Known as the longest running regatta in America, the New York Yacht Club's 156th annual regatta presented by Rolex also had the distinction of starting the sailing season June 11 in New England with more than 1,000 sailors on 111 boats on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.
The Rolex Cup - for the best performing two-boat team in the Around the Island Race - was won by Rush, a J/109 owned by Bill Sweetser of Annapolis, Md., and Spitfire, a J/122 owned by Pierre du Pont of Rockland, Del.
The IRC boats were split into six classes, with Classics, 12 Meters, 6 Meters, J/105 and NYYC Swan 42 one designs rounding out the fleet.
In IRC 1, Bella Mente won three of four races and took the overall title. Sforzando, Blair Brown's Kerr 55 from Padanaram, Mass., used consistency to take the IRC 2 title. Cool Breeze, a Mills 43 owned by John Cooper of Springfield, Mo., won the IRC 3 class with four victories in as many races. Wings, a J/122 co-skippered by Mike Bruno/Tom Boyle/Jim Callahan of Irvington, N.Y., won the largest class, the 14-boat IRC 4. Storm, the J/109 owned by Rick Lyall of Wilton, Conn., won the 12-boat IRC 5 class and Bluto, the Evelyn 32 owned by Ben Hall of Tiverton, R.I., won IRC 6.
In the Classics division, a total of 15 boats competed in the first leg of the 2010 NYYC Invitational Racing Series for Vintage and Classic Yachts. Columbia, chartered by Americans Charlie Ingersoll of Washington, D.C., and Mike Furgueson of Mendham, N.J., won its 12 Meter class with three first- and one second-place finishes.
In the CRF Classics, Black Watch of Greenwich, Conn., Lars Forsberg's Custom S&S won CRF-1, while Peter Kellogg's Catboat Silent Maid from Summit, N.J. won CRF-2. Clarity, Bill Doyle and Jed Pearsall's 6 Meter won both all three races to take the 2010 title.
In the first of two one-design classes, the 13-boat NYYC Swan 42 class was won by Chris Culver's Blazer from New York City, with Glen Darden's Hoss from Fort Worth, Texas, in second. The nine-boat J/105 class was won by Live Edge, owned by Canadian Michael Mountford, with Dudley Nostrand's Jaded from Hamilton, Mass., in second.
Eastport Yacht Club hosts Santa Maria Cup
The 20th annual BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup international women's match racing championship wrapped up with celebrated French team skipper Claire Leroy winning the cup for the second year in a row.This left Americans Genny Tulloch in second and Anna Tunnicliffe in third, beating out Sally Barkow. Hosted by Annapolis, Md.-based Eastport Yacht Club, the championship began on Chesapeake Bay with 10 of the world's top-ranked female match racers dueling it out in J/22s. The final series kept spectators in suspense with Tulloch coming from behind in the second race to beat Leroy and stay in the lead to win the fourth race. However, Leroy and her team, including Elodie Bertrand, Marie Riou, and Claire Pruvot, were able to hold the challengers off for a second straight year and win the other three races.
This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue.