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13 June 2005, 02:03 pm
Donnybrook Takes Line Honours
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Annapolis To Newport Race 2005
Newport, Rhode Island, USA

For the fourth time since 1993, Donnybrook, Jim MULDOON's custom 72 footer from Annapolis has taken line honours as the first yacht to finish the Annapolis to Newport Race. At 17:39:26 hours local time on Sunday 12 June, Donnybrook crossed the finish line off Castle Hill Rock at the mouth of the Narragansett Bay, USA in twelve knot breezes flying her trademark shamrock-logoed asymmetrical spinnaker.
With an elapsed time of 53 hours, 24 minutes and 8 seconds, Michael BRENNAN's TP 52 Sjambok from Newport, finished second across the line less than 15 minutes behind. According to the IRC Rule under which both yachts were racing, Sjambok, with a rating of 1.336, beat Donnybrook, with a rating of 1.442, by 5 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds on corrected time.

Sailing for the Annapolis Yacht Club team, Donnybrook experienced her lightest breezes and lowest boat speeds of seven to eight knots at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay after leading the fleet down the Bay, according to navigator Bert COLLINS. According to COLLINS, as Donnybrook sailed upwind down the Chesapeake Bay, she worked the current, sailing to the eastern shore south of Cove Point and over to the middle and then the western shore south of Smith Point as the current shifted. 'It was a great race; fairly straightforward,' said COLLINS. 'We were expecting sweat and drift. It was one of the more fun Annapolis to Newport Races we've done.' Donnybrook's elapsed time was 53 hours, 9 minutes and 26 seconds.

Aboard Sjambok, watch captain Matt BECK credits increased breeze for the last 100 miles as well as splitting with Donnybrook to sail around the east side of Block Island for the close on the water finish with Donnybrook. According to BECK, Donnybrook was faster upwind coming down the Bay, and Sjambok kept all the crew on the rail as they played their tactics to not lose Donnybrook and work with the current as it changed. 'We started watches when we were out of the Bay,' said BECK. As they left the Bay, 'Donnybrook did a good job of sailing downwind,' according to BECK, 'but when the breeze picked up in the last 100 miles, we were able to take a big chunk out of them by the finish. On the back side of Block Island, we had up to 25 knots of wind. This race was lovely fun.' Sjambok hugged the high, rocky eastern coast just south of Castle Rock as they approached the finish with their red asymmetrical spinnaker to finish at 17:54:08 this evening.

Dana Paxton. Image, Donnybrook took line honours yesterday:© John Bildahl
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