MACIF arrives in New York City, July 3, 2017 (Photo © Thierry Martinez / Sea&Co.)

François Gabart and the crew on MACIF win THE BRIDGE 2017 Ultime Trimarans – Centennial Transat race as they crossed under the The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on July 3rd at 13:31 EST. The crew consisting of François Gabart – skipper, Pascal Bidégorry, Guillaume Combescure, Antoine Gautier, Benoît Marie and Yann Riou. They crossed in 8 days, 31 minutes and 20 seconds. The boat crossed the atlantic averaging 18.6 kts.

MACIF Crew at press conference (Photo © George Bekris)

The race pitted the Queen Mary 2 against four Ultime trimarans skippered by some of the greatest names in Ocean Racing. François Gabart – MACIF, Francis Joyon – IDEC SPORT, Thomas Coville – Sodebo Ultime and Yves Le Blévec – ACTUAL.

François Gabart © George Bekris

They left Saint-Nazaire on June 25th UTC for the 3068.4 nm transat. The trimaran skippers faced headwinds during much of their race as a result they raced a longer race in terms of actual miles than the Queen Mary 2. They also had some areas of very calm winds reducing their boat speed.

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The QM2 could follow a more or less straight line to the finish minus the exclusion zones for ice formations and Cetaceans. The Queen Mary 2 did stray into the ice exclusion zone for a short time before correcting causing them a penalty.

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IDEC SPORT, skippered by Francis Joyon placed 2nd when they crossed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at 8 days 11 hours 9 minutes 3seconds. The crew covered this transat with an average of 17.2 kts of speed. We spoke to Francis Joyon following his arrival in New York and he said he plans to head back across the atlantic solo on Friday July 7th on IDEC SPORT. He stated this will be the first time he has a chance to sail IDEC SPORT solo and he wants to take this opportunity to get to know his boat without crew. 17.2 kts average speed.

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Sodebo Ultime crossed 3rd despite having an injured crewman on Tuesday, July 4 at 05:18:55 EST. Just 50 miles behind IDEC SPORT. They completed the race in 8 days,16 hours,18 minutes, 55 seconds with a 17.04 kts average speed.

Thomas Coville, the current round the world solo record holder, was in good spirits after arrival and was happy with the time they made coming in as they passed the Statue of Liberty right after dawn. They were able to complete the race without evacuating the injured Thierry Briend until they passed the finish. He was then transferred to a RIB and taken for medical attention as a precaution.

© Thierry Martinez / Sea&Co. NEW YORK CITY – USA , 4 Juillet 2017

Coville commented on dealing with his injured friend and crewmate after arriving at the Atlantic Boat Basin ““We were all very worried when Thierry had his problem,” Colville said. “I’m not going to discuss the whole race through this, but it really did affect us. He was knocked flat on his back and then the other way, face first onto a winch. He was incoherent for a few hours and couldn’t remember what had happened. The doctor said evacuating him from the boat wasn’t the right thing to do because it was best to keep him out of the elements. You need to have a very professional crew running the boat, so that when you have an injury, like Thierry had, you can manage it properly. We managed to race the boat to the finish and the situation with Thierry at the same time.”

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ACTUAL finish off the race and concluded the race when they arrived in New York on July 5th, at 10.28 pm and 58 seconds. They arrived in the night with spotlights highlighting the crew and boat against the Statue of Liberty as they passed.

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The event concluded for the Ultime Trimarans with the award ceremony at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on July 6, 2017.

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Although the rest of the MACIF was on hand for the ceremony and to accept the award. François Gabart had to appear via live video because he had to return to France where his wife is expecting a baby at any time.

New York Yacht Club awards presentation. (Photo © Thierry Martinez / Sea&Co.)

The event concluded for the Ultime Trimarans with the award ceremony at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on July 6, 2017.

THE BRIDGE 2017 (Photo © George Bekris)

Crew of IDEC SPORT
Francis Joyon
Alex Pella (ESP)
Sébastien Audigane
Gwénola Gahinet
Clément Surtel
Quentin Ponroy

Crew of ACUTAL
Yves Le Blévec
Samantha Davies
Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant
Davy Beaudart
Stanislas Thuret

Crew of Sodebo Ultime
Thomas Coville
Jean-Luc Nélias
Vincent Riou
Billy Besson
Loïc Le Mignon
Thierry Briend

Crew of MACIF
François Gabart
Pascal Bidégorry
Guillaume Combescure
Antoine Gautier
Benoît Marie
Yann Riou

Damien Grimont, Organiser of THE BRIDGE, is raised overhead by the MACIF Crew after they docked at The Atlantic Basin (Photo © George Bekris)

 

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161st New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta Around the Island Race (Photo by George Bekris)

161st New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta Around the Island Race (Photo by George Bekris)

If on Friday it looked unusually busy just off Newport Harbor, it was because 135 of the 167 boats signed up for the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex had gathered in Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, just south of Pell Bridge, to begin the 161-year-old regatta’s traditional sprint around Conanicut Island. With the wind struggling to fill from the southwest, race officials prudently postponed the noon start for an hour before successfully sending off 14 classes in a northerly direction, under the bridge for a counter-clockwise circumnavigation. It was shortened to finish off Beavertail Light in Jamestown, and the overall IRC awards at stake – the much coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date timepiece given for best corrected time and a first-time Sentient Jet Trophy for best elapsed time – were won, respectively, by Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s (Bayhead, N.J.) Botin 44 Interlodge and Michael Dominguez’s (Newport, R.I.) Marstrom 32 catamaran Bronco.

Marstrom 32  Bronco (Photo by George Bekris)

Marstrom 32 Bronco (Photo by George Bekris)

“The first part of the day had a little bit more breeze,” said Dominguez. “We rounded the top of the island and may have been in third at that point, still close to two of the other Marstroms. Then down the backside, in a tacking battle with them, we made the decision to go through Dutch Harbor where we saw more pressure and current. It turned out to be a huge gain, and we came out pretty far ahead of the two other boats. Then everything kind of compressed as we got further down the backside of Jamestown, and it turned into a real tacking battle at the end.”

Marstrom 32 Bronco (Photo by George Bekris)

Marstrom 32 Bronco (Photo by George Bekris)

Tomorrow, the Marstroms will use America’s Cup style race courses, so they will have reaching starts, and the races will be relatively short. “We’ll be really concentrating on the maneuvers, which make a huge difference in this boat,” said Dominguez. “The speed and the quality of maneuvers either gain you boat lengths or cost you boat lengths.”

Interlodge is new for the Fragomens, who have sailed a TP52 of the same name successfully for many years; it was splashed only a week ago and christened last night at Newport Shipyard where many of the Annual Regattas are docked.   “We thought we’d try something different, so we decided to develop an optimum boat for east coast regattas,” said Austin Fragomen. “It’s sportier and more agile than the 52 yet very powerful and fast downwind.”

Fragomen said he also wanted the right size of boat to race with others in the 40-foot range, as he thinks this is the growing group of boats on the east coast. He believes the two Carkeek 40s in his IRC 1 class here – Spookie and Decision, which finished second and third today behind Interlodge– will be his toughest competition throughout the weekend.

The “NYYC Red” team comprised of Paul Jeka’s Custom 41 After Midnight and Steve/Heidi Benjamin’s Carkeek 40 Spookie won the Rolex Trophy for best two-boat IRC team.

Rambler 88 by George Bekris

Rambler 88 by George Bekris

The event’s largest entrant, Rambler 88, was notably missing from the afternoon’s starting sequences, but it had sailed by a time or two, flexing its massive muscles even in the light breezes. With a mast reaching 136 feet tall, the 88 footer cannot fit under the middle span of the Jamestown Bridge, which greets sailors midway through the Around-the-Island Race on the west side of Conanicut Island (Narragansett Bay’s West Passage); therefore, the Rambler 88 team’s day was spent practicing for the weekend’s racing, which features ‘round-the-buoys racing and some stadium-style courses for IRC and one-design classes as well as ‘round-government marks racing on “navigators’ courses” for PHRF classes.

My Sharona (Photo by George Bekris)

My Sharona (Photo by George Bekris)

“We are doing the Annual Regatta with Rambler 88 because it’s a new boat and particularly because this week we put new appendages on the boat, some side foils, which we are very keen to try,” said Rambler 88’s designer, naval architect Juan Kouyoumdjian, further explaining that the Rambler 88 team also is prepping for the Transatlantic Race 2015 starting off Newport later this summer. “So far, so good…I don’t think the wind will be enough to use the appendages this weekend, but every hour we can put on the boat is a good hour.”

Kouyoumdjian indicated he speaks for the entire team when he says the 161st New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex is very important. “It’s tradition, and the New York Yacht Club has been at the forefront of sailing for a very long time; everyone feels a sense of pride about participating.”

More Photos of the NYYC Round the Island Race by George Bekris HERE

Wild Child (Photo by George Bekris)

Wild Child (Photo by George Bekris)

 

RESULTS

161st NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex (Around-the-Island Race)
June 12, 2015
Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

CRF Classics NS (CRF – 9 Boats)
1. Silent Maid, Catboat 33, Peter Kellogg, Summit, NJ, USA, 1 (1)
2. Spartan, NY50, Charlie Ryan, Providence, RI, USA, 2 (2)
3. Angelita, 8 Metre, Skelsey / Croll, Greenwich, CT, USA, 3 (3)
CRF SoT NS (CRF – 2 Boats)
1. QUEST (SoT), 8 Metre, Diane Palm, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1 (1)
2. Wild Horses (SoT), W-Class W.76, Donald Tofias, Newport, RI, USA, 2 (2)
IRC 1 (IRC – 9 Boats)
1. Interlodge, Botin HPR 44, Austin and Gwen Fragomen, Newport, RI, USA, 1 (1)
2. SPOOKIE, Carkeek HP 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin, Norwalk, CT, USA, 2 (2)
3. HOOLIGAN, IRC 52, Gunther Buerman, Highland Beach, FL, USA, 3 (3)
IRC 2 (IRC – 10 Boats)
1. DownTime, Summit 40, Ed Freitag / Molly Haley, Annapolis, MD, USA, 1 (1)
2. After Midnight, CTM 41, Paul Jeka , Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA, 2 (2)
3. The Cat Came Back, Swan 42, Lincoln Mossop, Providence, RI, USA, 3 (3)
IRC 3 (IRC – 11 Boats)
1. Wings, J 122, Mike Bruno, Armonk, NY, USA, 1 (1)
2. Talisman, Farr 395, John Bailey, Darien, CT, USA, 2 (2)
3. Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht, Sea Cliff, NY, USA, 3 (3)
IRC 4 (IRC – 10 Boats)
1. Leading Edge, J35, Tom Sutton, Houston, Texas, USA, 1 (1)
2. Mischief, Lyman-Morse 40, David Schwartz, Smithfield, RI, USA, 2 (2)
3. Carina, Custom 48, Rives Potts, Westbrook, CT, USA, 3 (3)
Swan 42 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Apparition, Swan 42, Colin Gordon, Guilford, CT, USA, 1 (1)
2. Hoss, Swan 42, Sail Team Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA, 2 (2)
3. Daring, Swan 42, John Hele, Newport, RI, USA, 3 (3)
J/111 (One Design – 11 Boats)
1. Wild Child, J/111, Kenn Fischburg, Norwich, CT, USA, 1 (1)
2. Wooton, J/111, William Smith, Chicago, IL, USA, 2 (2)
3. My Sharona, J/111, George Gamble, Pensacola, FL, USA, 3 (3)
C&C 30 OD (One Design – 9 Boats)
1. Themis, C&C 30, Walt Thirion , Annapolis , MD, USA, 1 (1)
2. Nyabinghi, C&C 30, Angus Davis, Bristol, RI, USA, 2 (2)
3. Just A Friend, C&C 30, Clayton Deutsch, Newport, RI, USA, 3 (3)
12 Metre (One Design – 9 Boats)
1. Victory 83, 12 Metre, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, FL, USA, 1 (1)
2. New Zealand, 12 Metre, Gunther Buerman Lexi Gahagan, Newport, RI, USA, 2 (2)
3. Courageous, 12Metre, Ralph Isham /Alexander Auersperg , Newport, RI, USA, 3 (3)
M32 (One Design – 4 Boats)
1. Bronco, M32, Michael Dominguez, Barrington, RI, USA, 1 (1)
2. Escape Velocity, Marstrom 32, Ron O’Hanley , Salem, MA, USA, 2 (2)
3. Convexity, M32, Donald Wilson, Chicago, IL, USA, 3 (3)
PHRF 1 (Spinnaker) (PHRF – 9 Boats)
1. Six Brothers, C-32, Chris Kramer, Rye, NY, USA, 1 (1)
2. Temptress, Taylor 41, John Gowell, East Greenwich, RI, USA, 2 (2)
3. Sunset Child, J 120, Marcus Cholerton-Brown, New York, NY, USA, 3 (3)
PHRF 2 (Spinnaker) (PHRF – 12 Boats)
1. Brigadoon X, Nimble 30 30, Robert Morton , Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 1 (1)
2. Grimace, J 100 33, Dawson Hodgson , Slocum, RI, USA, 2 (2)
3. Spirit, J 92S 30, EC Helme , Newport, RI, USA, 3 (3)
PHRF 3 (Non-Spinnaker) (PHRF – 6 Boats)
1. Crackerjack, Cambria 40, Alan Krulisch, Arlington, USA, 1 (1)
2. Flying Cloud 11, Swan 44 Mk 2 43.8, Gordon McNabb, Middletown, RI, USA, 2 (2)
3. Duck Soup, C&C 37 R/XL 39’6, Bill Clavin, Warwick, RI, USA, 3 (3)
Spartan (Photo by George Bekris )

Spartan (Photo by George Bekris )

 Jim Vos's SKOOT, the new J/109 North American Champion SKOOT, Sail Number:  USA 369, Owner/Skipper:  Jim Vos, Class:  J 109, Yacht Type:  J 109, Home Port:  New Canaan, CT, USA RUSH, Sail Number:  USA 51, Owner/Skipper:  Bill Sweetser, Class:  J 109, Yacht Type:  J 109, Home Port:  Annapolis, MD, USA  (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)


Jim Vos’s SKOOT, the new J/109 North American Champion
SKOOT, Sail Number: USA 369, Owner/Skipper: Jim Vos, Class: J 109, Yacht Type: J 109, Home Port: New Canaan, CT, USA RUSH, Sail Number: USA 51, Owner/Skipper: Bill Sweetser, Class: J 109, Yacht Type: J 109, Home Port: Annapolis, MD, USA (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

h sailing sealed the deal today for IRC, PHRF and One-Design winners in Part II of the ninth biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. (Part I, for Classics, was sailed over the weekend of July 12-13.) After Wednesday’s (July 16) opening day races were cancelled due to the threat of thunderstorms, Thursday’s and Friday’s racing was pushed from mid-morning to early afternoon to allow Newport’s dependable southwesterly sea breeze to kick in, and although that breeze was light on both days, there was still plenty of action for the 73 teams competing. Rotating each day to one of three different circles, one on Narragansett Bay and two on Rhode Island Sound, sailors counted 4, 5, 6 or 9 races in their score lines going into today when a light easterly kicked in early to allow three races each in Swan 42, J/109, IRC 1, IRC 2, and IRC 3 classes and two each in J/44, PHRF and Marstrom 32 class.

 Jim Swartz's IRC 52 VESPER in IRC 1 VESPER, Sail Number:  USA 52007, Owner/Skipper:  Jim Swartz, Class:  IRC 1, Yacht Type:  TP 52, Home Port:  Park City, UT, USA (Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster)

Jim Swartz’s IRC 52 VESPER in IRC 1 VESPER, Sail Number: USA 52007, Owner/Skipper: Jim Swartz, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: TP 52, Home Port: Park City, UT, USA (Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster)

Three Rolex timepieces were awarded: one to Jim Swartz’s (Park City, Utah) IRC 52 Vesper, the IRC overall winner; one to Glenn Darden/Philip Williamson’s (Fort Worth, Texas) Hoss, the new Swan 42 National Champion; and one to Jim Vos’s (New Canaan, Conn.) Skoot, winner of the J/109s and that class’s North American Championship.

“We are elated but we’re not going to gloat, because there are some very good boats that had a tough day today,” said Vos, giving a nod to his tactician Danny Cameron and adding that the class has been joined by lots of new “incredibly competitive” teams this year, including J/109 newcomer Jonathan Rechtschaffer’s Emoticon, which held the lead here for the first two days. “The J/109 fleet is stronger now than it has ever been, so if you’re behind at any point during a race it is very hard to come back. The outcome could have gone many ways this week.”

Glenn Darden and Philip Williamson’s Hoss, the new Swan 42 National Champion HOSS, Sail Number:  USA 4227, Owner/Skipper:  Glenn Darden/ Philip Williamson, Class:  Swan 42, Yacht Type:  Swan 42, Home Port:  Fort Worth, USA MAHALO, Sail Number:  USA 4245, Owner/Skipper:  Charles Kenahan, Class:  Swan 42, Yacht Type:  Swan 42, Home Port:  Swampscott, MA, USA (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster )

Glenn Darden and Philip Williamson’s Hoss, the new Swan 42 National Champion HOSS, Sail Number: USA 4227, Owner/Skipper: Glenn Darden/ Philip Williamson, Class: Swan 42, Yacht Type: Swan 42, Home Port: Fort Worth, USA MAHALO, Sail Number: USA 4245, Owner/Skipper: Charles Kenahan, Class: Swan 42, Yacht Type: Swan 42, Home Port: Swampscott, MA, USA (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster )

Glenn Darden and Philip Williamson have been sailing in the Swan 42 fleet since it was created seven years ago, never to win a nationals, but this week their team onboard Hoss got it right. “There was a lot of talent here, so it was fun to race,” said Darden who was at the helm this week. Hoss was in first place after the first day of racing, but slipped down to third on Friday. It wasn’t until the second-to-last race this afternoon that the team reclaimed the lead. “The Swan 42 National Championship is a very difficult regatta to win,” added Darden, who raced against 12 other top-notch competitors, including three former Swan 42 national champions: Phil Lotz (Arethusa), John Hele (Daring) and Ken Colburn (Apparition). “Our strategy was just to get off the line and sail a good race.”

A total of 27 IRC boats sailed (10 of those were dual-scored for HPR), and in addition to Vesper’s victory, Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s (Norwalk, Conn.) Spookie won IRC 2, while Ed Freitag and Molly Haley’s (Annapolis, Md.) DownTime prevailed in IRC 3.

 Steve and Heidi Benjamin's SPOOKIE won IRC 2 Overall SPOOKIE, Sail Number:  USA 95, Owner/Skipper:  Steve and Heidi Benjamin, Class:  IRC 2, Yacht Type:  Carkeek HP 40, Home Port:  Norwalk, CT, USA (Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster)


Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s SPOOKIE won IRC 2 Overall
SPOOKIE, Sail Number: USA 95, Owner/Skipper: Steve and Heidi Benjamin, Class: IRC 2, Yacht Type: Carkeek HP 40, Home Port: Norwalk, CT, USA (Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster)

Spookie had as many victories (5) in its scoreline as Vesper but one less race to count in the overall IRC victory calculations.

After the first day of light air, Freitag, who also won this class two years ago at Race Week, was tied on point score with Wings and Avalanche. He said his team liked 10 knots, nothing lighter, but would take anything that was thrown at them. DownTime went on to break ahead yesterday and secure victory today.

 

In PHRF class, which sailed both buoy races and navigator’s courses, David and Maryellen Tororello’s (Bridgeport, Conn.) J/111 Partnership turned in five victories over eight races to win, while William Ketcham’s (Greenwich, Conn.) Maxine, won J/44 class on a tie breaker with Jim Bishop’s (Jamestown, R.I.) perennial favorite Gold Digger, which was leading going into today.

For the Marstrom 32 fast-catamaran class, Michael Dominguez’s (Bristol, R.I.) Bronco posted seven victories in 11 races to win.

 

Organizers tried some new concepts never tried before at Race Week or, for that matter, at any other traditional regatta held here in the sailing capitol of America. Most popular was the stadium style racing that took place on Thursday and Friday and made viewable from the shorelines of Jamestown and Newport the windward-leeward laps of the keelboats, while the swift Marstrom 32 catamarans wove in and out and about as fast as they could on America’s Cup style courses.

For the largest boat in the regatta, George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) 90-foot Rambler (in IRC 1), the 1.2 mile legs made for an exhilarating, if not exhausting, ride.

“Those are tough courses for us,” he said, explaining that the speed of the boat combined with two (or three) laps and four (or six) corners to turn mean sail changes come quickly and pose great physical challenges, “but it was great race committee work, and we liked it a lot. It was nice to see land passing by and a lot of fun pushing a boat like this around with 50-foot boats on the line. As soon as we get on the line, we’re gone and pretty much pick where we want to go.”

Celebrating an end of an era, the Rambler team posed for a group photo after their finish today. David is retiring the boat, which has broken the Newport to Bermuda Race record, among others, and has sailed more than 20,000 miles with mostly the same crew members as competed today. He will debut a new Juan K 88-footer, being built in Rhode Island, in September. “It’s a little sad to put Rambler away after seven glorious years, but we’re happy looking back and happy looking forward. It’s as well known a boat as you have on the water, and I’m looking at 21 guys who have remained a remarkably solid, mature team.”

The New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex was held at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse. Entrants came from as far away as Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland (1 each). The state with the most boats entered was Rhode Island (18), followed by Massachusetts (12), New York (14), Connecticut (7), Maryland, New Jersey and Texas (4 each), Virginia and Utah (2 each), and California and Missouri (1 each).

For results and photos, visit www.nyyc.org. Nightly videos produced by T2p.tv are available on the website and at http://bit.ly/1q8JEVD after each day of racing. For more information, contact NYYC Racing Director Brad Dellenbaugh at dellenbaugh@nyyc.org or (401) 845-9633. “Like” us on the NYYC Regattas Facebook Page and use official event hashtag #NYYCRaceWeek when posting on social media platforms.

Top Three Result

Pesented by Rolex – PART II – One-Design and Handicap
Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

Swan 42 (One Design – 13 Boats)
1. Hoss, Swan 42, Glenn Darden/ Philip Williamson , Fort Worth, TX, USA – 1, 3, 1, 12, 5, 2, 8, 1, 4, ; 37
2. Cuordileone, Swan 42, Ettore Mattiello , Florence, ITA – 2, 2, 3, 3, 2, 9/SCP, 13, 12, 1, ; 47
3. Arethusa, Swan 42, Phil Lotz , Newport, RI, USA – 4, 5, 6, 4, 1, 1, 5, 11, 12, ; 49

J 109 (One Design – 17 Boats)
1. Skoot, J/109, Jim Vos , New Canaan, CT, USA – 3, 12, 2, 5, 3, 2, 6, 1, 5, ; 39
2. Caminos, J/109, Donald Filippelli , Amagansett , NY, USA – 2, 8, 1, 1, 8, 1, 10, 11, 1, ; 43
3. Emoticon, J/109, Jonathan Rechtschaffer , Montclair, NJ, USA – 1, 1, 6, 4, 1, 3, 11, 10, 7, ; 44

IRC 1 (IRC – 7 Boats)
1. Vesper, IRC 52, Jim Swartz , Park City, UT, USA – 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 4, 3, ; 14
2. Near Miss, IRC 52, Franck Noel , Geneve, SUI – 3, 3, 3, 1, 2, 2.5, 1, 1.5, ; 17
3. SLED, IRC 52, Takashi Okura , Alpine, NJ, USA – 2, 2, 2, 3, 6, 2.5, 2, 5, ; 24.5

IRC 2 (IRC – 9 Boats)
1. SPOOKIE, Carkeek HP 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , Norwalk, CT, USA – 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ; 10
2. Cool Breeze, Mills 43 Custom, John Cooper , Cane Hill, MO, USA – 1, 3, 3, 2, 4, 2, 1, ; 16
3. Temptation-Oakcliff, Custom Ker 50, Arthur Santry – Oakcliff Sailing , Arlington, VA, USA – 4, 4, 5, 4, 3, 3, 3, ; 26

IRC 3 (IRC – 11 Boats)
1. DownTime, Summit 40, Ed Freitag / Molly Haley , Annapolis, MD, USA – 3, 3, 1, 2, 5, 1, 2, ; 17
2. Wings, J/122, Michael Bruno , Armonk, NY, USA – 5, 1, 4, 3, 2, 2, 5, ; 22
3. Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht , Sea Cliff, NY, USA – 2, 4, 2, 5, 3, 4, 3, ; 23

Marstrom 32 (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Bronco, Marstrom 32, Michael Dominguez , Barrington, RI, USA – 2, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 3, 4, 1, 1, ; 19
2. LIFTOFF, Marstrom 32, Malcolm Gefter, Newport, RI, USA – 1, 3, 2, 2, 1, 2, 4, 1, 2, 2, 3, ; 23
3. POW!, Marstrom 32, Ken Read , Newport, RI, USA – 4, 5, 4, 5, 2, 3, 2, 6/OCS, 1, 3, 2, ; 37

J/44 (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Maxine, J/44, William Ketcham , Greenwich, CT, USA – 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 2, 2, 4, ; 20
2. Gold Digger, J/44, James D. Bishop , Jamestown, RI, USA – 3, 2, 3, 1, 1, 3, 5, 2, ; 20
3. Challenge IV, J/44, Jeffrey W. Willis , Huntington, NY, USA – 1, 4, 2, 5, 3, 5, 1, 1, ; 22

PHRF & J Class (PHRF – 8 Boats)
1. Partnership, J/111, David and Maryellen Tortorello , Bridgeport, CT, USA – 1, 1, 8, 1, 1, 3, 3, 1, ; 19
2. Odyssey, J/111, David/ Alfred Brodsky/ Van Liew , Middletown, R.I., USA – 6, 4, 5, 3, 2, 4, 1, 2, ; 27
3. Bravo, J/111, Sedgwick Ward , Rye, NY, USA – 3, 3, 7, 2, 4, 1, 4, 3, ; 27

HPR1 (HPR – 5 Boats)
1. zHPR Vesper, IRC 52, Jim Swartz , USA – 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 1, ; 11
2. zHPR Near Miss, IRC 52, Franck Noel , USA – 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1, 2, ; 19
3. zHPR Sled, IRC 52, Takashi Okura , USA – 2, 2, 2, 5, 5, 3, 2, 5, ; 26

HPR2 (HPR – 3 Boats)
1. zHPR Spookie, Carkeek 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , USA – 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 8
2. zHPR After Midnight, CTM 41, Paul Jeka , USA – 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, ; 13
3. zHPR Pterodactyl, R/P 45, Scott Weisman , USA – 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, ; 21

HPR3 (HPR – 2 Boats)
1. zHPR Thirty, C&C 30, Max Buerman , USA – 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 1, ; 10
2. zHPR Flying Jenny, Farr 280, Sandra Askew , USA – 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 3/DNF, 2, ; 12

 

IRC 52s VESPER and SLED in IRC 1 IRC 52s VESPER and SLED in IRC 1 VESPER, Sail Number:  USA 52007, Owner/Skipper:  Jim Swartz, Class:  IRC 1, Yacht Type:  TP 52, Home Port:  Park City, UT, USA SLED, Sail Number:  USA 5095, Owner/Skipper:  Takashi Okura, Class:  IRC 1, Yacht Type:  TP 52, Home Port:  Alpine, NJ, USA NEAR MISS, Sail Number:  SUI 1957, Owner/Skipper:  Franck Noel, Class:  IRC 1, Yacht Type:  TP 52, Home Port:  Geneve, SUI (Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster)

IRC 52s VESPER and SLED in IRC 1 IRC 52s VESPER and SLED in IRC 1 VESPER, Sail Number: USA 52007, Owner/Skipper: Jim Swartz, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: TP 52, Home Port: Park City, UT, USA SLED, Sail Number: USA 5095, Owner/Skipper: Takashi Okura, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: TP 52, Home Port: Alpine, NJ, USA NEAR MISS, Sail Number: SUI 1957, Owner/Skipper: Franck Noel, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: TP 52, Home Port: Geneve, SUI (Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster)

 

160TH NEW YORK YACHT CLUB ANNUAL REGATTA PRESENTED BY ROLEX

CARINA, Sail Number: USA 315, Owner/Skipper: Rives Potts, Class: IRC, Yacht Type: Custom 48, Home Port: Westbrook, CT, USA LAURA, Sail Number: KZ-5, Owner/Skipper: Kip Curren, Class: 12 Metre M/GP, Yacht Type: 12 Metre, Home Port: Warwick, RI, USA Off Beavertail lighthouse (Photo by Rolex / Danial Forster)

A record 189 teams competed in the 160th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex this weekend. The event is the oldest regatta in the country and was challenged by near-drifting conditions at times.  Nevertheless, the breezes cooperated better for the final day of racing and winners were named in 19 classes. Among the star-studded gathering of sailors was Australian John Bertrand sailing in Etchells class. He is best known for winning the America’s Cup here in 1983, breaking the New York Yacht Club’s hold on the trophy for 132 years.

Though light, shifty winds had an unusual stronghold on this year’s 160th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, most of the 189 teams competing knew how to take it all in stride. In particular, Doug and Dick DeVos, brothers from Grand Rapids, Mich., couldn’t have asked for a better Father’s Day gift than getting to sail with their sons, Dalton (22) and Ryan (age 23), respectively, on separate boats and against each other in the Melges 32 class.

160TH NEW YORK YACHT CLUB ARGO, Sail Number: USA 128, Owner/Skipper: Jason Carroll, Class: Melges 32, Yacht Type: Melges 32, Home Port: New York,  NY,  USA

ARGO, Sail Number: USA 128, Owner/Skipper: Jason Carroll, Class: Melges 32, Yacht Type: Melges 32, Home Port: New York, NY, USA (Photo by Rolex / Danial Forster)

“My brother and I grew up sailing with our father on his yacht Windquest,” said Dick DeVos, “and he always felt like he was working for us, because we were the ones pushing the program and he was the one sitting on the rail. Doug or I would be driving, and we thought ‘this is a pretty good deal!’” Laughing, DeVos added, “Now our sons have turned it around on us, and they’re driving; it doesn’t seem as good of a deal as it was when I was a kid…I might be the oldest guy on the rail of a Melges 32 at this point!”

After adding one race to the single races sailed on Friday and Saturday, Doug and Dalton DeVos finished with a second overall on Delta, while Dick and Ryan DeVos finished third with their boat Volpe. (Winning the class with all firsts was Argo, steered by Jason Carroll, who is a Melges 32 World Champion and two-time defending National Champion.)

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(Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

“Sailing with Dad is a lot of fun,” said Dalton, the son of Doug DeVos. “Sometimes it’s hard with his work schedule to get all of us on the boat at the same time, but when we do, there’s nothing better. That was the whole point of starting the program, to sail together, and when we can sail with Uncle Dick and Ryan, as well, it makes it that much better. It’s a two-boat program.”

Another father-son team could be found sailing on Erbil Arkin’s Turkish entry Tempus Fugit. The 90-foot Spirit of Tradition yacht  Rob and his son Tom Humphries, who said the yacht “leans on history, but has its own DNA.”

And not to leave moms out of the picture, Terrapin, the Andrews 68 that finished eighth overall in Class 7 ORR (won by the Pearson 39 Simpatico), sails with pink jerseys, hats, and a bow painted on its hull, raising awareness for breast cancer research. Its owner Jon Litt explained: “For my 50th birthday, my crew asked me what I wanted from them and I suggested giving to cancer research rather than buying me something. (Litt’s mom has been battling breast cancer for 10 years.) They did better than that and launched a campaign in May to raise $50,000 for my 50th; in three weeks we have raised $54,000!”

“The weather has been challenging,” said James Madden, owner of the Swan 60 Stark Raving Mad, who counts this as his seventh Annual Regatta and today rose to second behind the Ker 43 Otra Vez in IRC 3 class, pushing yesterday’s leader Spookie back to fourth. “Friday was flukey (in the Around the Island Race, which doesn’t count toward the weekend series), and yesterday it was non-existent at times, so it was looking a lot better this morning. “

160TH NEW YORK YACHT CLUB CAOL ILA R, Sail Number: USA 66069, Owner/Skipper: Alex Schaerer, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: Mini Maxi, Home Port: Newport,  RI,  US

CAOL ILA R, Sail Number: USA 66069, Owner/Skipper: Alex Schaerer, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: Mini Maxi, Home Port: Newport, RI, US (Photo by Rolex / Danial Forster)

Sailors were greeted on the docks with a brisk northerly, but it didn’t hold steady throughout the day, resulting in another “glass-off” (as Madden called it) for boats in the ORR class and three PHRF classes sailing Navigators Courses in northern Narragansett Bay. But while many boats in those classes were not able to finish within their time limits, several boats in other classes made notable gains on the scoreboard after adding today’s single race to one sailed yesterday.

160TH NEW YORK YACHT CLUB BELLA MENTE, Sail Number: USA 45, Owner/Skipper: Hap Fauth, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: JV Mini Maxi, Home Port: Minneapolis,  MN,  USA

BELLA MENTE, Sail Number: USA 45, Owner/Skipper: Hap Fauth, Class: IRC 1, Yacht Type: JV Mini Maxi, Home Port: Minneapolis, MN, USA (Photo by Rolex / Danial Forster)

They included the Mini Maxi 72 Bella Mente, which displaced the 90-foot Rambler at the top of the scoreboard in IRC Class 1; The IRC 52 Hooligan, which picked off Interlodge and Sled to take first place overall in IRC 2; and the Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon, which replaced yesterday’s leader, the X-41 Pendragon, in IRC 4.

 

The Etchells class, which got in no races yesterday, left the docks early today, but still only completed one race, which left race winner Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis as the class winner.

In the end it was all about the experience, no matter who you were. “This is a sensational venue,” said Dick DeVos, “and there’s something special about Newport. I remember the first time I came here when 12 Metres were warming up for the America’s Cup. For me, as a kid growing up loving sailing, it was a sacred moment to come to Newport for the first time and be a part of this community that is so oriented to sailing.”

The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex is the oldest regatta in the country, and this year’s event has entered the history books as the largest Annual Regatta on record. Engraved overall trophies in each class were given at tonight’s (Sunday) Rolex Awards Party. Rolex also awards a timepiece to the overall winner (determined by the organizers) of Saturday’s and Sunday’s combined series of races, which officially constitutes the 160th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. This special prize, as well as the Great Corinthian Trophy for yacht club teams of three or more boats posting the best class finishes, will be awarded at the Annual Awards Dinner, held on November 13 at the New York Yacht Club’s main clubhouse in New York City.

160TH NEW YORK YACHT CLUB ANNUAL REGATTA PRESENTED BY ROLEX

CAOL ILA R, Sail Number: USA 60669 and Rambler (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

2012 Newport Bermuda Race

Shockwave (R) and Bella Mente (L) should be locked in a battle for line honors in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race. Shockwave was first on corrected time in 2012 and won the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy. Bella Mente came third behind Rambler. Rambler got line honors and smashed the Newport Bermuda elapse time record.
2012 Newport Bermuda Race
Copyright 2012 Daniel Forster/PPL

 

By John Rousmaniere

Newport RI, April 2, 2014). As of the April 1 deadline, 180 applications for entry have been received for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race that will start on June 20 off Castle Hill in Newport. Broken down by the biennial race’s five divisions, the entries are: St. David’s Lighthouse, 91 boats; Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, 10; Cruiser, 36; Double-Handed, 26; Open, 2. Fifty-one captains have indicated that this is their boats’ first Newport Bermuda Race. The 2012 race had 165 starters.

Officials of the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee advise that entry numbers and divisional assignments may change. Sixteen entering captains are undecided about which division to enter, and more applications for entry are expected at the race’s website, BermudaRace.com, at the Guide to Entry button. Late entries may be subject to a time penalty.

In the St. David’s Lighthouse Division, returnees include many 2012 prizewinners and the division’s winning boats in the last four races, Rives Potts’s Carina (winner in 2010 and 2012) and Peter Rebovich’s Sinn Fein (2006 and 2008). Also in this division are two highly competitive classic wooden yawls, Matt Brooks’s Transpac winner Dorade and 2012 Bermuda Race class winner Black Watch, commanded by John Melvin.

A close race is anticipated in the Gibbs Hill Division between George Sakellaris’ Shockwave and Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente. In 2012 Shockwave, pressed hard by Belle Mente, won both this division and the North Rock Beacon Trophy as the race’s top boat under the IRC Rule. Both boats broke the race elapsed time record.

Entries in the Cruiser and Double-Handed divisions are running ahead of their 2012 levels. Cruiser Division runner-up True, sailed by Howard Hodgson, Jr., will be back with other high finishers, including Brad Willauer’s Breezing Up and Chris Culver’s Cetacea. Returning in the extremely competitive Double-Handed Division are the 2012 race’s top four boats: Hewitt Gaynor’s Mireille, Joe Harris’ GryphonSolo2, Gardner Grant’s Alibi, and Jason Richter’s Paladin.

Jim Muldoon’s veteran Donnybrook has entered the Open Division. Spirit of Bermuda, a replica of a traditional Bermuda trading vessel and 2012 Bermuda Race entry, will return for another 635-mile sprint across the Gulf Stream.

An updated list of applicants for entry is at http://bermudarace.com/2014-race/race-applicants/ . For more information about the Newport Bermuda Race, visitBermudaRace.com.

Important dates on the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race calendar include the following:

Forms submitted and fees paid, May 16
Boat measurement data submitted, May 22
Crew information submitted, June 1
Boat inspection deadline, June 6
Onion Patch Series/Navigator’s Race Series, NYYC Annual Regatta, Newport, June 14-15
Check-in at race headquarters (NYYC Sailing Center, Harbour Court), June 15-18
US Sailing Sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar, Newport, June 18. Register at safety@bermudarace.com
Gosling’s Rum Newport Shipyard Crew Party, Newport, June 18
Captains Meeting sponsored by Hinckley Yachts, Jane Pickens Theater, June 19
Newport Bermuda Race start, June 20
Onion Patch Series/ Navigator’s Race Series, RBYC Anniversary Regatta and Welcome Party, Bermuda, June 27
Newport Bermuda Prize Ceremony, June 28

2012 Newport Bermu Only one skipper has won the Newport Bermuda Race three times. Carleton Mitchell won three in a row in 1956-58-69. And Mitchell won those three races all with Finisterre, the most famous of the Sparkman & Stephens centerboard yawls. In 2010, Peter Rebovich was poised to repeat the feat in Sinn Fein (1818), his classic 51-year-old stock Cal 40, but a sterling performance by Rives Potts in his McCurdy & Rhodes 48 Carina swept away his chance for three St. David’s Lighthouse Trophies in a row. Rebovich had to rebuild Sinn Fein after Hurricane Sandy and now he is back as both he and Rives Potts each come to the line again looking for their third wins in the same boat. ©2012 Daniel Forster/PPLda Race


Only one skipper has won the Newport Bermuda Race three times. Carleton Mitchell won three in a row in 1956-58-69. And Mitchell won those three races all with Finisterre, the most famous of the Sparkman & Stephens centerboard yawls. In 2010, Peter Rebovich was poised to repeat the feat in Sinn Fein (1818), his classic 51-year-old stock Cal 40, but a sterling performance by Rives Potts in his McCurdy & Rhodes 48 Carina swept away his chance for three St. David’s Lighthouse Trophies in a row. Rebovich had to rebuild Sinn Fein after Hurricane Sandy and now he is back as both he and Rives Potts each come to the line again looking for their third wins in the same boat. ©2012 Daniel Forster/PPL

Bermuda is the Official Host of the Newport Bermuda Race. For details on all the excitement and events Bermuda has to offer, call your travel agent or visithttp://www.bermudatourism.com.

Gosling’s Rum is the Official Rum of the Newport Bermuda Race. Try a Dark ‘n Stormy®, the taste of Bermuda. For more information visit www.goslingsrum.com

Pantaenius American Yacht Insurance is the official lead sponsor of the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race’s tracker, which will be visible on the race’s web site:http://www.pantaenius.com/en/american-yacht-insurance.html/

Newport Shipyard is the Official Shipyard of the Newport Bermuda Race. Come get ready for Bermuda, swap strategies, and walk the docks among veteran sailors.http://www.NewportShipyard.com/

Vineyard Vines is the Official Newport Bermuda Tie Sponsor providing commemorative ties to the afterguard of the competing yachts. http://www.vineyardvines.com/

Brewer Yacht Yard Group is the Official Boat Preparation Resource of the Newport Bermuda Race. Experienced staff at Brewer yards from New York to Maine will help you and your crew plan and prepare for a successful race. http://www.byy.com/

Hinckley Yachts is the Official Sponsor of the Captains Meeting for the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, and will provide the check-in boat and other boats for official observers. http://www.hinckleyyachts.c

OCENS is the Newport Bermuda Race’s Official Race Communications Partner. Satellite communications and weather information for the race and the world.http://www.ocens.com/nb

2012 Newport B Off to a lighthouse winning start, Rives Potts in Carina (L 315) gets his nose out in front in the start of Class 3 of the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race. Potts won his second St. David's Lighthouse Trophy. NA23, Defiance (blue & gold spinnaker, was 2nd in the division. Only one skipper has won the Newport Bermuda Race three times. Carleton Mitchell won three in a row in 1956-58-69. And Mitchell won those three races all with Finisterre, the most famous of the Sparkman & Stephens centerboard yawls. Potts has a chance to tie that record this year.  2012 Newport Bermuda Race Copyright 2012 Daniel Forster/PPLermuda Race


Off to a lighthouse winning start, Rives Potts in Carina (L 315) gets his nose out in front in the start of Class 3 of the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race. Potts won his second St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy. NA23, Defiance (blue & gold spinnaker, was 2nd in the division. Only one skipper has won the Newport Bermuda Race three times. Carleton Mitchell won three in a row in 1956-58-69. And Mitchell won those three races all with Finisterre, the most famous of the Sparkman & Stephens centerboard yawls. Potts has a chance to tie that record this year.
2012 Newport Bermuda Race
Copyright 2012 Daniel Forster/PPL

The Class 5 start of the 2010 Royal Bermuda YC Anniversary Regatta, stage 3 of the Onion Patch Series. In the 2-race regatta, the first race is a W-L in the Great Sound and the second is a 'Tour of the Island' starting in the Great Sound and finishing in Hamilton Harbour off the RBYC marina. The new Navigators Race will be a Tour of the Island with a new twist. Credit Talbot Wilson

The Class 5 start of the 2010 Royal Bermuda YC Anniversary Regatta, stage 3 of the Onion Patch Series. In the 2-race regatta, the first race is a W-L in the Great Sound and the second is a ‘Tour of the Island’ starting in the Great Sound and finishing in Hamilton Harbour off the RBYC marina. The new Navigators Race will be a Tour of the Island with a new twist. Credit Talbot Wilson

By Talbot Wilson 

To race the 50th anniversary Onion Patch Series, boats must race to Bermuda. The deadline for entry in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race (without a potential late-entry time penalty) is April 1st. Enter now at the race portal: http://bermudarace.com/entry/race-entry-portal/. For Onion Patch Series details seehttp://www.onionpatchseries.com/.

Hamilton Bermuda, March 23, 2014— As the three-event Onion Patch Series turns 50 this summer, organizers have decided to add a new, more relaxed Navigators Race Series format for the 25th running of the traditional series. The new series for more cruiser oriented race programs will be scored with ORR ratings. The traditional series raced for the Onion Patch Trophy and Henry B. DuPont Trophy will continue to be scored under IRC.

The new Navigators Race Series will allow those skippers not interested in racing intense windward-leeward courses in the New York Yacht Club 160th Annual Regatta or not interested in racing on a Great Sound course with the professional grand prix boats and more intense racers in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club‘s Anniversary Regatta to sail separate scenic and fun “round the buoys” races in their own series.

One Navigators Race will be scheduled each day for the June 14-15 NYYC Annual Regatta in Newport RI. The group will then sail to Bermuda in their regular Bermuda Race divisions and be scored against each other as an overlay event. On Friday June 27th, they will sail one race in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta around a scenic course following the start of the last regular Onion Patch Series Anniversary Regatta race.

All yachts racing in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race are invited to compete in this inaugural three-event Onion Patch Navigators Race Series. ORR Scoring will be used in Newport and in Bermuda for ‘Navigators’, so all yachts in the Newport Bermuda Race, which uses that system for all divisions, will be eligible. The traditional Onion Patch Series races under IRC ratings, so only the Newport Bermuda’s Gibbs Hill and St. David’s Division’s IRC entries may compete for those prizes. See http://www.onionpatchseries.com/.

The new series will have its own prizes for performance in the events and for the series. The top series prize will be dedicated to the late Richard “Dick” Kempe who was instrumental in establishing the Cruiser Division of the Newport Bermuda Race in 1990.

“We began planning for this new series last fall,” said series Chairman and past RBYC Commodore Brian Billings. “We had been talking about adding a fun-style race for boats in Royal Bermuda’s Anniversary Regatta. We wanted to do an event for our foreign friends that would get them out sailing locally and allow them to experience more of what Bermuda has to offer cruising sailors.”

“With the help of past Newport Bermuda Chairman John Winder,” Billings noted, “we approached the NYYC race committee with the idea. John had been discussing their use of ORR for two round the buoys races in their regatta. Steve Benjamin of NYYC supported the idea. So here we are 4 months later with a new addition to a historic series.”

“Our initial goal was to have 50 boats in the Onion Patch Series,” Billings added. “Maybe with this new Navigators Race series we should target for 75 boats. And remember, if you can’t make the whole series, you can still sail these fun Navigator Race courses in Newport or Bermuda.”

Of course, to race the Onion Patch Series boats must race to Bermuda. The deadline for entry in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race (without a potential late entry time penalty) is April 1st. Enter now at the race portal: http://bermudarace.com/entry/race-entry-portal/.

Separate entry in the NYYC Annual Regatta, the RBYC Anniversary Regatta and the Series will be from the NYYC web site.

In 1962, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club donated the Onion Patch Trophy for the series and the first competition was held in conjunction with the 1964 Newport Bermuda Race. Now, in 2014, the series will be sailed for the 25th time. The series now consists of racing in the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, the Cruising Club of America-Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Newport Bermuda Race and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta.

Include all three events in this tough triathlon of sailboat racing. It’s a hard-fought series sailed over a scant three consecutive weeks in June. Ask anyone who has done it… The Onion Patch is one tough series to win. It is a challenge to yacht, skipper and crew to prevail in these three spectacular events and venues.

Be in Newport June 14, 2014 for the NYYC 160th Annual Regatta and make the 50th Anniversary Onion Patch Series the biggest and best ever.

Randall Baldwin (Ridgefield Connecticut), sailing his Taylor 42 Cabady to the final finish of the RBYC Anniversary Regatta, took home the Henry B. du Pont Trophy for first place in the 2008 Onion Patch Series. Of Onion Patch boats, he finished second in the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, first in the Newport Bermuda Race and ninth in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta for 2, 1.25, 9 and a total of 12.25 points. His boat and crew gave an all-round winning performance.  ©Talbot Wilson

Randall Baldwin (Ridgefield Connecticut), sailing his Taylor 42 Cabady to the final finish of the RBYC Anniversary Regatta, took home the Henry B. du Pont Trophy for first place in the 2008 Onion Patch Series. Of Onion Patch boats, he finished second in the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, first in the Newport Bermuda Race and ninth in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta for 2, 1.25, 9 and a total of 12.25 points. His boat and crew gave an all-round winning performance.
©Talbot Wilson

 

FLEETWING USA 37 Skipper Henry Brauer (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

FLEETWING USA 37 Skipper Henry Brauer (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

It was an unseasonably wet, dreary day in Newport, but at least somewhere, someone was having fun.  That somewhere was Rhode Island Sound where nearly 100 teams are competing in the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex on the second day of the split-format event’s final four days of buoy racing.  And that someone was Dawn Riley (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), who along with eight Oakcliff Sailing Center trainees, helped guide Art Santry’s (Oyster Bay) Ker 50 Temptation-Oakcliff to the top of the scoreboard in IRC Class 3after two victories in two races today.”We’re sailors; we get wet all the time,” said Riley, a veteran of America’s Cup and Whitbread Round the World Races who serves as executive director of Oakcliff in Oyster Bay.  She explained that the Center’s mission of raising the level of sailors and sailing in the U.S. was on artful display today, as the trainees worked side-by-side with Riley, on mid-bow, and six other seasoned sailors, including Santry, who skippers and sponsors the boat.

According to Santry, the team played the shifts extremely well on three of the four upwind legs. “Our crew work was flawless, and the gybes and tacks were perfect,” he said, noting that yesterday Temptation-Oakcliff had been in third overall after finishing third in the opening race of the series.  “I’m exceedingly impressed with the Oakcliff program; these kids are great. They have been working together with us all season, and they are tough, enthusiastic and dedicated to the program. If the crew work maintains, we’re going to be tough to beat.”

Class IRC 4 Start Pendragon ( Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

Class IRC 4 Start Pendragon ( Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

One race circle hosted four IRC classes, while another hosted one-design racing for J/109, J/111, Beneteau 36.7 and Swan 42 classes.  Due to a light-wind forecast, the Swan 42s elected to resume buoy racing today rather than compete in their originally scheduled distance race, but in the end, they—like the other classes—were met with a hearty 12-15 knots by mid-morning, when the heaviest rain showers had moved on. Large swells also figured in as the winds tapered off to 8-10 during the course of the afternoon.

Another who had no problem making the most of the conditions was Craig Albrecht (Sea Cliff, N.Y.), skipper of the Farr 395 Avalanche in IRC Class 4.  His team defended its first-place position from yesterday by finishing 3-4 today to stay two points ahead of Greg Manning’s (Warwick, R.I.) X-41 Sarah.

“Staying in the pressure was key, and changing gears up and down was important,” said Albrecht, whose team won the American Yacht Club Spring Series Regatta earlier this year. “The racing has been very close, and it has been exciting, especially at the mark roundings where many of the boats have overlapped.”

John Hele’s (Toronto, CAN/Newport) Daring won both races today in the Swan 42 class, propelling him to first overall from third yesterday and giving him a better shot at taking the national crown that is being determined here. Following a general recall, an individual recall after the start of the first race brought Z-flag penalties against the teams of Arethusa, Barleycorn, Impetuous and Conspiracy.  Having not gone back to exonerate themselves from jumping the start gun cost the teams three positions on their scoring for that race. Defending national champion Ken Colburn (Dover, Mass.), helming Apparition, finished 4-4 today to drop to second from first yesterday.

Swan 42 Fleet (Photo by Rolex  / Daniel Forster)

Swan 42 Fleet (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

The J/109s, which are sailing their North Americans, also had individual recalls in their first race that saw yesterday’s leader Storm, skippered by Rick Lyall (Wilton, Conn.), return to the start line to successfully clear. The team fought back to eighth and finished first in the second race, but the performance was only good enough for a third in overall scoring. It left the proverbial door open for Ted Herlihy’s (S. Dartmouth, Mass.) Gut Feeling to take the top spot after that team finished 4-2 today.  With nine points, Gut Feeling’s overall score is shared with Skoot, skippered by Jim Vos (New Canaan, Conn.), which sits in second overall, so both teams are a slim one point ahead of Storm.

The J/111 Class’s first day of competition went well for Henry Brauer’s (Marblehead, Mass.) Fleetwing, which took bullets in each of two races. “The first race was great, because it was good breeze; the second race was a bit more challenging because of the lighter wind and the lumpy seas,” said Brauer, who is new to the J/111 Class this year after having sold the J/105 Scimitar that he co-owned with Stewart Neff (serving as his tactician here) and with which he won the 2011 J/105 North American Championship.  “We got good starts, Stewart put us in the right place, and the team did a great job trimming the sails and keeping us going the whole time. The important thing to racing well is having a good team, so there are a lot of the same people onboard that I’ve sailed with in the past. Having that nucleus is very important.”

In the Beneteau 36.7 Class, William Purdy’s (New York, N.Y) Whirlwind displaced John Hammel’s (Arlington, Mass.) Elan at the top of the scoreboard after winning both races today.  Elan finished 2-3 to take second overall, just one point behind Elan, and David Powers’s (Boston, Mass.) Agora is only one more point behind in third, on the merit of a 3-2 today.

Yesterday, in the second of two races for IRC Class 1, Bob and Farley Towse’s (Stamford, Conn.) Reichel Pugh 66 Blue Yankee could not finish within the time limit and posted five points to the two posted by George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) Reichel Pugh 90 Rambler. Today the two teams split the victories in two races, so Rambler still holds a three-point lead in the two-boat series thus far.

In IRC 2, Jim Swartz’s (Park City, Utah) IRC 52 Vesper still leads after finishing 1-5 today, while Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s (Newport, R.I.) IRC 52 Interlodge has moved into second place overall.

Three more new classes will join the action tomorrow: Melges 32, J/105 and PHRF, the latter of which is sailing “navigator courses” instead of around the buoys.

For complete results, daily video and blog for the 2012 New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, visit www.nyyc.org.
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(Top-five Results Follow)
New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex
Results, July 20, 2012

J/111 (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Fleetwing, J/111, Henry Brauer, Marblehead, Mass., 1, 1 (2)
2. Wicked 2.0, J/111, Douglas Curtiss, South Dartmouth, Mass., 3,2 (5)
3. Jazz, J/111, Rodney Johnstone, Stonington, Conn., 2, 3 (5)
4. Andiamo, J/111, Paul Strauch, Manhasset, N.Y., 4, 4 (8)
5. Partnership, J/111, David and Mary Ellen Tortorello, Bridgeport, Conn., 5, 5 (10)

Beneteau 36.7 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Whirlwind, Beneteau 36.7, William Purdy, New York, N.Y., 3,1,1 (5)
2. Elan, Beneteau 36.7, John Hammel, Arlington, Mass., 1,2,3 (6)
3. Agora, Beneteau 36.7, David Powers, Boston, Mass., 2,3,2 (7)
4. Resolute, Beneteau 36.7, Junius Brown, Ridgefield, Conn., 4,7,4 (15)
5. Surface Tension, Beneteau 36.7, Lou Melillo, Middletown, N.J., 5,5,5 (15)

Swan 42 (One Design – 15 Boats)
1. Daring, Swan 42, John Hele, Newport, R.I., 3,1,1 (5)
2. Apparition, Swan 42, Ken Colburn, Dover, Mass., 1,4,4 (9)
3. Stark Raving Mad VI, Swan 42, James Madden, Newport Beach, Calif., 6, 3, 8 (17)
4. Vitesse, Swan 42, Jon Halbert, Dallas, Texas, 2,7,9 (18)
5. Arethusa, Swan 42, Philip Lotz, Newport, R.I., 5, 13/ZFP, 2 (20)

J/109 (One Design – 17 Boats)
1.Gut Feeling, J 109, Ted Herlihy, South Dartmouth, Mass., 3, 4, 2 (9)
2.Skoot, J 109, Jim Vos, New Canaan, Conn., 4,2,3 (9)
3.Storm, J 109, Rick Lyall, Wilton, Conn., 1,8,1 (10)
4.Rush, J 109, Bill Sweetser, Annapolis, Md., 5, 1, 4 (10)
5.Caminos, J 109, Donald Filippelli, Amagansett, N.Y., 6, 3, 6 (15)

IRC 1 (IRC – 2 Boats)
1. Rambler, RP 90, George David, Hartford, Conn., 1,1,1,2 (5)
2. Blue Yankee, Reichel Pugh 66, Bob and Farley Towse, Stamford, Conn., 2, 3/TLE, 2,1 (8)

IRC 2 (IRC – 5 Boats)
1.Vesper, IRC 52, Jim Swartz, Park City, Utah, 1,1,1,5 (2)
2.Interlodge, IRC 52, Austin and Gwen Fragomen, Newport, R.I., 2,5,2,2 (11)
3.Privateer, Cookson 50, Ron O’Hanley, Newport, R.I., 5,3,4,1 (13)
4.Flying Jenny 7, IRC 52, David & Sandra Askew, Annapolis, Md., 4,2,5,3 (14)
5.SLED, IRC 52, Takashi Okura, Tokyo, Japan, 3,4,3,4 (14)

IRC 3 (IRC – 8 Boats)
1.Temptation-Oakcliff, Ker 50, Art Santry, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 3,1,1 (5)
2.Decision, HPR Carkeek 40, Stephen Murray, New Orleans, La., 2,3,4 (9)
3.White Gold, J 44, James D. Bishop, Jamestown, R.I., 5.5,2,2 (9.5)
4.Cool Breeze, Mills 43 Custom 43, John Cooper, Cane Hill, Mo., 1,4,5 (10)
5.High Noon, CTM 41, Steve and Heidi Benjamin, Norwalk, Conn., 5.5,6,3 (14.5)

IRC 4 (IRC – 14 Boats)
1.Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht, Sea Cliff, N.Y., 1,3,4 (8)
2.Sarah, X-41, Greg Manning , Warwick, R.I., 7,1,2 (10)
3.White Witch, King 40, Larry Landry, Newport, R.I., 3,10,1 (14)
4.DownTime, Summit 40, Ed and Molly Freitag, Annapolis, Md, USA – 6,7, 3 (16)
5.Settler, Peterson 42, Tom Rich , Middletown, R.I., 8, 2, 7 (17)

Laura KZ 5 by George Bekris

Laura KZ 5 by George Bekris

A predicted 1 p.m. squall never materialized, leaving 34 boats to rip around Conanicut Island after a noon start today in the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. The optional 19-mile Around the Island Race officially kicked off the biennial regatta’s second half and was scored separately so as not to effect the cumulative scoring that will begin tomorrow for 96 boats entered in the event’s final four days of racing (Thursday, July 19-Sunday, July 22). Sunshine was a bonus, along with decent 8-10 knot breezes that strengthened to 15 knots by the time the largest boat in the fleet, George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) Rambler finished off Fort Adams State Park, near where it had started only a bit over two hours before. Ten or so minutes behind Rambler was NYYC Commodore Bob Towse’s (Stamford, Conn.) Reichel Pugh 66 Blue Yankee (pictured at left, photo by Dan Nerney), but Blue Yankee and Rambler both succumbed to their handicap ratings to finish fourth and sixth, respectively, in IRC Class 1 while Jim Swartz’s TP52 Vesper claimed victory.

Rambler and  Vesper by George Bekris

Rambler and Vesper by George Bekris

“The start was the most challenging part of the day because the pin-end of the line was favored by seven boat lengths so you had to be aggressive from the start,” said Gavin Brady (Annapolis, Md.), the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Olympic veteran serving as tactician aboard Vesper. “We’ve done about seven or eight Around the Island races here, and every time we do it there are added elements. This time, the tide was on the change, so everyone was trying to find out when and where the tide was changing. This is the ultimate windward-leeward course, and I think it is one of the coolest short coastal races you can do anywhere in the world.”

Conanicut Island—nine miles long by one-mile wide—is located a mile west of Newport in Narragansett Bay. It’s only town, Jamestown, is both a summer destination and a year-round community with a population of about 6,000.

Ship and Around the Island by George Bekris

Ship and Around the Island (Photo by George Bekris)

Striking a dramatic visual on the north side of Conanicut today was the towering—and therefore obviously empty—656-foot tanker Auriga Leader as it powered from Quonset Point through the IRC I class, blasting its horns five times as a “danger” signal to sailors. Avoiding the path of the fast-moving Singapore ship was a priority for the crews, which suddenly looked like tub toys in its shadow. And certainly no one squandered time googling Auriga Leader to learn that it is the first ship in the world to be partially propelled by solar power, and it’s actually a car carrier used to ship Toyotas—up to 6,200 of them at a time—from Japan to the U.S.A.

“Coming into the finish, the fleet had to decide which side of the ship they would go on,” said Brady. “The timing couldn’t have been worse.”

In PHRF 2, Kevin Grainger’s (Rye, N.Y.) J/105 Gumption 3 won. “Conditions turned out to be much better than we anticipated,” said Grainger (Rye, N.Y.) who has owned Gumption 3 since May of 2000 and travels up and down the East Coast to race against other J/105s. “We mostly do one-design racing, so without question, one of the great things about the Around the Island Race here is that we get to see a lot of the boats that we don’t have the ability to sail with normally.”

The race also provided great preparation for when Grainger and his team will engage in competition with 12 other J/105s in that one-design class’s racing, which is scheduled just for the weekend. “We’re looking forward to it; this is a really competitive fleet,” he said.

Other winners today were Craig Albrecht’s (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) Farr 395 Avalanche in IRC 3; Larry Landry’s King 40 White Witch in IRC 2; and Swift Delotto’s (Newport, R.I.) 12 Metre American Eagle in PHRF 1.

Racing will resume tomorrow for IRC, Swan 42, J/109, Melges 32, Beneteau 36.7, and J/111 classes, which PHRF classes will join the J/105s for weekend-only racing.
New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex
Around the Island Race, July 18, 2012

Final top five results:

IRC 1 (7 Boats)
1. Vesper, TP 52, Jim Swartz, Park City, Utah, 1
2. Interlodge, IRC 52, Austin and Gwen Fragomen, Newport, R.I., 2
3. Flying Jenny 7, IRC 52, David & Sandra Askew, Annapolis, Md., 3
4. Blue Yankee, Reichel Pugh 66 66, Bob and Farley Towse, Stamford, Conn., 4
5. Privateer, Cookson 50, Ron O’Hanley, Newport, R.I., 5

IRC 2 (9 Boats)
1. White Witch, King 40, Larry Landry, Newport, R.I., 1
2. Bandit, Swan 42, Andy Fisher, 2
3. Temptation-Oakcliff, Ker 50, Art Santry, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 3
4. Pendragon, X-41, Quentin Thomas, Portsmouth, R.I., 4
5. White Gold, J/44, James D. Bishop, Jamestown, R.I., 5

IRC 3 (6 Boats)
1. Avalanche, Farr 395, Craig Albrecht, Sea Cliff, N.Y., 1
2. Rush, J/109, Bill Sweetser, Annapolis, Md., 2
3. Superstition, J/109, Christopher Zibailo, Boston, Mass., 3
4. Seal, Yawl 40.67, Alfred-David Van Liew-Brodsky, Middletown, R.I., 4
5. Partnership, J/111, David/MaryEllen Tortorello, Bridgeport, Conn., 5

PHRF 1 (5 Boats)
1. American Eagle, 12 Metre, Swift Delotto, Newport, R.I., 1
2. Laura, 12 Metre, Kip Curren, Warwick, R.I., 2
3. White Rhino, Swan 56, Todd Stuart, Key West, Fla., 3
4. Bolero, S&S Nevins Yawl, Ed Kane , Newport, R.I., 4
5. Sejaa, Judel & Vrolijk, Mat Goldsmith, Southport, Conn., 5

PHRF 2 (7 Boats)
1. Gumption 3, J/105, Kevin Grainger, Rye, N.Y., 1
2. Night Train, Hinckley So’Wester 51, Thomas Haythe , Portsmouth, R.I., 2
3. Velocita, Melges 24, Sanford Tyler, W. Hyannisport, Mass., 3
4. Samba, Quest 30, Tristan Mouligne, Boston, Mass., 4
5. Flying Cloud 11, Swan 44, Gordon McNabb, Middletown, R.I., 5

Fleet by George Bekris

Fleet by George Bekris