NYYC Annual Regatta: it’s a wrap

Published on June 12th, 2022

Newport, RI (June 12, 2022) – Harvey Jones had a specific goal when he built the 55-foot Outlier, a cold-molded wooden yacht designed by Marcelino Botin and built by Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine. He wanted all of the intangibles that come with a boat built primarily with natural raw materials, and he also wanted something more.

“I built the boat to drive innovation in wooden boats,” said Jones. “There are companies that spend their time maintaining wooden boats, which is great, but if you don’t have innovation in wooden boat building, you’ll lose the art over time.”

With a win in the PHRF 1 division of the 168th edition of the New York Yacht Club’s 168th Annual Regatta, Jones and his Outlier team showed that the wood is still good for raceboat hulls, even when matched against the carbon fiber and fiberglass found in many modern raceboats.

“We are very proud of our performance,” said Jones. “This was the first real regatta we’ve done this year, so there was some learning going on. We came in today thinking, ‘It’s a great regatta and we’re going to do okay.’ But we had no idea we were going to win the regatta. We were lucky enough to pull out two bullets today.”

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, two days of buoy or navigator-course racing and nightly social activities on the grounds of the historic Harbour Court mansion.

Outlier looks like a classic yacht from the waterline up, but hides a 9-foot bulb keel underneath. She was built for Spirit of Tradition racing, but after a few years of success in SOT and classic divisions, Jones was eager to raise the bar. He entered PHRF at the Annual Regatta and found himself in a division with a 55-foot Jason Kerr design, a Tripp 65, a custom 60-foot Reichel/Pugh design and a modified Farr 40.

“Chuck Allen, our tactician, called great starts, and we had the racecourse kind of mapped out,” says Jones. “We had pretty specific places we wanted to go on the course to take advantage of currents and wind conditions. Those decisions don’t always work out, but they worked out really well today.”

Chris Lewis had the same sentiment regarding his win in the 20-boat IC37 division, the regatta’s largest. “I’ve been leading going into the last day for two other IC37 events,” said Lewis. “This is the first time we’ve actually pulled it off.”

After a very strong start, Lewis and his mostly Texas-based crew on Qubit had their worst finish of the regatta, a sixth, in today’s first race. With 1984 Olympic silver medalist Terry McLaughin and the Defiant crew lurking in second, one point behind, the opening regatta of the IC37 season was effectively a dead heat with two races remaining.

Despite the pressure, Lewis and his crew stuck true to their game plan, sailing clean and working together. “We just really tried to get clean starts, not to do the high-risk starts at the boat or the pin end, which often get super crowded, especially in this fleet,” said Lewis. “The IC37 is all about teamwork, it’s a team effort.

“So I’m the skipper, but I don’t want all the accolades. It’s also about the trimmers and the tactician and the bow girl, the whole team working together. The IC37s go fast when you execute on the choreography.”

The Annual Regatta’s other big one-design class this year was the Shields. The boat has been a fixture in Newport for more than a half century. But this is only the third time the class has participated in the Annual Regatta. In 2020, when COVID forced the Annual Regatta to be held in October, the class pulled in 14 boats. This year saw a similar number and the same winner, John Burnham and Reed Baer on Grace.

“It was a day of shifts, shifts in the wind, shifts in velocity, shifts in the current,” said Burham. “While we there were plenty of fast boats in our fleet, our team sorted out the shifts and changed gears better.”

The local Shields fleet often puts 30 boats or more on the line for its Wednesday-night summer series. But strong weekday fleets don’t always transition easily to longer weekend regattas. Burnham is hopeful that participating in the Annual Regatta will become a regular component of the fleet’s season schedule.

“I should mention how much the class appreciates the chance to race in this regatta,” said Burnham. “We want to build the Annual Regatta fleet not just of locals, but of visitors from other fleets in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. It was great to have three boats sailing from Beverly Yacht Club in Marion this year.”

At the opposite end of the technology spectrum from the 60-year-old Shields were the three Maxi72s that swept the podium in the six-boat ORC A division, the Annual Regatta’s fastest fleet. First place ultimately came down to a two-boat battle between Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente and Jim Swartz’ Vesper in today’s final race.

While both teams are looking at a full season of events both in Newport and in Europe, it’s hard to put the reins on the competitive fire when two teams of 20 professional sailors, most with America’s Cup experience, meet with a regatta on the line.

“We’ve got to look after the boats,” said Sanderson, who serves as the sailing master for Bella Mente. “But it was all on in the pre-start. We were polite enough to each other, but we pushed hard, so it was really fun.”

The Bella Menta team earned the advantage off the starting line. The presence of a third Maxi72, Proteus, did occasionally complicate the race. But Sanderson and his team, including tacitican Terry Hutchinson, were able to hold the advantage over Vesper all the way to the finish line, winning the pivotal race by about 90 seconds on corrected time. After a disappointing spring performance at Les Voiles de St. Barths, when Vesper won five of six races, this regatta was a strong step in the right direction.

“We’re just trying to ramp up towards the Maxi Worlds at the end of the summer, so we’ve just got to make sure that we learn each time and really be really honest about what’s going well and what’s going badly,” said Sanderson.

“It’s been really nice here because we know what it takes to do well and we were able to do it. But don’t get me wrong, we’re a long way from being where we want to be with the boat and with our performance.” All three Maxi72s will continue the long path to the worlds at Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex in July.

The 169th edition of the New York Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta in tentatively scheduled for June 9 to 11, 2023. The 2023 sailing calendar will be confirmed in the fall.

Top Finishers, Weekend Regatta

12 Metre (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Freedom (M), 12 Meter 64, Takashi Okura , Alpine, NJ, USA – 1 -1 -3 -1 ; 6
2. Courageous (M), 12 Meter 66, Gary Jobson , Portland, ME, USA – 2 -2 -2 -2 ; 8
3. Columbia (T), 12 Metre 69, Kevin Hegarty Tony Chiurco , Newport, RI, USA – 3 -3 -4 -3 ; 13
4. Weatherly (T), 12 Metre 68, Steven Eddleston , Bristol, RI, USA – 4 -4 -5 -4 ; 17
5. Challenge 12 (M), 12 Metre 63, Jack LeFort , Jamestown, RI, USA – 6 -6 -1 -5 ; 18

ORC A (ORC – 6 Boats)
1. Bella Mente, Maxi 72 74, Hap Fauth , Naples, FL, USA – 1 -2 -1 -2 -3 -2 ; 11
2. Vesper, IRC 72 72, Jim Swartz , Forked River, NJ, USA – 2 -1 -3 -1 -2 -3 ; 12
3. Proteus, maxi 72 21.95, George Sakellaris , Framingham, MA, USA – 3 -3 -2 -3 -1 -1 ; 13
4. Denali, JV 66 66, Michael D’Amelio , Boston, MA, USA – 5 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 ; 25
5. Arctos, Andrews 70 68, Charles Bayer , Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, USA – 6 -6 -6 -5 -5 -5 ; 33

ORC B (ORC – 6 Boats)
1. Vesper, TP52 52, David Team , Newport Beach, CA, USA – 1 -2 -1 -2 -1 -1 ; 8
2. FOX, Botin 52 52, Victor Wild , San Diego, CA, USA – 3 -1 -2 -1 -2 -2 ; 11
3. Gladiator, TP52 52, Tony Langley , Retford, Nottinghamshire, GBR – 2 -3 -3 -3 -6 -3 ; 20
4. Stark Raving Mad IX, Carkeek 47 47, Jim Madden , Newport Beach, CA, USA – 4 -4 -4 -5 -4 -4 ; 25
5. Interlodge IV, Botin 44 44, Austin and Gwen Fragomen , Newport, RI, USA – 5 -5 -5 -4 -3 -5 ; 27

ORC E (ORC – 10 Boats)
1. Rima98, Italia 11.98 39, John Brim , Palm Beach, FL, USA – 2 -1 -2 -1 -2 -2 ; 10
2. Bravo, J 111 36.5, Andrew Ward / Sedgwick Ward , Shelter Island, NY, USA – 1 -3 -1 -2 -3 -3 ; 13
3. Christopher Dragon, Italia 11.98 39, Andrew & Linda Weiss , Mamaroneck, NY, USA – 3 -2 -4 -3 -4 -1 ; 17
4. Leading Edge, J 109 35, Tom Sutton , Houston, TX, USA – 4 -4 -3 -4 -6 -5 ; 26
5. Vento Solare, J 109 35, Bill Kneller , Newport, RI, USA – 5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -4 ; 29

Classics 1 (CRF MkII – 4 Boats)
1. Marilee, NY 40 58’6, Ken Colburn , Boston, MA, USA – 2 -1 -1.5 ; 4.5
2. Onawa, 12 Metre 69, Christopher Culver , Newport, RI, USA – 3 -2 -1 ; 6
3. Blackfish (spin), Taylor 49 49.0, Ron & Carolyn Zarrella , Rochester, NY, USA – 1 -3 -5 ; 9
4. Wild Horses, W Class 76 76, Donald Tofias , Newport, RI, USA – 4 -4 -2 ; 10

Classics 2 (CRF MkII – 5 Boats)
1. Dorade, S&S 52 52.5, Matt Brooks , Fremont, CA, USA – 1 -1 -1 ; 3
2. Leaf, Luders 24 38, Ben Hall , Bokeelia, FL, USA – 2 -2 -2 ; 6
3. Angelita, 8 Metre 50.33, Skelsey Croll , Greenwich, CT, USA – 3 -3 -6 ; 12
4. Abigail (spin), Alden 39, Jesse Terry , New York, NY, USA – 4 -6 -6 ; 16
5. Marionette, Ketch 42.6, Alexander von Perfall , New York, USA – 5 -6 -6 ; 17

PHRF 1 (PHRF – 6 Boats)
1. OUTLIER, Botin 55 55’9, Harvey Jones , Nantucket, MA, USA – 3 -2 -1 -1 ; 7
2. IRIE 2, Kerr 55 55, Brian Cunha , Newport, RI, USA – 1 -1 -3 -2 ; 7
3. Prevail, Tripp 65 65, Dudley Johnson , Watch Hill, RI, USA – 2 -4 -2 -4 ; 12
4. Katahdin, Farr 40 40, Trevor W. Nelson , Hingham, MA, USA – 4 -3 -4 -5 ; 16
5. Laura, Westerly Marine RP 60 60, Francis Curren / William Titus , Newport, RI, USA – 5 -5 -5 -3 ; 18

PHRF 3 (PHRF – 13 Boats)
1. Mischief, Lyman-Morse 40 40, David Schwartz , Bristol, RI, USA – 2 -3 -2 ; 7
2. GRIMACE, J 100 33, Dawson Hodgson , Slocum, RI, USA – 5 -1 -3 ; 9
3. Hawk, Evelyn 32-2 32, Richard & Katie Barker , Newport, RI, USA – 1 -5 -4.5 ; 10.5
4. Blackwing, Herreshoff 28 28, George Hinman , Vero Beach, FL, USA – 11 -2 -1 ; 14
5. Dark Star, Evelyn 32 M 9.750M, Roger Lowlicht , branford, CT, USA – 3 -6 -6 ; 15

Shields (One Design – 12 Boats)
1. Grace, Shields 30, John Burnham/ Reed Baer , Middletown, RI, USA – 2 -6 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 12
2. Helen, Shields 32, Ed Adams , Middletown, RI, USA – 1 -1 -2 -2 -4 -4 ; 14
3. Tinky, Shields 30, Clayton Deutsch , Newport, RI, USA – 3 -4 -4 -6 -3 -3 ; 23
4. Apollo 11, Shields 30, Joe Bardenheier , Newport, RI, USA – 4 -5 -8 -3 -6 -12 ; 38
5. Tantrum, Shields 30, Jonathan Hough , Jamestown, RI, USA – 12 -3 -7 -8 -2 -9 ; 41

PHRF 2 (PHRF – 13 Boats)
1. Vamoose, J 133 43, Bob Manchester , Barrington, RI, USA – 1 -1 -1 ; 3
2. Wicked 2.0, J 111 36.5, Douglas Curtiss , South Dartmouth, MA, USA – 3 -2 -3 ; 8
3. Incognito, J 121 40, Joe Brito , Bristol, RI, USA – 2 -4 -4 ; 10
4. Cavalino, W-37 37, Mike Toppa , Newport, RI, USA – 6 -3 -2 ; 11
5. Camelot, Brenta 38, Jonathan Litt , Greenwich, CT, USA – 4 -5 -7 ; 16

PHRF Non-Spinnaker (PHRF – 4 Boats)
1. Star Dancer, Freedom 35 35, David Pedrick , Newport, RI, USA – 2 -1 -1 -2 ; 6
2. Frolic, Luders Navy Yawl 44, Bill Doyle , Newport, Ri, USA – 1 -2 -3 -1 ; 7
3. Ponyo, Camden Class Knockabout 28, Paul Koch , East Greenwich, RI, USA – 3 -3 -2 -5 ; 13
4. FIDELIA, Hanse 348 34, Barbara Vietor , Newport, RI, USA – 4 -5 -4 -5 ; 18

IC37 (One Design – 20 Boats)
1. Qubit, IC37 37, Chris Lewis , Austin, TX, USA – 4 -1 -2 -6 -1 -2 ; 16
2. Defiant, IC37 37, Terry McLaughlin , Toronto, ON, CAN – 6 -4 -1 -3 -3 -3 ; 20
3. RAMROD, IC37 37, Rodrick Jabin , Annapolis, MD, USA – 8 -6 -11 -1 -7 -1 ; 34
4. New Wave, IC37 37, Steve Liebel , Tampa, FL, USA – 17 -2 -4 -9 -2 -8 ; 42
5. MO, IC37 37, Benjamin/Hannah Kinney/Swett , New York, NY, USA – 5 -5 -14 -4 -9 -6 ; 43

ORC C (ORC – 8 Boats)
1. Cool Breeze, Mills 43 Custom 43, John Cooper , Cane Hill, MO, USA – 1 -2 -3 -2 -2 -2 ; 12
2. Impetuous, Swan 42 42.5, Paul Zabetakis , Jamestown, RI, USA – 5 -5 -4 -1 -1 -1 ; 17
3. Tio Loco, Club Swan 42 42.5, Henry Brauer Steve Madeira , Northeast Harbor, ME, USA – 2 -4 -2 -3.5 -3 -5 ; 19.5
4. After Midnight, CTM41 41, Paul Jeka , Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA – 3 -1 -1 -6 -6 -3 ; 20
5. Zammermoos, Swan 42 42, David Fass , Mamaroneck, NY, USA – 4 -3 -5 -3.5 -5 -4 ; 24.5

ORC D (ORC – 9 Boats)
1. Escape Velocity 2, Summit 40 40, Ben Chigier , Manchester, MA, USA – 1 -1 -1 -6 -3 -4 ; 16
2. Tarahumara, J 122 40, Jack Gregg , Jamestown, RI, USA – 2 -3 -7 -2 -2 -3 ; 19
3. Teamwork, J 122 40, Robin Team , Lexington, NC, USA – 4 -4 -6 -5 -1 -1 ; 21
4. elbow room, J 122 40, Doug Evans , Milwaukee, WI, USA – 3 -8 -2 -1 -6 -2 ; 22
5. Dark Storm, J 121 39.67, Ken Comerford , Annapolis, MD, USA – 6 -2 -4 -3 -9 -5 ; 29

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Source: NYYC

 

 

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