Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta biggest ever + Preview Video

by Barby MacGowan on 7 Jun 2012
Bella Mente the Mini Maxi of Hap Fauth - 2010 New York Yacht Club’s 156th Annual Regatta NYYC/Dan Nerney
Entries are closed for America’s oldest regatta, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) 158th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. The event has been officially declared the biggest ever with 133 boats entered in weekend racing, scheduled for June 9 and 10.

104 have boats signed up for an optional and separately scored 19-mile Around the (Conanicut) Island Race on Friday, June 8. (All but 13 of the latter entries will sail in both events, making the count 146 unique entries for the combined events, which surpasses the 2011 record total of 141.)

Since 1845, the tradition of the Annual Regatta, first hosted at the New York Yacht Club’s original clubhouse in Hoboken, N.J., has been interrupted only by war, and this year, over a century and a half later, the regatta, headquartered at NYYC’s on-the-water clubhouse Harbour Court in Newport, R.I., shows no signs of slowing down, especially as it is a tune-up in even-numbered years, as this is, for the June Newport Bermuda Race and part of the venerable Onion Patch Series (consisting of Annual Regatta weekend racing, the Newport Bermuda Race, and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta, once boats get to Bermuda).

'Competing in the Annual Regatta and the Onion Patch series is important to us because there is so much history to it all,' said Stephen Murray Jr. (New Orleans, La.), who last sailed the Annual Regatta in 2006 with his TP 52 Decision and this year is bringing the much talked about first-of-three recently announced launches in the new Carkeek 40 line. 'The last significant big-boat campaign out of my own Southern Yacht Club was Acadia in the 1980s. It was a German Frers 51 ‘back in the day’ when IOR was king, and the boat had a great pedigree as a winner of the SORC and Onion Patch Series. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve looked at pictures of Acadia on the walls of our club, and when we started racing grand prix, a lot of comparisons started to be made between that boat and our Decision campaigns, so we decided to try to replicate, as best we could, Acadia’s competitive endeavors and victories.'

The Decision team, which considers itself 'still teething' since taking delivery of the Carkeek 40 in March, started with some spring regattas in the Caribbean before taking victory in the Regatta Al Sol 'warm weather Bermuda Race' from Pensacola, Fla. to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

And while perfecting distance racing is part of the master plan, supporting a new High Performance Rule (HPR) for IRC boats in the 40-foot range is perhaps a higher priority for Murray, who hopes to see Decision and its classmates regularly dual-scored with HPR and IRC in the near future. 'We have the momentum now for a 40-foot class to congeal quickly, coming together like the TP 52s did.

The HPR has an age factor built in so older boats built to IRC can be brought in to race with us.' Making its debut at Annual Regatta is Hap Fauth’s (Minneapolis, Minn.) newly built Judel-Vrolijk 72’ mini maxi Bella Mente, which has been practicing in local waters since it launched from New England Boatworks in April.

Fauth, who received the 2011 Mosbacher Trophy as the NYYC Yachtsman of the Year, says the boat is very different and more powerful than his last Bella Mente, also a mini maxi that set a new record in the 2011 Transpac Race. 'It has an extended beam forward, is deeper, with more draft, and a bigger rig, so there’s more sail area,' said Fauth, 'but do we have a speed demon? I really don’t know, because we haven’t lined up with anybody yet. If we were to get graded on homework, we’d get an ‘A’ for sure, but homework doesn’t necessarily correlate to results immediately.'

Fauth added that with the designer and builder having met all his expectations, he is hopeful to have a boat that’s competitive across all conditions, 'and if we sail well, we’ll have the opportunity to do well.' He depends on a veteran international crew that includes its fair share of Newport sailors and plans to next sail the Newport to Bermuda Race, then move on overseas to the Copa del Rey, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Mini Maxi World Championship, the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

'This will be very good training, to go out and go through the paces, and see what we’ve got set up…our spinnaker take-down system, see if that’s correct or not…and so on,' said Fauth.'We’ve won Bermuda on the original Bella Mente, and then Transpac, but I’ve never sailed the Fastnet or Sydney Hobart. Those are the ‘man-beater’ races that are on my bucket list, so I’m going after them with a vengeance. For those, you have to have the machinery and the heart to do them, and if you have both of those and a reasonable plan, you are in the game.'

Bella Mente is among the largest boats in the Annual Regatta fleet, which also includes George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) RP 90 Rambler and George Sakellaris’s (Framingham, Mass.) 72’ mini maxi Shockwave, which claimed a podium finish of third last year. Among the standout skippers competing on more than 20 J boats entered in IRC are David Murphy (Westport, Conn.), the USA’s only RC 44 circuit skipper, taking the helm of his J/122 Pugwash; past J/122 North American champion Mike Bruno (Irvington, N.Y.) on his J/122 Wings; past J/109 North American champions Rick Lyall (Annapolis, Md.) and Bill Sweetser (Wilton, Conn.) on the J/109s Rush and Storm, respectively, and Henry Brauer/Stew Neff (Marblehead, Mass.), current J/105 champions sailing the J/111 Fleetwing. Returning to defend their 2011 Annual Regatta class titles are David and Sandra Askew (Annapolis, Md.), sailing the IRC 52 Flying Jenny; Rives Potts (Westbrook, Conn.) aboard his IRC entry, the custom 48 Carina; Ben Hall and Bill Berges (Tiverton, R.I.) on their PHRF winner, the Evelyn 32 Bluto; Kenneth Colburn (Dover, Mass) in the NYYC Swan 42 class with Apparition; Michael McCaffrey (Newport) in the Herreshoff S class with Osprey; Dennis Williams (Hobe Sound, Fla.) in the 12 Metre class with Victory 83; and classic yacht skippers Joseph Dockery (Newport) with his custom S&S 53 Sonny, Samuel Croll (Greenwich, Conn.) with his 8 Metre Angelita, and Joe Loughborough with his Luders 24 Belle.

Racing for the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex takes place on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound for all classes, with a PHRF Navigator Class -- for those who prefer a classic government buoy course to the more prevalent short-course racing on Saturday and Sunday -- having the option of racing either one or both of the weekend days. Live music, refreshments and daily prizes greet the sailors as they come ashore after racing each day to the rolling lawn at NYYC’s Harbour Court clubhouse.



New York Yacht Club’s website

Results, photos, and nightly videos produced by T2p.tv, will be available online after each day of racing.
Zhik Dinghy 660x82Naiad/Oracle SupplierT Clewring One Design

Related Articles

Governor's Cup – Tough fight on Day 3
Racing began at noon with lighter winds and warmer weather with temperatures in the high 80’s. 2016 Governor's Cup - Racing began at noon with lighter winds and warmer weather with temperatures in the high 80’s. As the day went on, there were big swells. There was a warning that life guards were tracking a ten foot Great White Shark in the vicinity of the weather mark. However, it was not seen again throughout the day.
Posted today at 5:34 am
Teams gather for Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Sunday sees the start of racing at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, where eight teams will be competing 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Sunday sees the start of racing at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, where eight teams will be competing in this the 13th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for three boat teams with Corinthian crews.
Posted today at 5:02 am
Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Gonzalo Botin (Tales II) takes Class40 win
Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Gonzalo Botin (Tales II) takes the Class40 win in Saint-Malo While it started on July 10 resembling a friendly Sunday regatta on the St. Lawrence River, the fleet racing in close contact, this ninth edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo presented in collaboration with the City of Lévis is drawing to a more dramatic close today as competition in the lead-up to the finish line remains fierce after many of the racers spent the night in the English Channel
Posted today at 4:33 am
One day left to decide medal winners at ORC World Championship 2016
The high pressure system that has brought warm sunny conditions to Denmark this week did the same again today The high pressure system that has brought warm sunny conditions to Denmark this week did the same again today, but this time so effectively that it was doubtful any wind would be sufficiently strong and stable enough to race.
Posted on 22 Jul
LV America's Cup World Series – Pushing for speed in Portsmouth
Oracle Team USA finished practice on Friday looking to find more speed before racing starts to count on the weekend. Oracle Team USA finished official practice in Portsmouth on Friday looking to find more speed before racing starts to count on the weekend. It was a day of mixed results on a practice day that had skipper Jimmy Spithill wanting more when he pushed the pedal down.
Posted on 22 Jul
Entries now open for Transpac Los Angeles-Honolulu Race 2017
This iconic ocean racing will have its first race start for the Aloha class of heavy traditional cruising-type yachts The Transpacific YC is pleased to announce the entry process is open and the Notice of Race published for the 49th edition of next year's race.
Posted on 22 Jul
52 Super Series – Making the last day count
Consistency across the first racing days is a crucial component of winning on the highly charged, evenly matched series Consistency across the first racing days is a fundamental component of winning on the highly charged, very evenly matched series, but this season has seen several different teams blow their chances of a podium finish with a miserable finale. It seems that delivering solid results amidst the pressure cooker environment of the last races is telling.
Posted on 22 Jul
Who can replace the Vendée Globe skippers?
What happens if one of the candidates for the upcoming event injures himself or falls ill prior to the start? What happens if one of the candidates for the upcoming event injures himself or falls ill prior to the start, to the extent that his participation in the event proves impossible? Such a scenario has never come up before, though the procedure in such an eventuality is set out in the Sailing Instructions. Explanations from Guillaume Evrard, Assistant Race Director.
Posted on 22 Jul
Vendée Globe – The round-up on the qualifications - 28 out of 30
Some 107 days before the start, 28 sailors have satisfied marine obligations and qualified for the Everest of the Seas. Two more skippers have this week completed their qualification: Nandor Fa, who has covered considerably more than the 1,500 nautical miles he was required to sail. Next up, Stéphane Le Diraison, who is about to cross the finish line of the Transat Quebec-Saint Malo this Friday.
Posted on 22 Jul
A tricky end to a fast Transat Québec Saint-Malo
The tropical conditions of the Channel have exposed the fleet to variable and light winds, forcing the boats to condense After the thousands of fast miles raced across the North Atlantic with a hefty fleet spread of over 1000nm the boats have entered the English Channel and are currently facing quite a different story. The somewhat tropical conditions of the Channel have exposed the fleet to variable and light winds, forcing the boats to condense, stop, and set anchor to avoid drifting backwards.
Posted on 22 Jul