New York Yacht Club – 168th Annual Regatta Around the Island Race

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Instinct and Experience Lead to Wins in 168th Annual Regatta’s Around-the-Island Race


 Ray Davies spends most of his time in the highly analytical world of the America’s Cup, where empirical data comes by the gigabyte, and little is left to subjective review. He knows to trust the numbers. But he also knows to back himself. At the pivotal moment of today’s Around the Island Race, on Day 1 of the New York Yacht Club’s 168th Annual Regatta, it was Davies’ sailing instinct that lifted Howard Spencer’s IC37 Menace to a class win in a highly entertaining and tactically challenging 19-mile lap of Conanicut Island.

“We spent most of the race in about seventh or eighth place,” said Davies, who served as a sailor and coach for Emirates Team New Zealand during the 36th America’s Cup and also won the Volvo Ocean Race with illbruck in 2002. “At the final turning mark, at the [north] tip of the island, we elected to keep our gennaker up and all the other IC37s around us dropped their gennakers and reached. We sailed low, they all slowed each other down, and we had a passing lane down to leeward. That’s where it all happened.”

The New York Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta was first sailed on the Hudson River on July 16 and 18, 1846. A similar competition the previous year was called a Trial of Speed. With a few exceptions for world wars and other global crises, the event has been held every year since. For the majority of its existence, the Annual Regatta was raced on waters close to New York City. Since 1988, however, the event has been sailed out of the Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, R.I., and has settled into the current three-day format, which includes a race around Conanicut Island on Friday, two days of buoy or navigator-course racing on Saturday and Sunday and nightly social activities on the grounds of the historic Harbour Court mansion. The 168th Annual Regatta is sponsored by Hammetts Hotel, Safe Harbor Marinas and Helly Hansen.

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168th NYYC Annual Regatta
Friday, June 10 (Around-the-Island Race)
Final Results
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Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

Classics 1 (CRF MkII – 4 Boats)
1. Onawa, 12 Metre, Christopher Culver , Newport, RI, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Blackfish (spin), Taylor 49, Ron & Carolyn Zarrella , Rochester, NY, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Marilee, NY 40, Ken Colburn , Boston, MA, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Wild Horses, W Class 76, Donald Tofias , Newport, MA, USA – 4 ; 4

Classics 2 (CRF MkII – 4 Boats)
1. Dorade, S&S 52, Matt Brooks , Fremont, CA, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Leaf, Luders 24, Ben Hall , Bokeelia, FL, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Angelita, 8 Metre, Skelsey Croll , Greenwich, CT, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Marionette, Ketch, Alexander von Perfall , New York, USA – 4 ; 4

12 Metre (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Freedom (M), 12m, Takashi Okura , Alpine, NJ, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Courageous (M), 12 Meter, James Plagenhoef , Portland, ME, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Columbia (T), 12 Metre, Kevin Hegarty Tony Chiurco , Newport, RI, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Weatherly (T), 12m, Steven Eddleston , Bristol, RI, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Challenge 12 (M), 12 Metre, Jack LeFort , Jamestown, RI, USA – 6 ; 6

IC37 (One Design – 20 Boats)
1. MEANCE, HOWARD SPENCER , WHANGAMATA, NEW ZEALAND, NZL – 1 ; 1
2. Yonder, Douglas Newhouse , Newport, RI, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Qubit, Chris Lewis , Austin, TX, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Defiant, Terry McLaughlin , Toronto, ON, CAN – 4 ; 4
5. Ticket, Ed Whitmore , Norfolk, VA, USA – 5 ; 5

Shields (One Design – 7 Boats)
1. Grace, John Burnham/ Reed Baer , Middletown, RI, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Tinky, Clayton Deutsch , USA – 2 ; 2
3. Bit~O~Honey, Ken Deyett , Marion, MA, USA – 3 ; 3
4. White Rabbit, Richard Robbins , Mattapoisett, MA, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Tantrum, Jonathan Hough , Jamestown, RI, USA – 5 ; 5

ORC A (ORC – 6 Boats)
1. Bella Mente, Maxi 72, Hap Fauth , Naples, FL, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Proteus, maxi 72, George Sakellaris , Framingham, MA, USA – 2 ; 2
3. KODIAK, RP 66, MIDN 1/C Jon Middlebrookes , Annapolis, MD, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Vesper, IRC 72, Jim Swartz , Forked River, CA, USA – 4.5 ; 4.5
5. Denali, JV 66, Michael D’Amelio , Boston, MA, USA – 4.5 ; 4.5

ORC B (ORC – 6 Boats)
1. Interlodge IV, Botin 44, Austin and Gwen Fragomen , Newport, RI, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Gladiator, TP52, Tony Langley , Retford, Nottinghamshire, GBR – 2 ; 2
3. FOX, Botin 52, Victor Wild , San Diego, CA, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Vesper, TP52, David Team , Newport Beach, CA, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Stark Raving Mad IX, Carkeek 47, Jim Madden , Newport Beach, CA, USA – 5 ; 5

ORC C (ORC – 9 Boats)
1. After Midnight, CTM41, Paul Jeka , Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Cool Breeze, Mills 43 Custom, John Cooper , Cane Hill, MO, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Nasty Medicine, Corby 41, Stephen Sherwin , Hamilton, Bermuda, BER – 3 ; 3
4. Zammermoos, Swan 42, David Fass , Mamaroneck, NY, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Tio Loco, Club Swan 42, Henry Brauer Steve Madeira , Northeast Harbor, ME, USA – 5 ; 5

ORC D (ORC – 12 Boats)
1. Teamwork, J 122, Robin Team , Lexington, NC, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Tarahumara, J 122, Jack Gregg , Bryn Mawr, PA, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Alliance, J122, Eric and Mary Irwin and Martin , Mystic, CT, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Carina, Custom 48′ sloop’, Rives Potts , Essex, CT, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Dark Storm, J 121, Ken Comerford , Annapolis, MD, USA – 5 ; 5

ORC E (ORC – 10 Boats)
1. Rima98, Italia 11.98, John Brim , Palm Beach, FL, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Leading Edge, J 109, Tom Sutton , Houston, TX, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Bravo, J 111, Andrew Ward / Sedgwick Ward , Shelter Island, NY, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Temptress, Taylor 41, John Gowell , Jamestown, RI, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Vento Solare, J 109, Bill Kneller , Newport, RI, USA – 5 ; 5

PHRF 1 (PHRF – 6 Boats)
1. IRIE 2, Kerr 55, Brian Cunha , Newport, RI, USA – 1 ; 1
2. OUTLIER, Botin 55, Harvey Jones , Nantucket, MA, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Prevail, Tripp 65, Dudley Johnson , Watch Hill, RI, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Laura, Westerly Marine RP 60, Francis Curren / William Titus , Newport, RI, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Defiance, Swan 56, Peter Noonan , Saratoga, CA, USA – 5 ; 5

PHRF 2 (PHRF – 11 Boats)
1. Running Tide, S&S 62, Beau Van Metre , Middleburg, VA, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Cavalino, W-37, Mike Toppa , Newport, RI, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Vamoose, J 133, Bob Manchester , Barrington, RI, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Incognito, J 121, Joe Brito , Bristol, RI, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Camelot, Brenta 38, Jonathan Litt , Greenwich, CT, USA – 5 ; 5

PHRF 3 (PHRF – 14 Boats)
1. Haerlem, Nautor Swan CC 55, Hendrikus Wisker , Round Hill, VA, USA – 1 ; 1
2. GRIMACE, J 100, Dawson Hodgson , Slocum, RI, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Mischief, Lyman-Morse 40, David Schwartz , Bristol, RI, USA – 3 ; 3
4. Blackwing, Herreshoff 28, George Hinman , Vero Beach, FL, USA – 4 ; 4
5. Blitz, J 105, Chris Tate , Warwick, RI, USA – 5 ; 5

PHRF Non-Spinnaker (PHRF – 4 Boats)
1. Star Dancer, Freedom 35, David Pedrick , Newport, RI, USA – 1 ; 1
2. Frolic, Luders Navy Yawl, Bill Doyle , Newport, Ri, USA – 2 ; 2
3. Ponyo, Camden Class Knockabout 28, Paul Koch , East Greenwich, RI, USA – 3 ; 3
4. FIDELIA, Hanse 348, Barbara Vietor , Newport, RI, USA – 4 ; 4