Yachts representing a millennium’s worth of combined history will take to Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound this weekend for the first half of the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex.
The biennial event, in its ninth edition, invites 6 Metres, Herreshoff S-Boats, 12 Metres and a variety of other legendary vintage wooden racing yachts between 70 and 100 years old to compete for two days (July 12-13) of around-the-buoys racing held out of New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, R.I.
“The Classic Yacht scene is alive and well in New England,” said Bill Doyle (Newport, R.I.), who will crew aboard Jed Pearsall’s (also Newport) 50-foot P Class Sloop Chips, which was built in 1913 and is the oldest yacht entered. “In my opinion, the classics are the fastest growing classes at both the New York Yacht Club’s Race Week and Annual Regatta (held earlier this summer). Race Week is an event we would like to build upon, and by having a special weekend for classics, we can continue to encourage more and more classic yachts to make this event part of their sailing season in even-numbered years.”
Nightly videos produced by T2p.tv will be available on the website and at http://www.youtube.com/NewYorkYachtClub after each day of racing.