A2N: The fog comes on little cat feet…

Published on June 11th, 2013

I’m sure some of the sailors in this year’s running of the Annapolis to Newport Race wonder if Carl Sandberg had ever entered a harbor by boat as his famous poem, FOG…

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

The poem exemplifies the conditions greeting them in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (June 11, 2013). The vessels crossing the finish were welcomed to Newport by the sound of Castle Hill Light’s horn without actually seeing the structure itself.

Actea, 2011 Annapolis to Newport Race recipient of the Gaither Scott Award crossed the line at 08.03.43 on Tuesday morning. Co-owner Connie Cone reported “it was a long race and we never thought we’d get here BUT the champagne is chilling”!

Bandana finished at 05.28.41 today with three generations of the Benson family from Maryland’s Eastern Shore aboard including 13 yr. old Gray who last year completed his first Newport-Bermuda Race. The crew experienced at least two, four hour watches in the doldrums before the breeze filled in from the east at which time they were able to put up an asymmetrical chute for an extended period of time. The highlight from a naturalist perspective was the abundance of turtles, dolphins and right whales throughout the trip.

Scott Bearse, skipper of Slide Rule who finished today after 0600 said “I experienced more rain on this race than I think I have my entire life”!

Norm Dawley, owner and skipper of Pursuit who as of this year has now completed his 9th Annapolis to Newport Race popped in to the NYYC Sailing Office this morning reporting that it was the “longest time spent slatting around” without forward progress that he can remember. After hours of listening to the sails flogging throwing up a windseeker was a welcome relief for the crew.

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Contact: Linda Ambrose for the A2N Race Committee

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