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NYYC Annual Regatta Recap

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By Buttons Padin 

Pictures by: Daniel Forster

Northeast Sailing Season Now In High Gear

With the conclusion of the NYYC 170th Annual Regatta (June 14-16) and the coming start of the Newport to Bermuda Race (June 21), the northeast’s sailboat racing season is in full swing.

At “The Annual,” 150 boats ranging from classics to the 52 Super Series and everything in between spent three days racing in and around Narraganset Bay. Friday’s Around The Island Race started in a strong southerly (12-20 kts) only to have the wind fade a bit on the back side of Jamestown. Coming around the top of the island again and back on the wind, the pressure was back for an exciting finish to the 18 nm race.

Saturday’s conditions, however, were strikingly different. The divisions that went out onto Block Island Sound to sail spent the day drifting around. Only a few of the three circles of classes got a single race. Up the Bay, however, the Classics and some of the PHRF classes sailed two navigator races in fairly steady breezes.

Because of the lack of sailing on Saturday, Sunday’s first warnings were moved up from 1100 to 1000 resulting in some very early boat calls. The sea breeze took care of the boats sailing outside while the inside courses sailed an early race in the remaining northerly only to have an extended postponement waiting for the sea breeze to reach north of the Pell Bridge. In the end, it was a pretty glorious day of spring sailing for all.

Of note, there were numerous McMichael customers racing as well as a strong showing of various J Boats, Dehlers, and many MJMs serving as Race Committee boats or spectating.

Full results here. 

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