh place positions in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both SHK/Scallywag and Turn the Tide on Plastic finished the Volvo Ocean Race on equal points.

The tie-break mechanism is the In-Port Race Series, where David Witt’s Scallywag team currently holds the lead. But Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic is just three points behind and a strong finish on Saturday could lift them off the bottom of the leaderboard.

“We can’t help but smile today. We’ve done it,” said Caffari. “This leg was like the longest In-Port Race ever. A lot of corners to go around, and we gave it 100 per cent and left nothing in the tank.”

For David Witt, the finish was bittersweet the loss of John Fisher overboard in the Southern Ocean top of mind.

“I have very mixed emotions right now,” Witt said dockside immediately after finishing. “I’m incredibly proud of our team both on and off the water. We’re very tight and we have gone through a lot… But I’m also sad of course. I didn’t finish it with my best mate (John Fisher) who we started with. So very mixed emotions, but I’m glad we finished it.”

The teams will celebrate their accomplishments and take well-earned rest on Monday. The rest of the week will see activities in The Hague building towards the final In-Port Race and Awards Night on June 30.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 11 Final Leaderboard — Saturday 23 June
1. Dongfeng Race Team – 3 days, 3 hours, 22 minutes, 32 seconds
2. team AkzoNobel – 3 days, 3 hours, 38 minutes, 31 seconds
3. MAPFRE – 3 days, 3 hours, 39 minutes, 25 seconds
4. Team Brunel – 3 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes, 52 seconds
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 3 days, 3 hours, 56 minutes, 56 seconds
6. SHK / Scallywag – 3 days, 4 hours, 01 minutes, 32 seconds
7. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 3 days, 4 hours, 05 minutes, 36 seconds

Volvo Ocean Race Overall Points Leaderboard after Leg 11
1. Dongfeng Race Team – 73 points
2. MAPFRE – 70 points
3. Team Brunel – 69 points
4. team AkzoNobel – 59 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 39 points
6. SHK / Scallywag – 32 points *
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 32 points *

* Should there be a tie on the overall race leaderboard at the end of the offshore legs, the In-Port Race Series standings will be used to break the tie.

Ribbon cutting for opening of Newport Race Village (Photo © George Bekris)

Ribbon cutting for opening of Newport Race Village (Photo © George Bekris)

 

NEWPORT, RI (May 8, 2018) – A 5,700 nautical mile race leg from Itajai, Brazil to Newport finished off Fort Adams State Park this morning with a come-from-behind win of Leg 8 by MAPFRE in the global Volvo Ocean Race. Just a day ago, MAPFRE was in fifth place. As Tuesday morning dawned in New England and delivered “pea-soup” fog and light winds, MAPFRE inched ahead of Team Brunel, Dongfeng Race Team and Vestas 11th Hour Racing. The final hours were a slow battle for the exhausted sailors as they also were pushed around by the tide and currents near shore, at times even drifting backward.

 

Leg 8 from Itajai to Newport. Arrivals. 08 May (Photo by Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race)

Leg 8 from Itajai to Newport. Arrivals. 08 May (Photo by Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race)

After nearly 16 days of racing, the margin between MAPFRE who finished at 6:44 a.m., and Team Brunel, was only 1-minute and 1-second. The local crowd cheered on all of the race boats that dramatically popped out of the dense fog one-by-one in close succession, but had an especially warm welcome for third-place winners and hometown sailors Charlie Enright (Bristol, RI) and Newport’s Nick Dana and crew onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing.

“This leg has had its ups and downs,” said Charlie Enright, the skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. “We didn’t start great, but we feel like we sailed pretty well for the middle two-thirds of the leg. Then with some positive input from some local knowledge, we end up back on the podium which is great.” Newport is a homecoming for Enright and Dana on Vestas 11th Hour Racing as well as for Mark Towill (Hawaii) who did his college sailing at Brown University in nearby Providence, RI. “It’s awesome here,” Enright said. “It’s 0600 local time here, and the amount of boats out is absurd. The amount of effort put in by Sail Newport and the stopover here is amazing.”  The fleet then finished in the order of Dongfeng Race Team, AkzoNobel, Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Check the full scoreboard here.

Newport Mayor, the Hon. Harry Winthrop, and Brad Read, exec. dir. of Sail Newport celebrate the ribbon cutting with the Volvo Ocean race Albatross mascot (Photo © George Bekris)

Rhode Island Welcomes the International Event to the City-by-the-Sea In contrast to the morning’s chilly fog finish, the weather improved to a picture-perfect day with sunny skies and warm temperatures for the official kick-off of the Race Village. The backdrop for the opening ceremony was the U.S.C.G. Barque Eagle which arrived and docked next to the race boats earlier this morning.

The Opening Ceremony was launched with an international Parade of Nations with country flags representing sailors’ home countries, carried by local youth. The parade started at the welcome arch and marched past the Team Bases through the Race Village. The U.S.C.G. Navy Band performed as did the Navy Band Northeast.

 

 

Also, salutes were operated by the Newport Artillery Company. The Harris Family Dance Troupe of The Narragansett Tribal Nation performed for the crowds as well. In addition, The Rogers High School Junior ROTC also joined in the opening festivities.

 

 

The Race Village is now open every day through May 20. The full schedule of events is listed on the website.

 

Tomorrow, May 9, the U.S.C.G. Barque Eagle will host free public tours between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission to the Race Village for the entire event. Parking is free tomorrow.

 

Barque Eagle (Photo © George Bekris)

 

Speaker Brad Read, exec. dir. of Sail Newport, opened the ceremony welcoming the Volvo Ocean Race’s only North American Stopover to Newport. He said that the event has been in the planning stages for three years.

 

Brad Read (Photo © George Bekris)

Read also thanked the many non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and city and state agencies and professionals who helped win the original bid for the Stopover in 2015 and plan for today’s opening. Read also recognized the nearly 700 volunteers that will work the event over the next 13 days.

 

 

Governor Gina Raimondo spoke and welcomed the international visitors to the Ocean State and acknowledged the coordination of many state agencies to help welcome the event to Rhode Island. Janet Coit, director of the R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management, Newport Mayor, the Hon. Harry Winthrop, Eagle Captain Matt Meilstrup, Volvo Ocean Race Operations Director Peter Ansell also made welcoming remarks. Dignitaries also attending the ceremony included: Newport City Council Vice Chair, Lynn Underwood.

To follow the racing and events check out the latest at Volvo Ocean Race.

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Lilla - IRL 7600 - CNB Briand 76 yacht skippered by Simon De Pietro (Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL)

Lilla - IRL 7600 - CNB Briand 76 yacht skippered by Simon De Pietro (Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL)

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 21, 2012 – ‘Lilla’, the big red Briand 76 (IRL7600) owned by Simon and Nancy De Pietro of Cork, Ireland and Mattapoisett MA, sailed a fast straight-forward Newport Bermuda Race and won Class 13 in the Cruiser Division. ‘Lilla’ also took first place in the whole Cruiser Division and will be presented with the Carleton Mitchell Finesterre Trophy for first place.

True - USA 22  - J160  production yacht yacht skippered by Howard B Hodgson Jnr (Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL)

True - USA 22 - J160 production yacht yacht skippered by Howard B Hodgson Jnr (Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL)

‘Lilla’ led classmate ‘True’, a J-160 owned by Howard Hodgson of Ipswich MA by 1 hr 17 min on corrected time for the win in class and division. ‘True’ was second in both Class 13 and the division. Third place in the Cruiser division went to ‘Odyssey’ a Swan 55 sailed by Glenn Dexter from Halifax NS.

And there is Icing on the cake for ‘Lilla’. In 2011 she raced in the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race and set the 645-mile course record from Marion MA to Bermuda at 68:58:45. That performance last year and her top finish in the Newport Bermuda Race earn her the Bermuda Ocean Cruising Yacht Trophy presented by SAIL Magazine. This special combined competition trophy goes to the captain who has the best performance in consecutive Newport Bermuda and Marion Bermuda races. ‘Lilla’ sailed from Newport this time— a 10-mile shorter course in 63:17:13, some 5 hours and 41 minutes faster.

“The only problem we had,” said navigator Nancy De Pietro, “was getting water to the forward head and shower. The water tank we were using was aft, on the port side [That was the high side on the long port tack all the way down from Newport] and the pump had trouble because it was sucking air up there.”

“The one great thing about sailing on this type of boat is that we get to shower after coming off of every watch,” said Simon De Pietro with a smile.

Not having water for showers would have been a crisis for this cruiser crew… all good friends and family. It was an international crew with sailors from Ireland, the Dutch West Indies, England, Canada, South Africa and the USA. ‘Lilla’ has a comfortable 3-cabin layout and is used for charter as well as offshore racing.

In addition to doing the Bermuda Races, she has also done the Caribbean 600. She is an aluminum yacht with just 8.5-foot draft. She does not go to weather well but on a reach her waterline works and she is good and fast. The De Pietros thought of entering the St. David’s Lighthouse Division but needed to be able to use the power winches.

‘True’ a 53 foot J-160— also in Class 13— finished an hour behind ‘Lilla’ Her navigator Richard Casner of Dedham MA said, “The conditions were perfect for ‘True’ we had entered as a non-spinnaker boat and we think that paid off. We were right next to the Swan 60 ‘Lady B’ when she set a chute and we were able to walk away from her. The double headsail rig we used was just right for this boat in this race.”

The Newport Bermuda Race had 6 divisions and 17 classes. The Cruiser division had 30 entries. More than 100 prizes will be awarded Saturday evening on the lawn of Bermuda’s Government House. His Excellency Mr. George Fergusson the Governor of Bermuda will present the prizes along with Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore John Brewin and the Cruising Club of America Commodore Dan Dyer.

 

 Carina -USA 315 - McCurdy & Rhodes 48 yacht skippered by  A Rives Potts Jnr, making the most of the blustery conditions.  Carina is the provisional winner of the principal St David's Lighthouse Trophy for the third time.(Photo by  Barry Pickthall / PPL)

Carina -USA 315 - McCurdy & Rhodes 48 yacht skippered by A Rives Potts Jnr, making the most of the blustery conditions. Carina is the provisional winner of the principal St David's Lighthouse Trophy for the third time. (Photo by Barry Pickthall / PPL)

Going into Monday evening, LLwyd Ecclestone’s ‘Kodiak’ crew was hopeful of winning the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy, the most coveted of the three main Newport Bermuda Trophies awarded to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Then came ‘Carina’ to steal the show.

It looks as though, Based on provisional results, Rives Potts’ McCurdy and Rhodes 48-foot ‘Carina’ (Westbrook CT) won Class 3 and the silver scale model St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy for first in the Division and probably more loot to boot. ‘Carina’ with Potts at the helm won the same first place trophy in the 2010 race and in 1970 ‘Carina’ won it under Richard Nye. This ties ‘Carina’ with ‘Finisterre’ as the boat with the most lighthouses on her trophy rack. ‘Finisterre’ won three in a row under Carleton Mitchel 1956, 1958 and 1960.

Defiance - NA 23 - Navy 44 training yacht skippered by Bryan Weisberg (Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL)

Defiance - NA 23 - Navy 44 training yacht skippered by Bryan Weisberg (Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL)

‘Carina’ finished at 6:16PM in Bermuda and had a corrected time of 45:08:16. The US Naval Academy’s new Navy 44 ‘Defiance’ was second in Class 3 behind ‘Carina’ and also second in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. Her corrected time was 45:42:50. The US Naval Academy’s older Navy 44 Class 2 boat, ‘Swift’, was first in her class and third overall for the division with a corrected time of 46:09:04. It was a pretty tight race with just 26 corrected minutes between these top two boats in the division after a 635-mile sleigh-ride.

 

For Potts and crew, this is his second St. David’s Lighthouse win in a row. “We had a fantastic race,” Potts said. “ Pretty straight forward. We powered through the stream and then played two big shifts down the rhumbline further south. We gybed twice and then tacked twice for the finish when the wind got lighter and went forward. We finished under a light #1 headsail.” These gybes and tacks were more than most of the other boats in the race made and probably helped ‘Carina’ win overall.

“The boat just got back from a circumnavigation and racing in the world’s top races three weeks ago. My son and nephew did a great job of getting ‘Carina’ ready for Bermuda. In a race like this, preparation is one key to winning. Crew work is another and we had a family based crew working together.” Potts added.

The crew of ‘Carina’ is made up of four fathers and five sons. One of the fathers, Bud Sutherland, is Rives Potts’ brother-in-law and his son Rives Sutherland is the Captain of ‘Carina’ who took her on her global trek.

Change happened overnight in the Double-Handed Division, too. Perennial double-handed winner Hewitt Gaynor (Fairfield CT) slipped his J120 Mireille into first in Class 15 and first in the division. Joe Harris (South Hamilton MA) who sailed such a fast race in his Class 40 ‘Gryphon Solo2’ was alone on the leader board Monday. Harris had an elapsed time of 60:20:26 while Gaynor’s was 74:12:34. On corrected time, ‘Mireille’ beat ‘Gryphon Solo2’ by roughly 4 hours.

 

Shockwave - USA 60272 - a mini maxi yacht skippered by George Sakellaris (Photo by  Daniel Forster / PPL)

Shockwave - USA 60272 - a mini maxi yacht skippered by George Sakellaris (Photo by Daniel Forster / PPL)

The provisional Gibbs Hill Division winner is ‘Shockwave’ a Reichel/Pugh 72 skippered by George Sakellaris of Farmington MA. Sakellaris will win the silver replica of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, a top prize along with the St. David’s Light. ‘Shockwave’ took double silver snatching the North Rock Beacon Trophy, the third important prize for the IRC corrected time winner, which is a silver replica of the 1960-1990 North Rock Light Tower that once warned mariners of the rocky approach to Bermuda from the North.

 Med Spirit - FRA 1575 - Welbourn 92 maxi skippered by Michael D'Amelio.(Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL)

Med Spirit - FRA 1575 - Welbourn 92 maxi skippered by Michael D'Amelio. (Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL)

‘Med Spirit’ sailed by Michael D’Amelio (Boston, MA) in the Open Division is the other winner that seems clear under the provisional results for the Royal Mail trophy. Six boats started in this division that featured boats from 40 feet to 100 feet in length. Their common denominator was moveable ballast, either canting keels or water ballast. The 3 Class 40 boats all had water ballast and were fully crewed so they did not qualify to sail against the 3 Class 40’s that went double-handed in Class 15.

The Wally 100 ‘Indio’ under Mark Fliegner (Monaco) came second. ‘Donnybrook’, in her maiden race skippered by Jim Muldoon (Washington DC) had to retire with damage to her daggerboard and daggerboard trunk. Under corrected time only about 5 hours separated the winning 100-footer and the bottom Class 40.

‘Spirit of Bermuda’, the Bermuda Sloop Foundation sail-training vessel, was the sole entry in the new Spirit of Tradition Division. She finished Monday night at 11:20 ADT.

 

Shockwave - USA 60272 - a mini maxi yacht skippered by George Sakellaris (Photo by  Daniel Forster/PPL)

Shockwave - USA 60272 - a mini maxi yacht skippered by George Sakellaris (Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL))

By John Rousmaniere

As of 1800 Sunday, six boats have finished the race, each of them breaking an elapsed time course record. In finishing order, they are Rambler (Class 10), Bella Mente (Class 10), Shockwave (Class 10), Team Tiburon (Class 10), Med Spirit (Class 16), and Kodiak (Class 8). Shockwave and Kodiak are the current corrected time leaders in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division and St. David’s Lighthouse Division, respectively. Med Spirit is the current corrected time leader in the Open Division.

First to finish Rambler, a 90-foot Reichel/Pugh sloop owned by George David (Hartford, Conn.), broke the course record decisively, averaging 16.06 knots down the 635-mle course in a time of 39 hours, 39 minutes, 18 seconds. She clipped 9 hours off the previous course record set in 2004 by Morning Glory, which averaged 13.06 knots for Open Division boats and 14 hours from the ‘Official’ Record. Med Spirit set the new Open Division record of 45 hours, 26 minutes, 28 minutes… three hours faster than the previous record.

Sailors had vivid descriptions of high-speed, extremely rough conditions on the long, fast reach that prevailed from start to finish. Scott King, Team Tiburon, reported that after starting under a spinnaker, once the boat cleared the Narragansett Bay entrance buoys the crew set a double-headsail rig with a topsail over a jib. They then took in and shook out reefs in the mainsail as the conditions warranted, with one or two sailors always working the mainsheet.

Team Tiburon sailed Wizard a 74-foot sloop designed by Reichel/Pugh and chartered by Mark E. Watson III, a Bermuda business CEO. They covered 385 miles in her first 24 hours in the race, averaging almost 17 knots. “She felt slow when the speed dropped to 11,” King said. “I’ve been in boats where 11 knots was not even part of the plan.”

King said the water was always rough, with some waves 8 feet or higher and water constantly on deck, pushing sailors around. The Gulf Stream crossing was not as rough as he expected, he said, but it was spectacularly beautiful.

“Just before we entered the Stream we saw a long streak of phosphorescence in the water, as though a full moon was out and shining right down on it.” The phosphorescence disappeared when the boat charged into the main body of the Gulf Stream, but reappeared. “Dolphins were torpedoing through all this, right in front of us,” King said.

As they neared Bermuda on Sunday morning, Team Tiburon sailed into a series of rain-squalls with stronger winds that pushed the boat to over 20 knots as she crossed the finish line off St. David’s Head.

 

George David"€™s 90ft maxi Rambler has smashed the 635 mile Newport Bermuda race record, clipping a massive 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket.  The new record now stands at 39hr, 39 minutes, 18 seconds (subject to ratification)  - an average speed of 16knots(Photo by Barry Pickthall/PPL)

George David"€™s 90ft maxi Rambler has smashed the 635 mile Newport Bermuda race record, clipping a massive 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket. The new record now stands at 39hr, 39 minutes, 18 seconds (subject to ratification) - an average speed of 16knots(Photo by Barry Pickthall/PPL)

Dateline: 07:09:18 ADT Bermuda: George David’s 90ft maxi Rambler has smashed the 635 mile Newport Bermuda race record, clipping a massive 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket. The new record now stands at 39hr, 39 minutes, 18 seconds (subject to ratification) – an average speed of 16knots.

A delighted George David said. “These were perfect conditions. The most exciting moment was when we hit 26 knots. I’m so pleased with our performance. We have reduced the record by 25% – Not bad for a boat that is now 10 years old. This Rambler is the best boat I have ever owned!”

Rambler not only slashed the race record, her crew also spanked their rivals, with Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente crossing the lighthouse line 1 hour 43 minutes behind, followed 3 minutes later by Shockwave skippered by George Sakellaris.

On corrected time however, Shockwave beat Rambler by 33 minutes, followed by Belle Mente in 3rd and Team Tiburon 4th. Two yachts in class 10 are still racing.

 

RAN, BEAU GESTE, RAMBLER, BELLA MENTE, TITAN (Photo by Daniel Forster)

By Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette
Newport Bermuda Race chairman John Osmond is “excited” about the diverse crews competing in this year’s 635 mile ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’ — and for good reason.The veteran American sailor, who has served on the Bermuda Race organising committee for more than a decade, has described this year’s fleet as “extraordinary” and is absolutely thrilled to see Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s Spirit of Bermuda make its maiden voyage in the century old race.“The participants attending are an extraordinary group from boats that were built in the 1930s to boats that just came out of the mould six months ago,” Mr Osmond said. “We are very excited about the spectrum of boats that are going and especially the fact that Spirit of Bermuda is among the entries in its brand new class (Spirit of Tradition).”
There are 166 entries competing in the race, including four Bermuda boats.American entry, Ragana, withdrew from the race at the weekend after experiencing mechanical breakdown en route to Newport.Mr Osmond, a veteran of 15 Newport Bermuda Races, said preparations for this year’s race have so far gone as planned.
“Everything is going along quite smoothly fortunately for the committee which consists of 46 people who have been working for two years on this event,” he said. “All the pieces have come together and everybody has been working very hard.”
Bermuda Race vice-chairman and past RBYC Commodore Les Crane added: “I think registration is going very smoothly and John Osmond who is the race chairman has done a fabulous job putting all this together.“We’re registering the boats ensuring all the paperwork is complete and that everyone is in compliance with the rules that allow them to race.“The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club work closely with the Cruising Club of America who are partners in this race and we’re up here to ensure everyone understand what to expect when they get to Bermuda.”There are a number of social events that will take place in the final lead up to the start of the race, not the least of which is the ever popular Gosling’s Rum Newport Shipyard Crew Party.“We will have a great Bermudian party sponsored by Gosling’s at Newport Shipyard on Wednesday night,” Mr Crane said. “There will be Dark & Stormies and music and it will be a lot of fun.”The 2012 Newport Bermuda Race commences June 15 and concludes several days later in St David’s. The RBYC Anniversary Regatta presented by Butterfield Group will be sailed in the Great Sound on Friday, June 22nd.

 

Newport Bermuda Race 2010 Start (Photo by George Bekris)

Newport Bermuda Race 2010 Start (Photo by George Bekris)

Entry List for Newport to Bermuda 2012

Yacht Yacht Type Division Captain
ANGEL Ctm 84 CD Edward T. Anderson
ATTITUDE Beneteau 423 CD Shawn Dahlen
BLUE C&C 51xl CD Daniel Epstein
CALUSA Sabre 386 CD Peter H. Holmes
CAPELLA Sabre 452 CD David Millet
CETACEA Hinckley SW 59 CD Christopher J. Culver
CHASSEUR Little Harbor 54 CD Gregory G. Smith
CHECKMATE Alden 44 CD Frank J. Flores, Jr.
CONTINGENCY Oyster 53 CD Christopher C. Darby
CRACKERJACK Cambria 40 CD Alan H. Krulisch
DEFIANCE Swan 56 CD Peter B. Noonan
FEO Joshua Ketch CD Eric P. Best
GLORY Tartan 4700 CD William Slattery
GRACE First 40.7 CD Jack Ives
HAERLEM Swan 55 CD Hendrikus PLM Wisker
INISHARON F&C 44 CD James D’A. Murphy
ISOLA Baltic 52 CD Howard Eisenberg
KANGAROO IV Sabre 425 CD Harvey E. Cohen
LADY B Swan 60 CD John P. Madden Jr.
LIBERTY CALL Hallberg Rassy 43 CD Matthew G, Pilon
LILLA CNB Briand76 CD Simon De Pietro
MOONDANCE Swan 56 CD Michael V, Johnson
OCEAN WANDERER 1 Montevideo 43 CD Erwin Wanderer
ODYSSEY Swan 55/57 CD Glen V Dexter
PILGRIM Alden 44 CD Mark Rice
POESKE Beneteau First42 CD Richard Donn
SHINDIG Pea39 CD Kevin G, Flannery
SKY Swan 53 CD Barrett Raymond
TRUE J/160 CD Howard B. Hodgson, Jr.
WISCHBONE Oyster 53 CD Jeffrey S. Wisch
ALIBI J120 DH Gardner L. Grant, Jr.
AMHAS Class 40 DH MacKenzie Davis
AVATAR Ranger 37 DH John Kedzierski
CHOUCAS Sunfast 36 DH Frederic Cosandey
DRAGON Class 40 DH Michael Hennessy
EAGLE J40 DH Dana Oviatt
GRYPHONSOLO2 Akilaria RC2 DH Joseph S. Harris
KIVA Hinckley SW 51CB DH Mark Stevens
MIREILLE J120 DH E. Hewitt Gaynor
NEXT BOAT Morris 45 DH Mark Ellman
OAKCLIFF RACING Ker 11.3 DH Jeffrey A. MacFarlane
PALADIN J35 DH Jason Richter
PENGUIN Pearson 35 DH Steven H. Dane
RESOLUTE J122 DH D. Scott Miller
RUSE Swan 44mkII DH William Marsh
SAILOR BANDIDO Quest 33 DH Christopher A. Palabrica
SEABISCUIT J46 DH Nathan C, Owen
VALOUR Peterson 37 DH Ernie Messer
WHISPER Hinckley 48 DH Thomas J. Vander Salm
AVRA Ctm 40 GHL George Petrides
BELLA MENTE 72′ Mini Maxi GHL Hap Fauth
CLEM Swan 56 GHL Jaime Olazabal
DEFIANCE Marten 49 GHL Hamnett P. Hill
DRAGONFLY J/130 GHL Colin A. McGranahan
MEANIE R/P 52 GHL Thomas Akin
PANDORA C&C 115 GHL Peter J. Bromley
PTARMIGAN Ker 43 GHL Lawrence F, Dickie
RAMBLER Ctm 90 GHL George David
RIMA2 RP 55 GHL John G. Brim
SHOCKWAVE Mini Maxi GHL George Sakellaris
SNOW LION Ker 50 GHL Lawrence S, Huntington
STARK RAVING MAD Swan 601 GHL James C. Madden
TEAM TIBURON R/P 74 GHL Mark E. Watson III (USMMA)
TEMPTATION-OAKCLIFF Ker 50 GHL Oakcliff Sailing Santry Arthur
UXORIOUS IV Swan 62 GHL Colin J. Buffin
DONNYBROOK Andrews 80 Open James P. Muldoon
ICARUS Class 40 Open Amanda Mochrie
INDIO Wally 100 Open Mark Fliegner
MED SPIRIT Welbourn 92 Open Michael DAmelio
TOOTHFACE Akilaria Class40 Open Mike Dreese
TRANSPORT COHÉRENCE Class40 Open Benoit Jouandet
ACTAEA Hinckley B40 SDL Michael M, Cone
AIRBORNE IV Beneteau 50 SDL William B. Greenwood III
AKELA III Swan 43 SDL Djoerd Hoekstra
ARROWHEAD J42 SDL Steve Berlack
AURELIUS Bestevaer 76 SDL Daniel van Starrenburg
AURORA Tartan 41 SDL Andrew F. Kallfelz
AVENIR C&C 41 SDL Joseph Murray
BACCHANAL J133 SDL Jan Smeets
BACCI Swan 53 SDL Lorenzo Vascotto
BANDANA Swan 47 SDL Charles F. Benson
BARLEYCORN NYYC Swan 42 SDL Brendan J Brownyard
BARRA Morris 486 SDL Bruce M. MacNeil
BEAGLE J/44 SDL Philip H. Gutin
BELLE AURORE Cal 40 SDL Doug Jurrius
BLACK WATCH Ctm 68 Yawl SDL Joseph C. Robillard
BOMBARDINO Santa Cruz 52 SDL James and Macrae Sykes
BRETWALDA 3 Rogers 46 SDL Bob Pethick
BRIGAND Ctm 50 SDL Sean D. Saslo
CANNONBALL Swan 68 SDL Charles A. Robertson
CARINA Ctm 48 SDL A. Rives Potts, Jr.
CHARLIE V J/44 SDL Norman H. Schulman, MD
CHRISTOPHER DRAGON J/122 SDL Andrew Weiss
CONVICTION TP52 SDL Ralf Steitz
CONVICTUS MAXIMUS Farr IRC 42 SDL Donald W. Nicholson
CRAZY HORSE Frers Comp 45 SDL Patrick T. Walker
CYBELE IMX-45 SDL Rick Burnes
CYGNETTE Swan 441 SDL William J. Mayer
DAWN STAR Baltic 46 SDL William N. Hubbard III
DECISION Carkeek HP 40 SDL Stephen Murray
DEFIANCE NAVY 44 SDL Bryan Weisberg
DOGSLED Kaufman 47 SDL Todd Forrest Barnard
DORADE S&S Custom SDL James A. Hilton
DREAMCATCHER Swan 48 S&S SDL Stephen Kylander
FEARLESS Farr 395 SDL Shaun J. Ensor
FINESSE J42 SDL Newton P.S. Merrill
FLYING LADY Swan 46 SDL Phillip S. Dickey MD
GLIDE J42 SDL C.Tanner Rose, Jr
GLORY J/44 SDL Jason LeBlanc
GOLD DIGGER J/44 SDL James D. Bishop
GRACIE McCurdy & Rhodes SDL Stephan A & Simon W Frank
GREAT SCOT J35 SDL Darren Garnier
GREY GHOST Zaal 38 SDL Philip P. Parish
GRUNDOON Columbia 50 SDL James A. Grundy
HAKUNA MATATA Cal 39 TM 1-147 SDL Christopher J. Andrews
HIRO MARU Swan 43 Classic SDL Hiroshi Nakajima
HOT TICKET King 40 SDL James E. Hightower
ILLUSION Grand Soleil 45 SDL Ralph F. Racca
INVICTUS TP52 SDL Ralph Duffett
ISLA New York 32 SDL Henry S. May, Jr.
JACKKNIFE J133 SDL Andrew Hall
JACQUELINE IV Hinckley SW 42 SDL Robert Forman
KODIAK Ctm 65 SDL Edwin Llwyd Ecclestone
LAPIN Beneteau First 4 SDL Christopher J. Clark
LINDY Peterson 38 SDL David G. Dickerson
LIR Swan 45 SDL John A. McNamara
LORA ANN Express 37 SDL Richard T. du Moulin
MAGIC Santa Cruz 52 SDL Kenneth Laudon
MATADOR J133 SDL Dale E. McIvor
MISCHIEVOUS Ctm 65 SDL Albert J. Fitzgibbons III
MISTY J40 WK SDL Fred Allardyce
MOLTO BENE Beneteau First 4 SDL Richard Ewing
MOONSHINE Tartan 4100 SDL Dennis J. Ziemba
MORGAN OF MARIETTA Centurion 42 SDL Colin G. Golder
MORPHEUS Schumacher 50 SDL James D. Gregory
MUSICA Aerodyne 38 SDL Cliff T. Haddox
NASTY MEDICINE Corby 41.5 SDL Dr Stephen J. Sherwin
NICOLE Cal 40 SDL Thomas C. duPont
OLD SCHOOL Farr 395 SDL J Ganson Evans
PASSION4C Bill Tripp 56 SDL Stefan Lehnert
PATRIOT Nautor Swan SDL Richard J. Isted
QUEST Cambria 40 SDL Dennis W. Powers
RAGANA Cape Fear 38R SDL Darius Peleda
REGATTA Carter 41 SDL Constantine G. Koste
RELATIVITY First 50 SDL Hall Palmer
ROCKET J. SQUIRREL Swan 39 SDL L, Otorowski
ROCKET SCIENCE J120 SDL Rick F. Oricchio
RUNAWAY J/44 SDL Lawrence R. Glenn
SELKIE McCurdy & Rhodes 38 SDL Sheila McCurdy
SHAZAAM J42 SDL Roger B. Gatewood
SHINNECOCK J120 SDL James C. Praley
SINN FEIN Cal 40 SDL Peter S. Rebovich, Sr.
SLIDE RULE First 44.7 SDL Scott Bearse
STAMPEDE J/44 SDL Jimmie Sundstrom
STORMY PETREL Leadership 44 SDL Jack Neades
SWIFT NAVY 44 SDL Steve Jaenke
TEMPTRESS IMX-45 SDL Robert W. Kits Heyningen
TRIPLE LINDY Swan 44 MKll SDL Joseph Mele
VAMP J/44 SDL Leonard J. Sitar
WANDRIAN Taylor 41 SDL D. William Tucker
WAZIMO Aerodyne 38 SDL Barrett Holby
WHITE RHINO Swan 56 SDL Collin J. Marshall
WIDOW MAKER C&C 44 SDL George Bauer
WINDBORN J120 SDL Richard W. Born
ZEST Hinckley SW42 SDL Brian E. Swiggett
ZION Aerodyne 38 SDL Timothy P. Maney
ZOE II First 40 SDL Francois Brassard
SPIRIT OF BERMUDA Ctm 86 SPIRIT Scott Jackson

Rambler 100 (Photo courtesy of

Rambler 100 (Photo courtesy of Storm Trysail Club)

Even though it moved along at only five knots for several hours and briefly “parked” three times when the wind switched off completely, Rambler 100, George David’s (Stamford, Conn.) rocket ship built for speed, broke–by 42 minutes and 45 seconds– Boomerang’s 2002 record in the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race.  The 186 nautical mile race, a Long Island classic that has been held annually for 66 years, started on the Friday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend and sent 59 boats in eight classes (six IRC and two PHRF) on a course from Stamford, Conn. (where host Stamford Yacht Club is located), down Long Island Sound, clockwise around Block Island (R.I.), and back. Rambler 100 finished early Saturday morning after sailing for just over 15 hours and 43 minutes, while the last boat finished Sunday afternoon just after 4 p.m.

 

Though gaining an edge in the Block Island Race typically means correctly choosing between two current-ridden passages –Plum Gut and “The Race”–for the fastest transport to Block Island (and then again coming back from it), this year’s key to success seemed to lie in getting to the Long Island shore as quickly as possible after the start.

 

“Whoever got there got the new breeze first,” said Event Chair Ray Redniss, explaining that the fleet started upwind in 9-12 knots when in past years spinnaker starts have prevailed.   Rambler’s class was the last to start, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s (Kings Point, N.Y.) Reichel/Pugh 65 Vanquish, sailed by the youthful Oakcliff All American Team, made the move to shore first, while others who were in the middle of the Sound seemed stuck.  According to Rambler 100’s manager and crew member Mick Harvey (Newport, R.I.), his team was becalmed just a half hour after the start but overtook Vanquish about 1 ½ hours into the race after the southwest breeze kicked in and “surprisingly held steady” enough to carry the team out of the Sound and around Block Island.  Rambler 100’s navigator Peter Isler chose to pass through Plum Gut both coming and going, but it was during the return from Block Island to the Gut where the wind lightened to 5 knots or so for a couple of hours.

 

According to George David, who steered the boat, “We thought our chances (for breaking the record) were gone over the last 12 miles coming back into the Gut.  This was the lightest sustained air for us…then it changed right at the Gut, and we carried 12+ knots (at the masthead) all the way past Stratford Shoal and up to three miles from the finish.  The record looked more and more likely as we came down the Sound and the breeze held, which we hadn’t expected at all.”

 

Breaking the record despite some light breezes may have had much to do with Rambler 100 being 20 feet longer and 10 tons lighter than Boomerang, with a mast 30 feet higher to harness more wind aloft, but the accomplishment also had sentimental meaning for David. “We had three runs at it with the 90 footer (Rambler), so we’d have to say we were looking for it,” said David.

 

Noting that Rambler 100’s mission is to break existing records and establish a new record from Newport to The Lizard (Cornwall, U.K.) in the 2011 Transatlantic Race later this summer, Mick Harvey added, “If we had had breeze the whole way in the Block Island Race, we might have taken only 10 hours to get around.”

 

Peter Rugg (New York, N.Y.) on the J/105 Jaded, also saw the advantage of going to the Long Island shore right away, but since he started first in the 11-boat double-handed class (sailing with Dudley Nostrand of Hamilton, Mass.), he had no other classes to follow there. “The NOAA forecast said five knots out of the southeast for the next couple of days, but because we didn’t have that at the start (it was out of the east and even a bit north of that), we didn’t think it would hold.  We were the first boat to tack to the Long Island shore, and when we saw other boats sailing there in a 15-knot southerly to southwest breeze, we said ‘holy smokes this is important.’”

 

About a mile from Plum Gut, Rugg noted that only those with code zero sails were able to stay high enough on shore to avoid “running into competing doldrums” in the middle of the Sound.  “When we got close to the Gut, the breeze died, but we had just enough wind to squeak around the corner and be flushed through the Gut on a fair current,” said Rugg.

 

Rugg said Jaded ran into a bit of a drifter on the north side of Block Island, but the south side greeted them with more wind, some chop, and the lasting impression of baby nurse sharks all around.  “The last two miles to the finish were the worst,”  said Rugg. “The wind dropped, the tide was taking us away from the mark, and we were rolled by another double-handed boat.  We just had to finish before we gave away our time to the other boats.”

Jaded did that successfully, winning not only the Gerold Abels Trophy for the best performance by a double-handed team but also the Harvey Conover Memorial Overall Trophy, awarded to the boat that has won her class and, in the judgment of the Flag Officers and Race Committee, had the best overall performance.

 

Rambler 100 won both the Governor’s Race West Trophy for best elapsed time in the IRC fleet and the William Tripp Jr. Memorial Trophy for best corrected time. It also won the Commodore’s Trophy, which goes to the boat that has won her class and has beaten the 2nd and 3rd place boat by the greatest margin of time.

 

In PHRF class, Threebeans, owned by Christopher Rosow (Fairfield, Conn.), won both the Terrapin Trophy and the Governor’s Race East Trophy (best corrected and best elapsed time, respectively)

 

The Block Island Race was first held in 1946 and is a qualifier for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF), and the Gulf Stream Series (IRC). The Block Island Race is also a qualifier for the Caper, Sagola, and Windigo trophies awared by the YRA of Long Island Sound and the ‘Tuna’ Trophy for the best combined IRC scores in the Edlu (40%) and the Block Island Race (60%).

About the Storm Trysail Club

The Storm Trysail Club, reflecting in its name the sail to which sailors must shorten when facing severe adverse conditions, is one of the world’s most respected sailing clubs, with its membership comprised strictly of skilled blue water and ocean racing sailors. In addition to hosting Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex in odd-numbered years, the club holds various prestigious offshore racing events (among them the annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race and the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race); annual junior safety-at-sea seminars; and a regatta for college sailors using big boats.

For more information on the Storm Trysail Club and its events, including the Block Island Race, visit the official website www.stormtrysail.org.

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Storm Trysail Club’s 66th Block Island Race
Overall Results

Finish Position, Yacht Name, Yacht Type Length, Skipper, Hometown

 
 

IRC Doublehanded (IRC – 11 Boats)

1. Jaded, J 105, Peter Rugg , New York, NY, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Choucas, Jeanneau SF 36, Frederic Cosandey , New York, NY, USA – 2, ; 2

3. Skye, Farr 395, James T. Anderson , Riverside, CT, USA – 3, ; 3

IRC-35 (IRC – 6 Boats)

1. Carina, Custom 48 48′, Rives Potts , Westbrook, CT, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Afterglow, Express 37 37, Bill Walker , Easton, CT, USA – 2, ; 2

3. KYRIE, Tartan 4100 41.25, John DiMatteo , Centerport, NY, USA – 3, ; 3

 

IRC-40 (IRC – 12 Boats)

1. Beagle, J 44, Philip Gutin , New York, NY, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Christopher Dragon, J 122, Andrew Weiss , Mamaroneck, NY, USA – 2, ; 2

3. Soulmate, J 120, Joseph Healey , Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA – 3, ; 3

 

IRC-45 (IRC – 4 Boats)

1. Dragonfly , J 130, Colin McGranahan , Larchmont, NY, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Xcelsior, IMX-45, Todd LaBaugh , Rye, NY, USA – 2, ; 2

3. Tiburon, Swan Club 42, M/N Kevan Stoekler , Kings Point, NY, USA – 3, ; 3

 

IRC-50 (IRC – 8 Boats)

1. Bombardino, Santa Cruz 52, James Sykes , New York, NY, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Gracie, MH Sloop 69, Stephan Frank , Darien, CT, USA – 2, ; 2

3. Magic, Santa Cruz 52, Kenneth Laudon , Croton on Hudson, NY, USA – 3, ; 3

 

IRC-ZERO (IRC – 3 Boats)

1. Rambler 100, JK 100, George David , Hartford, Ct, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Vanquish, Reichel/Pugh 65, Oakcliff All American Offshore Team , Kings Point, NY, USA – 2, ; 2

3. Zaraffa, Reichel/Pugh 65, Huntington Sheldon , Shelburne, VT, USA – 3, ; 3

 

PHRF-1 (PHRF – 11 Boats)

1. Patience, Tripp 33, Rick Royce , Glen Cove, NY, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Gringo, Pearson 37, Michael McGuire , Darien, CT, USA – 2, ; 2

3. Audacious, Frers 33, Robert Farnum , Oxford, CT, USA – 3, ; 3

 

PHRF-2 (PHRF – 5 Boats)

1. Threebeans, Santa Cruz 37, Christopher Rosow , Fairfield, CT, USA – 1, ; 1

2. Red Stripe, Flying Tiger 10M, Charlie Reynolds , Southport, Ct, USA – 2, ; 2

3. Eagle, J 120, Steven Levy , Greenwich, CT, USA – 3, ; 3

 

 

66th Block Island Race – Overall Trophies

 

George Lauder Trophy – Best performance by a Vintage boat (15 years old +)

Carina Rives Potts

 

Commodore’s Grail Trophy – Best corrected time in IRC below 1.08

Carina Rives Potts

Governor’s Race West Trophy – Best elapsed time in the IRC Fleet

Rambler 100 George David

 

William Tripp Jr. Memorial Trophy – Best corrected time in the IRC Fleet

Rambler 100 George David

 

Terrapin Trophy – Best corrected time  –  PHRF

Threebeans Christopher Rosow

Governor’s Race East Trophy – Best elapsed time – PHRF

Threebeans Christopher Rosow

Gerold Abels Trophy – Best Performance Double-Handed

Jaded Peter Rugg / Dudley Nostrand

 

Roddie Williams Team Race Trophy

Storm Trysail Red      Gracie / Skye / Dragonfly

 

Tuna Trophy for the best IRC combined scores in the Edlu (40%) and the BI Race (60%)

Christopher Dragon Andrew Weiss

 

Commodore’s Trophy – To the boat that has won her class and has beaten the 2nd and 3rd place boat by the greatest margin of time.

Rambler 100 George David

 

Harvey Conover Memorial Overall Trophy – Awarded to the boat that has won her class and, in the judgment of the Flag Officers and Race Committee, had the best overall performance.

Jaded Peter Rugg / Dudley Nostrand

Jaded (Photo courtesy of )

Jaded (Photo courtesy of Storm Trysail Club)