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12 June 2005, 08:46 am
Lead Boats Enter The Atlantic For Second Leg Of Race
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Annapolis To Newport Race 2005

At approximately 0700 hours local time yesterday morning, Jim MULDOON's customer 72 footer Donnybrook led the fleet out of the Chesapeake Bay. Donnybrook, racing for Annapolis Yacht Club's team, greeted the dawn ahead of line honors rival Sjambok, Michael BRENNAN's TP 52.
By 0800 in IRC I Class, Donnybrook and Sjambok had left the Chesapeake, closely followed by Lawrence BULMAN's Yellow Jacket.

In the PHRF I Class, Newbold SMITH's Reindeer, a 47' Custom Payne competing on the Corinthian Club of Philadelphia's team, was the first to enter the Atlantic around 1100 hours. Reindeer had a strong lead over the rest of her class, with Amadeus and Pamlico, respectively, leading the rest of the tightly gathered PHRF I Class. Amadeus, an IMX 40 skippered by Bill STEVENSON, whilst Pamlico, an Andrews 38, is skippered by Bob MULLER.

Honahlee, a J/44, led the IRC II Class into the Atlantic Ocean at 1200. Honahlee is skippered by H.L. DEVORE, and is being closely followed by Dame Blanche. As of press time, Dame Blanche, Othmar Mueller VON BLUMENCRON's Beneteau First 40.7, was less than half a mile behind Honahlee.

In the PHRF II Class, the J/42 Dolphin, skippered by Henry MORGAN, and sailing on the New York Yacht Club's team left the Bay around 1530. As of press time, Dolphin and the Navy 44 Lively were the only boats in their class to have entered the Atlantic. Lively is skippered by Midshipman 1st Class Joe DICKMAN and sailing for the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron team.

At press time, each of the class leaders to exit the Chesapeake Bay has held onto to their on course class position in the Atlantic Ocean. Donnybrook is leading the fleet, 275 nautical miles from the finish, with an average speed of ten knots.

Allen DAVIES, captain of the Frers 45 Now, called race headquarters in Newport at about 1600 on Friday 10 June to report that they had been forced to retire by mast problems. There were no injuries. At about 1800 Friday, David ROSS called race headquarters to report that rig problems aboard his S&S 47, Raider, had forced them to retire. There were no injuries.

The Annapolis to Newport Race is one of the most historic and well known of the USA's East Coast blue water races. Linking, Annapolis and Newport, the race provides challenging diversity over different bodies of water, as well as convenient ports of refuge along the entire course. As a result, the race is a favourite for first time offshore competitors, as well as experienced blue water racers. The record time for the 58 year old race is held by Carrera, Joseph DOCKERY's Farr 60 skippered by Chris LARSON, which set a new course record in 2001 of 42 hours, 58 minutes and 12 seconds. The race is organized by the Annapolis Yacht Club, with assistance from the Naval Academy Sailing.

Dana Paxton. Image, The race gets underway:© Gebhardt & Associates
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