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Isler surges to Heineken Regatta victory

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta attracted some of the world's most talented sailors including the likes of America's Cup legends Peter Isler, Peter Holmberg, Gavin Brady, around-the-world sailors Kenny Read, Wouter Verbraak, Olympic/America's Cup skipper Andy Beadsworth, and Dutch Olympic silver medalist Margriet Matthijsse.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta attracts some of the world's most talented sailors.

In the three-horse battle between Titan, Highland Fling and Rambler, it was Titan that benefited from a strange twist of misfortune when she blew out her A5 spinnaker. With no option other than to hoist a slightly flatter A3, it proved to be the perfect choice of sail when the wind shifted round to a tighter angle. Reveling in the 20-knot squalls and sailing right on the edge, Peter Isler tactfully gave Titan the opportunity to really show her true colors and, in a fine demonstration of downwind sailing, stormed past Highland Fling and Rambler at blistering speed, not only taking line honors, but also an impressive first overall in class. For information, visit

Rhode Island seeks next America's Cup

Rhode Island wants in on the 34th running of the America's Cup in the United States. The governor and the state's government created the America's Cup Rhode Island 2013 Planning Committee with hopes that the state could host the event.

The proposal will include an infrastructure and capacity assessment to present the Narragansett Bay area as an option to the BMW Oracle and the America's Cup Organizing Committee.

"Throughout the history of the America's Cup, Rhode Island has demonstrated itself to be an ideal host location and boasts excellent sailing conditions, the necessary marine infrastructure and marine trades, world-class accommodations, legions of supportive sailing enthusiasts, and exceptional physical beauty," says Gov. Donald L. Carcieri. "We are well-poised to compete with any city in the world to host the next America's Cup."

"Bringing the America's Cup back to Newport is the historic equivalent of the Olympic Games returning to Athens, Greece in 2004," adds Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

NYYC invites yacht clubs to compete

The New York Yacht Club has invited the leading American yacht clubs to compete for spots in the second biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, to be sailed Sept. 10-17, 2011 in Newport, R.I. The U.S. Qualifying Series will be held in this September in Newport, R.I.

Twenty-four yacht clubs have accepted the NYYC's invitation to compete in the 2010 U.S. Qualifying Series. They are American in Rye, N.Y.; Annapolis; Bayview in Detroit; Boston in Marblehead, Mass.; Carolina in Charleston, S.C.; Eastern in Marblehead, Mass.; Fishing Bay in Deltaville, Va.; Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas; Ida Lewis in Newport, R.I.; Indian Harbor in Greenwich, Conn.; Larchmont in New York; Little Traverse in Harbor Springs, Mich.; Long Beach in California; Newport Harbor in Newport Beach, Calif.; Pequot in Southport, Conn.; Rochester in New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Seawanhaka Corinthian in Oyster Bay, N.Y.; Southern in New Orleans; St. Francis in San Francisco; St. Petersburg in Florida; and Stamford in Connecticut.

The U.S. Qualifying Series is an invitational fleet racing regatta to be sailed in Sonars and J/22s. The goal is to select three U.S. yacht club teams who will be invited to participate in the NYYC Invitational Cup held in Swan 42 Class yachts in 2011. The U.S. Qualifying Series is the only opportunity for U.S. yacht clubs to earn an invitation to the 2011 NYYC Invitational Cup.

The top U.S. teams will join the top six teams from 2009: New York, Royal Canadian, Japan Sailing Federation, Nyländska Jaktklubben of Finland, Royal Cork of Ireland and Royal Bermuda, plus at least 10 other international teams, to be invited this spring.

In 2009, the NYYC organized the first New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup where 19 predominately amateur yacht club teams from 14 nations competed in chartered NYYC Swan 42s at Harbour Court.

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut and New York Home Waters Section of the May 2010 issue.