Sail racing events draw the faithful

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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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