NYYC regatta delivers thrills off Newport
Anticipation ran high throughout the New York Yacht Club’s 154th annual regatta in June, hosted from the NYYC’s Harbour Court Clubhouse in Newport, R.I.
Competitors, designers, journalists and spectators alike witnessed IRC boats measured up against one another in seven IRC classes, while five other classes — J/105, Farr 40, 12-Metre Modern and Classic Traditional, and Classics. A total of 110 boats competed.
In the end, it was Dan Meyers’ (Boston/Newport, R.I.) Judel-Vrolijk 66 Numbers that took IRC Class 1. In that class were such show-stoppers as the 99-foot super maxi Speedboat owned by Alex Jackson of Old Greenwich, Conn., and skippered by New Zealand’s Mike Sanderson; and Il Mostro/Puma Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read of Newport, R.I., which both suffered around the buoys because of their size and optimization for straight-line speed.
Numbers instead contended primarily with Hap Fauth’s (Jamestown, R.I.) Reichel-Pugh 69 Belle Mente, which trailed Numbers by seven points in the overall standings after Numbers won the last three of that class’s four races; and Rogers Sturgeon’s Rosebud/Team DYT of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which then trailed Belle Mente by only one point in the final standings.
“It was a terrific regatta,” says Meyers. “[It] was a little tough because there were larger sea conditions than wind and each tack on each side was substantially different. It was blustery and we tore two spinnakers, so we were pretty busy ...”
In IRC Class 3, Blair Brown’s Taylor 45 Sforzando of Newton, Mass., was the overall winner, with Bermuda’s Star class Olympian Peter Bromby serving as tactician. “Yesterday’s winds were patchy,” he said after his boat had won the day. “You were either in it or you weren’t.”
In IRC Class 4, which was comprised entirely of NYYC Swan 42s, new owner Phil Lotz of New Canaan, Conn., aboard Arethusa, made his initial power play as well, winning two races before posting a 1-5 to seal the deal.
Kevin Grainger of Rye, N.Y., won the J/105 class with his Gumption3 after six races in his series. “We had two really good days of sailing in varied conditions,” he says. “The top four boats were tight in our fleet, but we managed to figure it out enough to stay in contention and execute better around the marks.”
The Great Corinthian Trophy, awarded to the yacht club team with the best score in the two-day series went to Annapolis Yacht Club, with team members Rush, Flying Jenny VI and Tsunami.
As a precursor to the two-day series, the Around the Island race sent 78 entrants off on a 19-mile circumnavigation of ConanicutIsland in Narragansett Bay. Sixteen two-boat teams entered to compete for the Rolex Cup, which was won by Team NYYC Red, consisting of Richard Casner’s Xhibition and Blair Brown’s Sforzando. The Rolex Cup was presented by Rolex to the New York Yacht Club in 2004 in honor of the 150th annual regatta.
New England boat rules the Onion Patch
Randall Baldwin’s Taylor 42 Cabady from Ridgefield, Conn., took first place in the Onion Patch Series following the final event, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta.
Cabady finished second in the New York Yacht Club Regatta, first in the Newport Bermuda Race and ninth in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta for 2, 1.25, 9 and a total of 12.25 points. The series is scored under IRC ratings.
Cabady stuck close to Flying Jenny VI, a J/122 sailed by David Askew and Ken Comerford from Annapolis, Md. The two were locked at 1-2 going into the final event. Flying Jenny VI only picked up one place on the day and ended second after scoring 3, 7.5, 8 for 18.5 points in the series. Charisma, the classic S&S 57 owned by Alejandro Perez-Calzanda of Barcelona, Spain, finished the series third with 2, 12.5, 11 for 26.5 points.
As top overall individual in the Onion Patch Series, Cabady won the Henry B. duPont Memorial Trophy. As the Onion Patch Series yacht with the best corrected time in the Newport Bermuda Race, the Cabady crew also won the Catherine Hollis Memorial Trophy, together with the Malabar Trophy for first place in St. David’s Lighthouse Division Class 4.
In the team competition, the U.S. sailing team grabbed first with 112.25 points. The team is comprised of George David of Hartford, Conn., and his Reichel-Pugh 90 Rambler; David Askew and Ken Comerford of Annapolis in their J/122, Flying Jenny VI; and Hap Fauth’s new Reichel-Pugh 69 Bella Mente from Jamestown, R.I.
The Onion Patch Series is an IRC-scored series sailed biennially along with the Newport Bermuda Race and consists of the New York Yacht Club, the Bermuda Race and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta.
Bermuda Race champ retains his title
Peter Rebovich and his crew from Sinn Fein, the classic Cal 40, were the toast of Hamilton, after scooping up much of the silverware from this year’s Newport Bermuda Race.
Their haul included the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy together with the new North Rock Beacon Trophy for the top finisher in both the Gibbs Hill and St. David’s Lighthouse divisions under the IRC rating system.
This is Sinn Fein’s second consecutive St. David’s Lighthouse win and its fourth consecutive Class 1 victory. Only one other boat, Carleton Mitchell’s Finnesterre, has won the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy more often — in 1956, 1958 and 1960.
The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy was claimed by Julien Dougherty and his crew of Tenacious, a Beneteau First 36.7, the giant killers of the professional Gibbs Hill Division.
Bermuda resident Paul Hubbard was the big winner in the Cruiser division. He won the Carleton Mitchell Finisterre Trophy for the top performing yacht among the cruising classes for his crew’s performance on Bermuda Oyster, an Oyster 435. On his way to the top spot, he also won Class 12. Fellow Bermudians Colin Couper in Babe and Stephen Sherwin in Nasty Medicine also took home their share of silver.
Richard du Moulin collected the Philip S. Weld Trophy as captain of Lora Ann, the top double-handed yacht to finish on corrected time. This is du Moulin’s fourth consecutive win in the double-handed division and his crewman Chris Reyling’s third victory.
Randall G. Baldwin’s Cabady, a Taylor 42, won the Henry B. duPont Memorial Trophy for the Onion Patch Series overall winner.
The U.S. sailing team of Rambler, Bella Mente and Flying Jenny VI won the Onion Patch Trophy for the winning team in the Onion Patch Series.