Wind, Rain and Racing

With a record number of entries, the New York Yacht Club’s 157th Annual Regatta lived up to its hype.

2011 NYYC Regatta Puma

Puma's mar mostro, skippered by Ken Read, won IRC 1 in the NYYC 157th Annual Regatta
presented by Rolex. Dan Nerney photo.
Dan Nerney

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 12, 2011) – With 135 boats competing, the New York Yacht Club’s 157th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, held June 10-12, broke all of its past attendance records, and with winds whipping into the high teens for buoy racing over the weekend, it certainly is in line for being the most memorable Annual Regatta in recent history.

The oldest regatta in the country kicked off with an optional 18-nautical mile Around the Island Race on Friday that yielded Richard Oland’s (St. John, New Brunswick) Southern Cross 52 Vela Veloce as the IRC 2 class and overall winner, his performance worthy of a Rolex timepiece as prize. In weekend racing, Oland’s team continued to fare well but was ultimately outmatched in IRC 2 by David and Sandra Askew’s (Annapolis, Md.) TP 52 Flying Jenny, which won and was followed in the standing by Peter Cunningham’s (CAY) IRC 52 PowerPlay, leaving third for Vela Veloce.

An additional five IRC classes sailed, with PHRF and Classics (each with a spinnaker and non-spinnaker class) rounding out the racing action, along with one-design competitions for J/105, Herreshoff S, 12 Metre, 6 Metre and Swan 42 classes.

“It was bloody hard work,” said Ken Read (Newport, R.I.), skipper of Puma Ocean Racing’s Volvo Open 70 mar mostro, which beat out Dan Meyers’ (Boston, Mass.) JV 66 Numbers in IRC 1 class, “but anytime you have good breeze and gnarly conditions you feel like you actually accomplished something.”

Read’s reference to gnarly could have been to several outbursts of rain, but that didn’t deter the hardy if decidedly damp sailors from the task at hand. He noted that his crew is the same that will participate in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race and the Transatlantic Race 2011. “We are set up to go offshore right now with the same 10 guys,” he said, “but we have an inshore component for the Volvo, so we have to practice, and this was one of those times. To say we were stunned to win is an understatement; we never for a minute thought that we’d do so well against these other top IRC boats. Our rating isn’t as bad as we thought; the boat is going darn good; and the crew is exceptional--without those three things it wouldn’t have been the same.”

Ken Colburn’s (Dover, Mass.) Apparition won the 13-boat Swan 42 class seemingly with ease and a low point score of just 11 points over five races. Though an apparition is a sudden or unusual sight, there was nothing surprising about this team’s consistent performance, which included two second-place finishes in as many races on Sunday. "It was another day of very close competition," said Colburn back onshore, noting that Saturday’s racing proved to be extremely tricky with stiff winds, waves and chop, and saw some damaged sails and many position changes within the fleet. "Terrific crew work made the difference; we had better wave starts than yesterday, and we found a pretty consistent groove that gave us good boat speed."

The 42s skipped Friday’s Around-the-Island Race to do three separate buoy races that counted as a U.S. qualifier for this September’s NYYC Invitational Club, so all teams left feeling both satiated and satisfied with quality racing.

Sam Croll's (Greenwich, Conn.) 8 metre Angelita, which won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1928, won all of its races in Classic class, while Mike McCaffrey (Newport, R.I.) represented a brilliant demonstration of boat handling when he won all but one of the Hereshoff S class’s five races aboard Osprey. “After 20 years, you kind of get the hang of it,” he said, referring to the fact that he, like others in his class, lovingly restored this classic design that is 27½ feet, distinguished by a boom extending beyond the transom, and has 426 sq. feet of sail area. It is also the oldest one-design class still actively racing and sailing in its original boats. “It was tough out there for this powerful little day sailer with such a big main. Ten to twelve knots is the groove for an S Boat, so the 16-18 was a challenge.”

Other teams winning all but one of their races were Mar Mostro; Stephen Devoe’s (Jamestown, R.I.) Swan 45 Devocean in IRC 3; Joe Loughborough’s (Newport, R.I.) Luders 24 Belle in 6 Metre class; Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory 83 in 12 Metre class.

A new feature of the regatta was the Navigator Class for those who prefer a classic government buoy course to the more prevalent short-course racing. In those classes, one race was held each day of the weekend.

Rolex will award a timepiece to the overall winner (determined by the organizers) of Saturday’s and Sunday’s combined series of races, which officially constitutes the NYYC 157th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. This special prize, as well as engraved overall trophies in each class and the Great Corinthian Trophy for yacht club teams of three or more boats posting the best class finishes, will be awarded at the November 10 Annual Awards Dinner at the NYYC’s main clubhouse in New York City.

For more information complete results, visit www.nyyc.org

About The NYYC Annual Regatta Presented by Rolex
The tradition of the Annual Regatta began at the New York Yacht Club's original clubhouse in Hoboken, N.J., in 1845, during its second year of existence. Racing for the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex takes place on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, with daily awards and social activities at Harbour Court, NYYC's on-the-water clubhouse in Newport, R.I. For a full list of entries and additional information, please visit the New York Yacht Club on the web at www.nyyc.org

About Rolex and Sailing
Among the sports with which Rolex has partnered for many years, sailing holds a special place. The association dates back to the late 1950s, and the close ties that bind the company to the world of yachting grow stronger every year. Rolex's approach to sport is to link with disciplines and events in alignment with its philosophies and ideals that exemplify its values. In the sport of yachting, the primary associations are with the Maxi Yacht class of yachts, significant offshore races, select championships and classic yacht regattas that unite historic and beautiful vessels.

Off the water, Rolex participates in the development of the sport through its support of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body and the annual ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, which recognize male and female sailors who have distinguished themselves over the course of a year. Rolex has also cultivated close relationships with the sport's best-known yacht clubs, those that organize landmark events and hold traditions that Rolex respects and appreciates. As part of its Testimonee program Rolex counts among its ranks a number of exemplary sailors: those who practice the sport in a spirit and manner universally admired. Through this interaction with yachting, Rolex has become more than a mere sponsor of the sport. It is a true partner. www.rolex.com

Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

IRC 1 (IRC - 3 Boats)
1. PUMA Ocean Racing, Volvo Open 70 70, Ken Read, Newport, RI, USA - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 6
2. Numbers, JV 66 66.5', Daniel Meyers , Boston, MA, USA - 1, 2, 2, 3, 2, ; 10
3. Shockwave, Mini Maxi 72, George Sakellaris , Framingham, MA, USA - 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, ; 14

IRC 2 (IRC - 8 Boats)
1. Flying Jenny 7, TP 52, David & Sandra Askew , Annapolis, MD, USA - 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, ; 10
2. PowerPlay, TP 52 52, Peter Cunningham , George Town, Grand Cayman, CAY - 1, 1, 3, 6, 1, ; 12
3. Vela Veloce, Southern Cross 52, Richard Oland , Saint John, NB, CAN - 3, 3, 5, 3, 3, ; 17

IRC 3 (IRC - 8 Boats)
1. Devocean, Swan 45 13.5, Stephen Devoe , Jamestown, RI, USA - 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 7
2. Snow Lion, Ker 50 50', Lawrence Huntington , New York, NY, USA - 1, 3, 2, 5, 3, ; 14
3. Interlodge, NYYC Swan 42 42, Arthur Santry / John Jacquemin , Arlington, VA, USA - 2, 4, 3, 2, 5, ; 16

SWAN 42 (One Design - 13 Boats)
1. Apparition, NYYC Swan 42 42.5, Kenneth Colburn , Dover, MA, USA - 2, 1, 4, 2, 2, ; 11
2. Stark Raving Mad VI, NYYC Swan 42 42.5, James Madden , Newport Beach, CA, USA - 8, 2, 1, 1, 10, ; 22
3. Bandit, NYYC Swan 42 42, Andrew Fisher , Greenwich, CT, USA - 1, 9, 5, 6, 3, ; 24

HERRESHOFF S CLASS (One Design - 8 Boats)
1. Osprey, Herreshoff S Class 27.5, Michael McCaffrey , Newport, RI, USA - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 6
2. Aquila, Herreshoff S Class 27.5, Angus Davis , Bristol, RI, USA - 1, 6, 4, 3, 2, ; 16
3. Firefly, Herreshoff S Class 27, Alan Silken , Newton, MA, USA - 3, 3, 5, 4, 4, ; 19

CLASSICS (SPINNAKER) (PHRF - 4 Boats)
1. Sonny, S&S Custom 53 53, Joseph Dockery , Newport, RI, USA - 2, 2, 2, 1, ; 7
2. Siren, New York 32 45, Peter Cassidy , Rochester, MA, USA - 1, 1, 3, 3, ; 8
3. Black Watch, Yawl 68, Lars Forsberg , Greenwich, CT, USA - 3, 4, 1, 2, ; 10

CLASSICS (NON-SPINNAKER) (PHRF - 4 Boats)
1. Angelita, 8 Metre 50.33', Samuel Croll , Greenwich, CT, USA - 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 4
2. Fortune, Custom 50, Glassie/ Taft , Newport, RI, USA - 2, 2, 2, 2, ; 8
3. Katrinka, Tripp Custom Yawl 48.1, Andrew Norris , New York, NY, USA - 5/DNF, 3, 5/DNF, 3, ; 16

6 METRE (PHRF - 6 Boats)
1. Belle, Luders 24 38.25, Jonathan Loughborough , Newport, RI, USA - 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, ; 6
2. Discovery, 6 Metre 36, Thomas Rodes , Cambridge, MA, USA - 7/DNC, 2, 2, 1, 2, ; 14
3. Clarity, 6 Metre 35.5, Jed Pearsall , Newport, RI, USA - 3, 3, 4, 3, 3, ; 16

PHRF 1 (PHRF - 8 Boats)
1. Quokka, Beneteau 36.7 35, Jake Peelen , South Dartmouth, MA, USA - 4, 1, ; 5
2. Blockade Runner, FARR 30 30, Bruce/Taran Bingman/Teague , Annapolis, MD, USA - 1, 4, ; 5
3. Pursuit, Custom 48, Norman Dawley , Lusby, MD, USA - 5, 2, ; 7

PHRF 2 (PHRF - 8 Boats)
1. Bluto, Evelyn 32-2 32' 1, Ben / Bill Hall / Berges , Tiverton, RI, USA - 2, 2, ; 4
2. Dirty Harry, J 29 MHOB 29'11, John Lavin , W Greenwich, RI, USA - 1, 4, ; 5
3. NightHawk, J 24 24, Mike Ryan/ Richard Barker , Newport, RI, USA - 3, 3, ; 6

PHRF-NS (NON-SPINNAKER) (PHRF - 8 Boats)
1. Top Cat, Alerion Express 38 Yawl 38, Jim Lengel , Portsmouth, RI, USA - 2, 1, ; 3
2. Flying Cloud 11, Swan 44 Mk 2 43.8, Gordon McNabb , Middletown, RI, USA - 1, 3, ; 4
3. Crackerjack, Sloop 41.03, Alan Krulisch , Arlington, VA, USA - 3, 2, ; 5

IRC 4 (IRC - 15 Boats)
1. DownTime, Summit 40 39.92, Ed and Molly Freitag , Annapolis, MD, USA - 1, 1, 4, 3, 2, 3, ; 14
2. Wings, J 122 40, Mike Bruno / Tom Boyle / Jim Callahan , Irvington, NY, USA - 2, 2, 1, 6.5, 4, 2, ; 17.5
3. Maxine, J 44 44.9, William Ketcham , Greenwich, CT, USA - 8, 5, 2, 2, 1, 7, ; 25

IRC 5 (IRC - 6 Boats)
1. Carina, Custom 48 48', Rives Potts , Westbrook, CT, USA - 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 8
2. Act One, Summit 35 35, Charles Milligan , Newpoort, RI, USA - 1, 1, 2, 7/DNC, 2, 2, ; 15
3. Defiance , Navy 44 44, Dillon Rossitor , Annapolis, MD, USA - 4, 5, 3, 2, 3, 4, ; 21

IRC 6 (IRC - 10 Boats)
1. Troubador, Express 37 37, Jamie Anderson , New York, NY, USA - 1, 2, 6, 1, 3, 3, ; 16
2. Rush, J 109 35, Bill Sweetser , Annapolis, MD, USA - 3, 3/SCP, 5, 4, 1, 2, ; 18
3. Storm, J 109 35, Rick Lyall , Wilton, CT, USA - 4, 3, 1, 2, 4, 5, ; 19

12 METRE (One Design - 7 Boats)
1. Victory 83, 12 Metre 65, Dennis Williams , Hobe Sound, FL, USA - 1, 1, 8/DNS, 1, 1, ; 12
2. Intrepid, 12 Metre 65', Jack Curtin , Toronto, Ont, CAN - 3, 2, 1, 5/SCP, 2, ; 13
3. Courageous, 12 Metre 68, Ralph Isham / Alexander Auersperg , New York, NY, USA - 2, 4, 3, 2, 3, ; 14

J/105 (One Design - 8 Boats)
1. Savasana, J 105 34.5, Brian Keane , Weston, MA, USA - 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, ; 8
2. Jouster, J 105 34.5, Bruce Stone / Julian Croxall , San Francisco, CA, USA - 2, 1, 2, 1, 3, 3, ; 12
3. Sterling, J 105 34.5, Mark Lindquist , Kingston, MA, USA - 2.3/RDG, 2.3/RDG, 2.3/RDG, 3, 2, 2, ; 13.9