Sailing into the History Books

2013 edition of America’s oldest regatta was the largest ever for the New York Yacht Club.

New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex

Vesper sails at the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex.Courtesy Rolex/NYYC/Daniel Forster

The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex saw 153 teams competing — making it the largest annual regatta on record since the event was first held in 1845.

“We are proud and privileged to be able to open our home to this many yachtsmen and sailors that come from all over the world, both professional and Corinthian, with great crews,” Commodore Thomas Harrington stated in a press release. “We extend the hospitality of the New York Yacht Club both on the water and off, because what we are about is sharing in our traditions. And like anything else, to have a great party you need people to come, and they came.”

The talk of the event was Jim Swartz of Salt Lake City, Utah, and his team’s TP 52 Vesper. They won the Around the Island Race and Rolex watch prize for best performance among all IRC competitors, then went on to win four out of five races in the IRC 1 category.

“The crew is flawless, and the boat is fast,” said Swartz, who has sailed Vesper for three seasons now. “It has been a fun boat to sail; it goes upwind beautifully and flies downwind.”

For a full account of all winners in additional classes such as the 12 Meters and J/70s, visit