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Mystic River regatta sees close finish

Mystic River Yacht Club’s Frostbite Regatta 6 seemed unlikely to occur
May 3 with the day beginning murky and windless but, as noon arrived,
so did a light southwesterly breeze that gave the sailors five good

A light southwesterly helped sailors in the Mystic River Yacht Club's Frostbite Regatta 6 take advantage of an 'open playground.'

The river was lightly traveled by other boat traffic, providing
an open playground for sailing, according to organizers. Seven of nine
teams competed in light rain. The competition was excellent with any
one of the seven teams very capable of winning a race. The winners were
those teams able to put it all together: boat handling, strategy,
tactics and knowledge of the new rules. The top three finishers were
Matt Gimple and Kathy Sinnett with three bullets in their five races;
in second place was Ted and Andrew Corning taking the other two
bullets; and in third were Everett and Mallie Baffum.

Ida Lewis race set for August

The 2009 edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race will feature a 177-nautical mile and a 150-nautical mile race course.

With a spectacular start off Newport, R.I., the race includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower on its way to a signature champagne finish off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport Harbor.

The race’s fifth edition is scheduled to begin Aug. 21, with classes for IRC, PHRF, one-design and double-handed sailors. It is a qualifier for the 2009 New England Lighthouse Series, the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.

At last year’s race, Hap Fauth’s Newport, R.I., 69-footer Bella Mente won the IRC division of the Ida Lewis, finishing the race in a little more than 24 hours. Bill Jurgensen’s 50-foot Falcon of Stamford, Conn., won the PHRF division, while Jason Richter’s 35-foot Paladin of Port Jefferson, N.Y., won the Double-Handed crown.

The 2009 race will accommodate one-design divisions for classes such as the Club Swan 42, which will be gearing up in September for a first-time world event — the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Ida Lewis was keeper of the Lime Rock Lighthouse in the early 1800s who famously rowed her lifeboat to wherever a sailor was in need. For information, contact Dirk Johnson,, or go to

PUMA finishes second in Boston leg of Volvo

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet, covered in fog, sails in the Boston in-port race at Fan Pier.

Having been the bridesmaid so often, Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race was one that Puma skipper Kenny Read would particularly have liked to win but, once again, it was not to be, and the team finished in Boston in fourth place.

Puma began Leg 6 in the lead, after finishing second in the Rio in-port race, but quickly dropped to seventh the following day. The first third of Puma’s leg was spent in the second division until, on Day 7, they pulled up to third place.

“It’s good to be home,” Read says. “It feels like a long way we’ve been already. This is not exactly the result we wanted, but it’s great to be here.”

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25 youth regattas on tap for 2009

Young sailors around the country will have the chance to sail in U.S. Sailing-coordinated regattas from two tremendously popular circuits. The USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and the U.S. Junior Championships will collectively organize a combined 30 regattas around the country from June through December.

In its 13th season, the Junior Olympic program is a nationwide series of regattas for youth, ages 8 to 21. Twenty-five regattas are slated for 2009 in the United States and more than 4,300 sailors are expected to participate. The action begins with two events in June, and culminates with the 33rd annual Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, the largest junior sailing event in the country. The Orange Bowl is hosted by the U.S. Sailing Center and Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami. Last year, more than 700 junior sailors from 24 countries, as well as 26 U.S. states and territories participated.

The summer schedule gets under way with the U.S. Youth Championships from June 25-30 at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, Conn. The series sails into July with the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship from July 6-11 at the Hampton Yacht Club in Hampton, Va. The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship follows this event from July 19-24 at the Westhampton Yacht Squadron in Remsenberg, N.Y. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Trust supports both events. These open events for girls, ages 13-18, feature intensive clinic instruction prior to the championship.

U.S. Sailing’s Chubb United States Junior Championships is a nationwide elimination series that concludes Aug. 13 in Marblehead, Mass. This event is run by organizers from the Pleon, Eastern, Corinthian, and Boston yacht clubs.

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New York Yacht Club ready for 155th regatta

From June 12-14, the New York Yacht Club 155th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex will deliver the next chapter of the longest-running regatta in America. NYYC first ran the event in 1845, one year after the club’s inception.

The Annual Regatta starts with the Around-the-Island Race June 12, followed by the traditional two-day series of racing June 13-14.

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This article originally appeared in the Connecticut & New York Home Waters section of the July 2009 issue.