Thursday, July 18, 2019

Awesome Fireworks @ Sail Newport Regatta

J/70s sailing off Newport (Newport, RI)- Sail Newport hosted their annual Newport Regatta over the Independence Day Celebration weekend (USA) for a wide variety of one-design dinghy and keelboat classes. Featured amongst them were fleets of J/70s and J/109s; both deeply laden with world-class talent.

The ten-boat J/70 class saw the current J/70 World Champion- Jud Smith’s AFRICA- start off by winning the first race and never looked to be too stressed to win the regatta.  After compiling a 1-2-3-1-1, the AFRICA teamed headed for home and won by a comfortable six point margin. Sailing a solid series as well was John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES, keep it close and honest for the AFRICA team on the first day with a 3-1-4, but closing with a 5-6-1 to take the silver.  Rounding out the podium was Glenn Darden’s HOSS with a 5-6-1-7-3-2 tally for 17 pts.

The J/109s had incredibly close racing, tighter racing than what the scores suggest. Winning was John Greifzu’s GROWTH SPURT with a 2-1-3-1-3-1 scoreline for 11 pts. Bill Kneller’s VENTO SOLARE took the silver with a 3-2-2-2-4-2 record for 15 pts.  And, just one point back was Ted Herlihy’s GUT FEELING with a 1-5-1-5-1-3, which included a DSQ and DNS!  For more Sail Newport Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.