It wasn’t pretty: fog giving way to gray on Saturday, gray turning to fog on Sunday, but the New York Yacht Club’s 147th Annual Regatta, presented by Rolex, featured two days of compelling racing.
The wind was solidly from the southwest at 10-15 knots on a lumpy Narragansett Bay. Edgar Cato's Hissar, the first fiberglass 12-Meter, known as KZ5, dominated 12-Meter Class 1 with three first-place finishes. The class consisted of grand-prix and modern 12-Meter yachts. The former are distinguished by winged keels; the latter show fin keels and separate spade rudders. American Eagle, a defense candidate in 1964, won 12-Meter Class 2, for classics with keel-hung rudders.
Nine 12-Meters competed -- including Columbia, Courageous and Freedom that have won the America's Cup. Eight will board a DYT ship later this summer with other NYYC vessels for the America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, England, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the America's Cup. On Sunday, the NYYC's cruise-in-company fleet, bound for the Jubilee in Cowes, passed the racing fleet.
Other yachts to win all three races, in IMS or PHRF, were Neva, a Swan 56, owned by Robert Watson; Amadeus, a custom 39 skippered by Udo Schroff; and Odyssey, another Swan 56, owned by David Brodsky.
Bright Star, skippered by Richard Breeden, posted two firsts and a second to win her class in windward-leeward conditions slightly foreign to her. A "turbo maxi sled," she was designed by Reichel/Pugh to win downwind races, like the Transpac. The former Zephyrus IV holds course records in the Capetown-Rio and Middle Sea Race.
Other class winners were Idler, George A.L. David; Appreciation, Jeffrey Siegal; Rampage, Mike Nasitka; and Cygnet, Richard