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Sail racing events draw the faithful

Two of the biggest highlights of the summer season for New England sailors are the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race and Block Island Race Week — both of which recently wrapped up successful showcases.

As a highlight of the 2013 Marion Bermuda Race prize-giving Saturday night, Ian Gumprecht of Oyster Bay, N.Y., and Mark Swanson of North Creek, N.Y., co-skippers of Roust, hoisted the Founders Trophy for their sterling performance in this 645-mile classic.

They sailed their little Sea Sprite 34 to first place in Class C and for first place in the entire Founders Division won the top prize for the race, the Founders Trophy. Along the way they snagged the Double-Handed Trophy.

Roust was the smallest boat in the fleet.

“We did well because we had a good team,” Gumprecht said. “We changed headsails two times within two miles of the finish and seven changes the day before.”

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