For its 100th anniversary, a fabled race attracts a glittering crowd
October 4, 2007
Historic Royal Bermuda YC, hosts since the first event in 1906.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Newport-Bermuda race proved more rewarding to veterans than to newer high-tech entries: Open 60 Pindar Artemas grounded hard and retired moments before the start, and the 98-foot New Zealand super-maxi Maximus failed to beat Roy Disney’s 2002 race record, crossing the finish line fourth. Sinn Fein and Lively Lady II both over a quarter century old each won their divisions in the St. David’s Lighthouse trophy for amateur crews. The all-women crewed Synergy, also a less-than-new boat with outdated electronics, won the cruising class by formulating a simple plan and sticking to it. Sparkman & Stevens entered six boats, all with S&S employees, brokers and friends crewing the yachts, including Siren, a 1936 New York 32, which managed third in class and fourth in fleet. Similarly, event sponsor Coldwell Banker’s entry included a few experienced sailors, but mostly company professionals. Princess Anne presented awards, confiding, “I went from sailing as a young girl to riding horses, but at the end of my career I am now firmly back to sailing. I have to confess though, that I never felt seasick on a horse.Barry Pickthall
The Royal Bermuda Anniversary Regatta provided great conditions and close
The Royal Bermuda Anniversary Regatta provided great conditions and close racing.Barry Pickthall