This weekend, the iconic New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta took place for the 169th edition, a club not short on sailing history—fleets from Sheilds to Maxi 72’s joined the racing for the 3-day event.
The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta was first run on July 17, 1845, on the Hudson River. The race was run in or near New York City until 1988 when the purchase of Harbour Court in Newport, R.I., gave the Club a waterfront clubhouse from which to run all its regattas. The current format, featuring a round-the-island race on Friday and two days of buoy or navigator-course racing has been in place for over a decade.
Hap Fauth’s Doyle-powered Bella Mente took out the Round the Island Race for the ORC-A division and in the ORC-B division it was Interlodge IV owned by Gwen and Austin Fragomen who managed to take the win from Jim Maddens’s Stark Raving Mad IX.
NYYC Commodore Paul Zabetakis and his Doyle-powered Swan 42 Impetuous claimed second in the ORC-C division. While in the Classic Division Two; Chris Bouzaid’s Doyle-powered Bijou II finished 2nd place.
In the two-day regatta there was Doyle-powered success throughout the fleets with Austin Fragomen’s Custom yawl; Black Watch claiming second place in the Classics 1 Divison, while the Fragoments Botin 44 “Interlodge IV” claimed second in the ORC-B division after a straight set of second places.
Stark Raving Mad IX, rounded out the podium for the ORC-B with 3rd place.
Chris Bouzaid and his crew won the Division 1 Classics after a closely fought battle and again Bella Mente took home a string of bullets and the overall win for the ORC-A division.
Paul Koch raced his Camden Class knockabout “Ponyo” in the PHRF non-spinnaker division, successfully winning all races.
Katahdin, Trevor W. Nelson’s Farr 40 team claimed 3rd overall in the largest division, PHRF 2, the Doyle-powered team nabbed the regatta opening win in race 1 and only 1 point behind first.
Doyle Sails New Zealand customer Howard Spencer and his team travelled to Rhode Island to claim the Round the Island Race win for a second year and take home the double with the NYYC Annual Regatta win in the IC37 One Design Class.
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