Although the remnants of Hurricane Ivan whipped up the waters off Newport mid-September and forced the cancellation of some races, nine legendary America’s Cup yachts competed in seven races deciding the winners of the 12-Metre North American Championship, held Sept. 16 to 19.
In the Traditional Division, Herb Marshall’s American Eagle, skippered by Anthony Chiurco, took first place; Alain Hanover’s Columbia took second; and Sears Wullschleger’s Nefertiti was just one point behind in third place.
The closest competition was in the Modern Division with Craig Millard’s Courageous ultimately prevailing over Jack Curtin’s Intrepid and Ernest Jaquet’s Freedom.
In the Grand Prix Division Edgar Cato’s Hissar defeated Bill Koch’s Kiwi Magic. Hissar won all seven races of the regatta.
The Ted Hood Perpetual Trophy for best-performing 12 Meter yachts for the 2004 season was also awarded at the ceremony. The trophy is given to the top-ranking boat in each of four divisions: Vintage went to Earl McMillian’s Onawa, Traditional to Columbia, Modern to Courageous, and Gran Prix to Hissar. www.museumofyachting.org