This past weekend marked the second Candy Store Cup to be held in Newport, USA since 1997 and the turn out and sailing conditions did not disappoint. With three divisions and 12 boats participating, the competitors had two days of ideal Newport conditions.
Tony Rey of Doyle Sails Newport competed on board the 33.3 metre sloop Nakupenda designed by Ted Fontaine and built by Danish Yachts.
Nakupenda and the team won their class. In fact, with three classes racing overall, two out of the three were won by Doyle customers.
"This has been a great year for the Candy Store Cup and because it does include yachts of varying sizes it makes it a great race to add to the superyacht circuit," said Rey. "Additionally, an event like this also provides a great opportunity to expand our presence in the superyacht market."
The Candy Store Cup has its roots in the heyday of the America's Cup in Newport, when throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s much of the sailing and social activity occurred around Bannister's Wharf on the Newport waterfront. The America's Cup and the sailing industry influenced the atmosphere of the pubs and restaurants around Bannister's Wharf - specifically the Clarke Cooke House and the adjacent Candy Store, a favorite establishment for sailors.
While the Candy Store Cup was last sailed in IORs before 1997, Charlie Dana of the Newport Shipyard said "when the Candy Store Cup first merged into a superyacht race in 2017 we did it in the spirit of “reviving what was great about the early days of the Bucket events and the Candy Store Cup". The Bucket events also have a colorful past and were started in Nantucket and founded by Nelson Doubleday, publisher of Doubleday Books and owner of the New York Mets baseball team. The Bucket tradition originated for boats that are too big to race in fleets or traditional regattas. In 2017 and 2019, the event was held at the Newport Shipyard.
"Nakupenda has a very simple inventory of Doyle sails that were new in 2018 including a genoa, mainsail, staysail and spinnaker. Doyle purposely designed the sails to work as efficiently as possible while the crew works to make it safe and fun. And, it really was a lot of fun. We had two days of beautiful racing and on Saturday in particular, it was quite fast sailing in ideal Newport conditions. It is a great pleasure to race big boats safely and if you are getting a victory that makes it more unique."
Doyle Sails works directly with rigger and mast designers to integrate the safety and efficiency of racing. In fact, Nakupenda has a brand new rolling boom and it is far more efficient for day sailing and racing. The spinnakers are designed so that teams can hoist the sail up the mast before it fills with wind, which is crucial for such a big sails. "We spend a lot of time on board choreographing our moves as a team, and always focus on both safety while making the racing fun."
Nakupenda is based in Newport in the summer and in the winter the owner and his family enjoy cruising in Antigua and St. Barths. "We really built all purpose sails for an all purpose boat,” Rey noted.
The Candy Store Cup race course was set up as a pursuit race using a system where starting times, and being as close as possible to the line when the gun goes off, added a coveted advantage to the team. The process was called “starting prowess” and it made for more intensity and competition among the teams at the start. “There is some complexity to get the timing right,” Rey said.
The racing was close in all three fleets and offered spectators along Bellevue Avenue a great look at the yachts as they sailed past the breakers.
At the end of two days, Doyle-powered yachts had excellent results. In Class B, Nakupenda took first and in Class C, Delta House took first and Acadia 3rd place.