Smooth sailing for Newport Bermuda Race competitors

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Shockwave, skippered by George Sakellaris of Framingham, Mass., crossed the finish line at 6:34 Bermuda time Monday to take line honors in the 49th Newport Bermuda Race.

Based on provisional results, Shockwave can be confirmed as the Class 9 and division winner, taking home his second Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy in a row. This is the first boat to win consecutive Gibbs Hill Trophies since the prize was dedicated to the grand prix division in 2002.

As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, just one boat was still racing — Westray, a Concordia yawl in Class I and the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. The Pantaenius Tracker shows her 7.3 miles from the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse. All the other 163 starters have finished or retired from the race.

With the arrival of the sailors, friends and families who have been exploring Bermuda alone will now have time to celebrate the completion of another classic ocean race.

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