A whisper of a northerly breeze sent 100 boats off on a downwind start in the opener for the New York Yacht Club's 150th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex.
As predicted, however, it eventually filled in from the southeast, and its variable 8-10 knot velocity made for a challenging ride around the 19-mile course circling Conanicut Island, the visual showpiece in the event's Around the Island Race for the Rolex Cup. Yesterday's racing was an add-on to the traditional two-day Annual Regatta, in commemoration of the event's sesquicentennial. For some classes it was optional, but for others, in particular the TP52 class, which is using the Annual Regatta as its first-ever East Coast Championships, it counted as part of the overall scoring for the event.
"It was like sailing ten races in one, today,"
said Ken READ (Newport), who is serving as tactician aboard Makoto Uematsu's (Tokyo, Japan) brand-new TP52 Esmeralda. "One boat would get way ahead, then the whole fleet caught up and then it would happen again, literally ten times. On the one hand it was amazingly frustrating; on the other, it was spectacular."
Esmeralda currently leads in its five-boat class.
A total of 11 classes are racing, including three IMS classes and a class each for PHRF, NYYC Cruising Rule (non-spinnaker), 12 Metre, Classic, TP52, J/105, Farr 40 and Mumm 30.
The Farr 40 and Mumm 30 classes sailed two races prior to the Around the Island race. "I have to admit, the wind made for shocking first beats in our first two races,"
said Terry HUTCHINSON (Annapolis, Md.), tactician aboard Jim RICHARDSON'S (Newport, R.I./Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad. "I was indecisive about where to go, because I was thinking too much about current and not enough about the wind. Jim did a great job of sailing us back into the fleet and the crew did a spectacular job at mark roundings."
Barking Mad finished third overall with a scoreline of 4-4-3 for 11 points, while Phishfood, owned by Alexis MICHAS (New York, N.Y.), leads with a 2-3-4 for nine.
The Rolex Cup
The crystal Rolex Cup was reserved for the top two-boat team representing any participating yacht club in the Around the Island race. The winning team represented Indian HarborYacht Club and was comprised of John WAYT'S (Jamestown, R.I.) Vixen, a Swan 44 which finished sixth in PHRF class and Martin JACOBSON'S (Greenwich, Conn.) Crescendo, a Swan 44, which won in IMS Cruiser/Racer Class 4.
The Annual Regatta continues Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, with 120 boats signed up to compete. It is part of the biennial Onion Patch Series, which also includes the Newport-Bermuda Race, starting June 18, and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club's Anniversary Regatta, starting June 25.
Results - Day 1
IMS Class 0 (10 boats)
Better Than, Rojek, New York, N.Y, 1, .75
Goombay Smash, William Douglass, Stamford, Conn., 2, 2
Picante, Robert Salk, Jamestown, R.I., 3, 3
12 Metre Class 2 (4 boats)
1. Hissar, Edgar Cato, Miami, Fla., 1, .75
2. Columbia, Alain Hanover, Newport, R.I., 2, 2
3.American Eagle, Anthony Chaiurco, Princeton, N.J., 3, 3
IMS Cruiser/Racer Class 3 (11 boats)
Temptress, Richard Shulman, Providence, R.I., 1, .75
Sforzando, Blair Brown, Newton, Mass., 2, 2
Wanderer, William Cushman, Reading Ridge, Conn., 3, 3
IMS Cruiser/Racer Class 4 (10 boats)
Crescendo, Martin Jacobson, Greenwich, Conn., 1, .75
Lively Lady, William Hubbard, New York, N.Y., 2, 2
T-Squared, Charles Townsend, New York, N.Y., 3, 3
PHRF Class 5 (19 boats)
Angelita, Samuel Croll, Rye, N.Y., 1, .75
Karjala, Michael Bruno, Jr., Armonk, N.Y., 2, 2
Mischief, David Schwartz, Smithfield, R.I., 3, 3
J/105 Class 6 (6 boats)
1. Indefatigable, Philip Lotz, New Canaan, Conn., 1, .75
2. If Only, Ed Sisk, Middletown, R.I., 2, 2
3. Casey, John Taylor, N. Palm Beach, Fla., 3, 3
NYYC Cruising Class 7 (5 boats)
1. Runaway, Glenn, 1, .75
2. Flying Cloud, Gordon McNabb, Dover, Mass., 2, 2
3. Penache, Mark Shakley, New York, N.Y., 3, 3
Classics Class 8 (9 boats)
1. Fortune, Don Glassie, Newport, R.I., 1, .75
2. Cara Mia, Alfred Slanetz, Cohasset, Mass., 2, 2
3. Totem, Christoph Mueseler, Portsmouth, R.I., 3, 3
TP52 (5 boats)
1. Esmeralda, Makoto Uematsu, Tokyo, Japan, 1, .75
2. Sjambok, Michael Brennan, Potomac, Md., 2, 2
3. Lightwave, David Ford, Waban, Mass., 3, 3
Farr 40 (11 boats)
1. Phishfood, Alexis Michas, New York, N.Y., 2-3-4, 9
2. Virago, Stuart/Margwen Townsend, Chicago, Ill., 3-5-2, 10
3. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Newport, R.I./Boston, Mass., 4-4-3, 11
Mumm 30 (8 boats)
1. Foreign Affair, Richard Perini, Sydney, Aus., 3-2-1, 5.75
2. Teambold, Nelson Stevenson, Southport, Conn., 1-1-8, 9.5
3. Turbo Duck, von der Wense, Annapolis, Md., 2-3-5, 10