Please select your home edition
Edition
Hella Dual Colour Floodlights - Top 728 x 90px - 1 jpg

Prize-giving draws 52nd Newport Bermuda Race to a close

by John Burnham 27 Jun 17:43 PDT June 25, 2022

The 52nd Newport Bermuda Race drew to a close Saturday night with the Prize-Giving ceremony, held at Government House, starting in rain and ending with the glow of a setting sun.

At the outset, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Craig Davis asked the assembled guests to observe a one-minute silence to acknowledge and reflect on the passing of Morgan of Marietta's owner, Colin Golder during the race.

More than 100 awards were presented for top finishes in each of 19 classes, and for numerous other superlatives, such as overall fastest and slowest elapsed times, youth teams, family crews, and club and service-academy teams. Then, at the very end, came the race's trademark sterling-silver St. David's and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse trophies, which are "keeper" awards for the winners.

Her Excellency, the Governor of Bermuda, Ms. Rena Lalgie, hosted the ceremony, welcoming hundreds of guests and multi-generational sailors who came forward to receive prizes from the Governor and Craig Davis, Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and Chris Otorowski, Commodore of the Cruising Club of America. Stephen Kempe, the RBYC Honorary Secretary, served as master of ceremonies, presenting the entire nine-page prize list. The race is co-hosted by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

The coveted St. David's Lighthouse Trophy, a silver and gold replica of the lighthouse awarded since 1954 to the winner of the largest division (108 boats this year), was presented to Sally and Stan Honey (Palo Alto, California), for the performance of their 56-year-old Cal 40 Illusion. With a crew including Carl Buchan (Seattle, Wash.), Don Jesberg (Belvedere, Calif.) and Jonathan "Bird" Livingston (Richmond, Calif.), Illusion posted the fastest corrected time in the division in the past 20 years, and its 1h:58m:04s margin ahead of Andrew Clark's (Greenwich, Connecticut) second-place J/122 Zig Zag is the third largest in the same time frame.

The Illusion crew made repeated trips to the stage during the ceremony, earning half a dozen other prizes for the largest margin of victory in class, the top-performing vintage yacht, the fastest yacht from the Pacific Coast, and more.

The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy, a silver replica of Bermuda's tallest lighthouse awarded regularly since 2002, was presented to Christopher Sheehan (Larchmont, New York) and his Pac52 Warrior Won for victory in the higher-performance, professionally crewed Gibbs Hill Division (18 boats). Sheehan enters the record book as the first owner to win both the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and St. David's Lighthouse trophies. In 2016, he won the latter with his Xp44, also called Warrior Won.

"It's very humbling," said Sheehan, who last year won the Transpac Race and, last February, the Caribbean 600. "There are so many wonderful records and legendary sailors in this race."

The Bjorn R. Johnson Castle Hill Trophy for the corrected-time winner in the Multihull Division was awarded to Jason Carroll (New York City), whose MOD70 Argo set a new course record of 33 hours (19.24-knot average) and became the first Saturday finisher in the 116-year history of the race. The trophy was newly minted in 2018 when multihulls were invited to compete in the race for the first time, and Carroll won it that year as well in Elvis, his Gunboat 62 catamaran.

The Finisterre Division Trophy was awarded to octogenarian Dudley Johnson (New York City), who triumphed over 39 other boats with his high-performance cruiser Prevail, a Tripp 65. Reflecting on the wait for this race forced by Covid Darris Witham, skipper of Prevail, said, "The boat has the right name. The race is a liquid Everest, and it had to be climbed. Dudley had done the race once before, and he really loved it and wanted to do it one more time."

The Double-Handed Division trophies, the Moxie Prize and Philip S Weld Prize, went to 20-year-old Zachary Doerr (Butler, Pennsylvania), a Webb Institute undergraduate, and 53-year-old Vlad Shablinsky (Glen Cove, New York), sailing together on the Figaro Custom 2 Groupe 5 in Class 6.

"We were hesitant to believe we were doing too well, so we pushed all the way through to the end," said Doerr. "The only time I got excited was when we finished in Bermuda and got cell service; the first text that popped up was from my parents, saying, 'You guys are almost definitely going to be first.' The whole experience feels kind of surreal being on the island now—a week ago I was taking finals."

The William L. Glenn Family Participation Prize, for the top team with four or more family members aboard including an afterguard member (see requirements), was won by Brian Bush (North Chatham, Massachusetts) on Toujours, which also won Class 7 in the Finisterre Division.

The Corinthian Trophy for the top-finishing all amateur crew went to Froya, a McCurdy and Rhodes 46 co-skippered by Lane Tobin (Seattle) and Bill Gunther (Essex, Connecticut). Froya finished second in Class 11.

Wasp, a US Naval Academy boat skippered by John Neubauer (Annapolis, Maryland), won the Stephens Brothers Youth Trophy. The award is for the top boat in the St. David's Lighthouse and Finisterre divisions crewed by sailors more than half of whom are between the age of 14 and 23, inclusive (see requirements). Wasp, a J/133, also won the Battle of the Atlantic Trophy with the third best corrected time among boats from service academies in the St. David's Lighthouse Division.

The George W. Mixter Trophy is awarded to the winning navigators in the St. David's Lighthouse and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse divisions, and this year the trophies went to California sailors Stan Honey of Illusion and Chris Lewis of Warrior Won. "This is really special to me," said Lewis. "We're both members of the St. Francis Yacht Club, and Stan has been my mentor for many years."

As the rain clouds dispersed and the sun set on the 52nd "Thrash to the Onion Patch," sailors lingered at Government House, enjoying the end of an extraordinary event. The start of the 53rd race will be on June 21, 2024.

See prize list of all winners

Related Articles

Bermuda and back
Sun Fast 3300 again proving itself on the ocean Team Alchemist sailed first in the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race with a crew of four—Darren and Glenn Walters, Ryan Novak-Smith and James Harayda. Posted on 30 Jun
J/Teams garner silverware in record twelve classes
193 boats from 23 countries were anticipating a challenging start This year's Newport Bermuda Race was the 52nd running of the biennial offshore race and the first since 2018 when the 2020 event was canceled due to that pandemic thing. Posted on 25 Jun
US Sailing inquiry to report on overboard incident
After the tragic loss of Colin Golder on Sunday in the Newport Bermuda Race Since the tragic loss of Colin Golder on Sunday and our statement that evening, the ensign at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has flown at half mast and been solemnly observed by members and visiting sailors at colours each evening. Posted on 24 Jun
Bermuda Race winners
Yesterday's provisional divisional leaders have all been confirmed as the winners Overnight, the great majority of the 186-boat fleet arrived in Bermuda and yesterday's provisional divisional leaders have all been confirmed as the winners in the 52nd running of the Newport Bermuda Race. Posted on 22 Jun
Warrior Won & Callisto duel to finish in Bermuda
Provisional leaders of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and St. David's Lighthouse divisions A pair of Pac52 class boats, Christopher Sheehan's Warrior Won and Jim Murray's Callisto, renewed a lively rivalry in a race to the finish of 52nd Newport Bermuda Race last night. Posted on 20 Jun
Sailor dies in Newport Bermuda Race
Captain of yacht Morgan of Marietta loses life after going overboard We regret to report that our Fleet Communications Office for the 52nd Bermuda Race received a report of a crew overboard on the racecourse this afternoon. Posted on 20 Jun
Argo had a rough Bermuda Race record run
"The whole crew is wiped out. We're tired." Small jibs and reefed mainsail were sails of choice for both Jason Carroll's MOD 70 Argo and second-place finisher Malama from 11th Hour Racing. Posted on 19 Jun
Argo sets new Newport Bermuda Race record
MOD70 trimaran is the first Saturday finisher in history of storied race Jason Carroll (New York City) and the crew of the MOD70 Argo outran every elapsed-time record associated with the Newport Bermuda Race when they completed the 52nd edition Saturday night at 2320:09 (ADT). Posted on 19 Jun
Argo on Record Pace in 52nd Newport Bermuda Race
Carroll and crew aim to be first-ever Saturday finishers in legendary race At 1130 hours this morning, Jason Carroll's MOD70 Argo was setting a blistering pace in the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race. The foil-assisted trimaran was making 18 knots on a heading due southeast just to the west of the rhumbline. Posted on 18 Jun
52nd Newport Bermuda starts in blustery conditions
From a ripping ebb tide to thunder squalls, today's start had a bit of everything At approximately 1642 hours this afternoon, Christopher Stanmore-Major's Gran Mistral 80 Osprey entered the course of the Newport Bermuda Race and drew to a close one of the most unusual starts to the race in recent memory. Posted on 18 Jun
Hyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTER