History

Race History Through the Decades

The Annapolis to Newport race is one of the most historic and well-known of the US East Coast blue water races. Linking two seaports dating from our nation's birth, Annapolis and Newport, the race provides a contrast between the country's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Such a challenge is the Chesapeake, that the 1997-1998 Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy added it to the course, as did the Volvo Ocean Race in 2002 and 2006.

The course heads south for 120 miles from Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, then east to the Chesapeake Light and hence northeast to Newport. After navigating the shallows and currents of the Bay, navigators have to decide if they want to sail the rumbline to Newport, go in towards the shore, or head further into the Ocean. In 2017, Stephen Murray Jr.'s Warrior, a modified Volvo 70, broke the old course record by over 2 hours, finishing the race in 40 hours, 14 minutes, 36 seconds. The previous record time for the race was held by Carrera, Joseph Dockery's Farr 60 skippered by Chris Larson, which set the course record in 2001 of 42 hours, 58 minutes, 12 seconds. This broke the prior record set by Chessie Racing, George Collins' Santa Cruz 70, in 1999 at 47 hours and 45 minutes, which in turn had beaten the 12 year old record (53 hours and 31 minutes) of Starlight Express, a ULDB 70.

 

1947 Newport-Annapolis Race (36 Entries)

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Light winds and smooth water prevailed during this inaugural race with the entries described "as fine a fleet of ocean racing yachts as could be gathered together". Most of the 36 boats in the fleet never had their deck wet during the race. The fleet had a light spinnaker run on the ocean and then a beat to the Chesapeake Light. Foul tides, once at the mouth of the Bay, kept the leading boats from making way over the ground for several hours, making it impossible for the small boats to not lose their time allowances.

 

Charles Dell, a future Commodore of AYC, had seen another entrant, Theodore Grosvenor’s Ballymena drifting with her mizzen over the side and the rest of her rig in a mess, the result of an entanglement with fish traps along the Virginia coast. Dell stood by for 12 hours until Ballymena got under way with a jury rig. Gaetina II was not awarded any compensatory time for this act - but did receive a magnum of champagne. The three other boats that did not finish suffered from sick crew and discouragement due to the light wind.

Taking part in the race were Gesture, the winner of the 1946 Bermuda race, Alar (overall winner), a NY 32, winner of the Block Island and New York to Nantucket races, Burma (formerly Tioga Too), winner of the Marblehead-Halifax Race in 1939, and Ticonderoga, a 71’ yawl, scratch boat of the fleet. The first to finish was Baruna in 88 hours and 14 minutes. Article from Rudder Magazine. Article from The Baltimore Sun

Class A

1. Burma - Frank Bissell

2. Gesture - A. Fuller

3. Nina - DeCoursey Fales

4. Baruna - Henry Taylor

5. Hostess II - Kenneth Stanford

6. Highland Light - USNA

7. Ticonderoga - Allan Carlisle

8. Vamarie - USNA

9. Memory - Walter Bowes

Class B

1. Alar - David Bailey

2. Revonoc - Harvey Conover

3. Suluan - Harold White, Jr.

4. White Mist - G. White

5. Tomahawk - Paul Hyatt

6. Dryad - Leonard Young

7. Alcyone - Ralph Case

8. Carina - Richard Nye

9. Lord Jim - James O'Neill

10. Resolute - USNA

11. Lucky Star - Richard Hill

12. Chee Chee IV - Philip Handelman

13. Malabar XIII - Morgan Butler

14. Steel Sylph - Arther Tickle, Jr.

15. Voyager - Edward Waldogel

16. Flirt - L. Bonner

17. Alert - USNA

18. Starlight - Jams Brickell

19. Pussy Willow - Edward Rice

20. Alsumar - Frank Greenman

21. Elda - Paul Patterson

22. Estrella - Frank Fifer

23. Gaetina II - Charles Dell

(DNF) Ballymena - Theodore Grosvenor

(DNF) Katinka - Adm. W. Ainsworth

(DNF) Homaro - A. Gray

(DNF) Gaffer - Millard Smith

Alar, Overall winner 1947

A Note on the 1947 Newport-Annapolis Race and the Wishbone Ketch Vamarie

by Capt. Richards T. Miller, USN [Ret]

Vamarie was designed by the New York firm of naval architects, Cox & Stevens, and built by Abeking & Rassmussen of Bremen, Germany in 1933, for Vadim Makaroff. She had an overall length of 72 feet, a waterline length of 54 feet, a beam of 15 feet - 3 inches, a draft of 10 feet - 4 inches and displaced 46 tons. Her 2,300 square feet of sail area was arranged in a unique wishbone or staysail ketch plan. She crossed the finish line first in her first nine ocean races, including the 1936 Bermuda Race (of which she won four) and placed second in the 1935 Trans- Atlantic Race from Newport to Bergen, Norway on corrected time. Her owner offered her to the Naval Academy in October 1936, and she was formally presented at a dress parade on November 1, 1936.

In 1947, I was a crew member aboard Vamarie in the Newport to Annapolis race and Lt. Cdr. A. E. Troonin, USNR, was the skipper. He had been the Makaroff's professional captain before they donated Vamarie to the Naval Academy. Since Vamarie had no auxiliary engine, we departed Annapolis under tow by the destroyer Power, which was to take us through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and down Delaware Bay to the Atlantic. The Delaware Bay demonstrated its bad environment with a brisk southerly wind working against an ebb tide to produce a nasty chop. Power charged off at some 10 knots or more, giving us a hard time at the end of the tow line; so, in the late evening we signaled to have the tow dropped and spent the rest of the night beating out of the Bay under sail.

The following day gave us beautiful June weather with a brisk wind out of the north-west, a brilliant blue sky accented with puffy white fair weather clouds, and pleasant temperature. As we sailed up the Jersey coast on a broad reach, we listened to a radio in the cockpit tuned to an Atlantic City station playing the great dance times of the period. All sails were set and drawing well with perhaps a shake here and a shimmy there. Alex Troonin looked around, and in his pronounced Russian accent said, "Fell poys, dis is yachting! Coming back we vork!"; and so we did, he harder than any of us, as he constantly checked the sails and adjusted their setting to keep Vam moving to best advantage.

We arrived in Newport the following day, where we had a couple of days before the Race started off Brenton Reef Lightship on another beautiful June mid-day. Contrary to weather patterns experienced in subsequent races, we had light and variable air down the Atlantic coast so that the race seemed to start anew during the late afternoon of the third day, when the leaders congregated off the Chesapeake Lightship, and we waited for a strong southerly wind that came in from thunder squalls over Virginia. The fleet took off under spinnakers which we carried until midnight. Then, as the wind hauled more to the west, we took in our spinnaker and set a genoa jib. Vam continued at hull speed, close to 10 knots, through the early morning hours. We sailed into Annapolis around 0700 the forth day out of Newport, finishing eighth in Class A on corrected time. It had been a great experience, with a memorable sail that last night.

On 15 October 1954, when Hurricane Hazel roared over Annapolis, a worn link in Vamarie's mooring chain parted, and she ended up a total wreck on the Naval Academy seawall.

Vamarie

1949 Newport-Annapolis Race (40 Entries)

The 1947 winners, competing in a fleet of 40 boats, successfully defended their several trophies. Alar, a NY 32, again won in both Class B and fleet. Frank Bissell’s yawl, Burma, again took first place in Class A, and Henry Taylor’s yawl, Baruna, once more was first to finish.

For most of the fleet, this was a slow race. The first-to-finish time was 87 hours, and 23 of the 40 boat fleet took more that four days to sail the 366 miles. The race was run during a period of breathless heat and light variable air. For the first two days, it was difficult even to develop steerageway. The calm continued for the trip up the Bay.

Class A

1. Burma - Frank Bissell

2. Argyll - William Moore

3. Gesture - A. Fuller

4. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

5. Baruna - Henry Taylor

6. Highland Light - USNA

7. Djinn - Henry S. Morgan

8. Bounding Home - William Ziegler Jr.

9. Doris III - Harold Lane

10. Caribbee - Carleton Mitchell

11. Thais - R.E. Jr. & Warren Ladue

12. Belisarius - C.B. Rockwell

Class B

1. Alar - David Bailey

2. Egret - C. Porter Schutt

3. Katuna - Gilbert Verney

4. Spookie - William Ziegler III

5. Hother - Jakob Isbrandtsen

6. Carina - Richard Nye

7. Infanta - Houlder Hudgins

8. Elda - D.H. Patterson

9. Merry Maiden - H. Irving Pratt

10. Malabar XIII - Morgan Butler

11. Golden Hind - Dr. G.A. Clowes

12. Crow's Nest - Henry Crowe

Class C

1. Lively - USNA

2. Resolute - USNA

3. Tar Baby - T.J. Watson Jr.

4. Fandango - Norman Owens

5. Vixen - W.M. Butler

6. Loki - Gifford Pinchot

7. Teal - Sylvester Smith Jr.

8. Norderney - USNA

9. Nimrod IV - Robert Hall

10. Narwhal - C.A. Kuehnle Jr.

11. Voyager - E.C. Waldvogel

12. Karin - Jacob Crane

13. Gaetina - Charles Dell

14. Pussy Willow - Edward T. Rice

15. Abenaki - John Alden

16. Marjoly - W. Lyle Holmes Jr.

Burma, Winner Class A, 1949

1951 Newport-Annapolis Race (32 Entries)

In the predawn moonlight of June 21st, the sails of two big yawls, almost side by side, loomed up off Tolley Point. Slowly they fanned across the finish line, with only their big spinnakers pulling them along as the heavy working sails hung limp in the faint southeasterly air. Flares and flash bulb lit up the scene as the Race Committee, aboard the Naval Academy schooner, Freedom, timed Bolero at 4:01:07 am and Baruna just 24 seconds later."

"With a time allowance of some 15 minutes, Henry C. Taylor’s Baruna was the winner of the 466 mile, two-boat duel with John Nicholas Brown’s Bolero, which was the highlight of an otherwise slow and featureless race. "

This was Yachting Magazine’s opening coverage of the results of the 3rd running of the Newport to Annapolis race. It was another six hours before the third boat (Highland Light) finished and yet another 24 hours before the winner of Class B, Egret, arrived. The fleet had struggled with light and fluky conditions in the ocean. Highland Light’s log showed that the spinnaker was set for 76 hours out of the 92 hours it took to complete the race. In the Chesapeake conditions were still light and compounded by foul currents. Many boats were becalmed and had to anchor.

Baruna and Bolero had been in sight of each other the whole race and rounded the Chesapeake Lightship together with the next 160 miles one long luffing match. Aboard Highland Light was Commodore Arthur Shuman, who helped Frank Paine design the boat 20 years previously, and who had sailed aboard her when she set the Bermuda course record in 1932, which was still standing in 1951.

Class A

1. Baruna - Henry Taylor

2. Bolero - John Brown

3. Highland Light - USNA

4. Caribbee - Carleton Mitchell

5. Doris - Harold Lane

6. Gesture - Howard Fuller

7. Djinn - Henry Morgan

8. Argyll - William Moore

9. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

10. Nirvana - Harry Haskell Jr.

11. Royono - USNA

12. Vamarie - USNA

13. Bounding Home - W. Ziegler Jr.

14. Nimrod V - Robert Hall

15. Valhalla - Cummins Catherwood

16. Teragram - USCGA

17. Zeearand - Bartram Lippincott

Class B

1. Egret - C. Porter Schutt

2. White Mist - G.W. Blunt White

3. Dirigo - John McAleer

4. Hother - Jakob Isbrandtsen

5. Starlight - James Brickel

(DNF) Carina - Richard Nye

(DNF) Tomahawk - Paul Hyatt

Class C

1. Swift - USNA

2. Teal - Sylvester Smith Jr.

3. Active - USNA

4. Alert - USNA

5. Fearless - USNA

6. Julie - Paul Campbell

7. Lady Babbie II - R.M. Gillespie

8. Libra - Brayton Marvell

Baruna finishing

1953 Newport-Annapolis Race (30 Entries)

Bolero, First to Finish, First in Class, First in Fleet, 1953

Bolero, Commodore John Nicholas Brown’s black Sparkman and Stephens 73’ yawl, scratch boat in the fleet of 30 boats, was first to finish (87½ hours), first in class, and first in fleet on corrected time. Class B was won by William T. Moore’s 57’ S&S designed yawl, Argyll, beating Carleton Mitchell’s Caribbee by nearly 3 hours. Zaida, an Arthur Robb designed sloop from Britain, won Class C, with C. Albert Kuehnle’s Vixen three hours behind her on corrected time. Fun (ex-Manatuck), owned by Tom Closs, rated at the top of Class C and finished there, but dropped to sixth on corrected time.

This was a slow race, on the wind down the coast, with periods of calm around Chesapeake Light. The Chesapeake brought a 35 knot northeaster and a line squall near Fenwick Island Shoal which caused a sprung mast on Doris III and made her withdraw from the race.

Class A

1. Bolero - John Brown

2. Doris - Harold Lane

3. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

4. Cotton Blossom IV - Walter  Wheeler Jr.

5. Windigo - Walter Gubelmann

6. Sea Lion - Gilbert Verney

7. Vamarie - USNA

8. Gulf Steam - Monroe Hemmerdinger

9. Royono - USNA

(DNF) Doris III - Baxter Still Jr.

 Class B

1. Argyll - William Moore

2. Caribbee - Carleton Mitchell

3. Palawan - Thomas Watson  Jr.

4. Egret - C. Schutt

5. Starlight - James Brickell

6. Courageous - J. Herbert-  Bryant

7. Tempo - Robert Rulon-Miller

8. Arion - USCGA

9. Barlovento - Pierre DuPont  III

 (DNF) Sagola - George Hinman

 Class C

1. Zaida - G. Ratsey

2. Vixen - C. Kuehnle

3. Bear - William Jarvis

4. Figaro - William Snaith

5. Teal - Sylvester Smith  Jr.

6. Fun - Thomas Closs

7. Swift - USNA

8. Fearless - USNA

9. Lynx - Henry Wise Jr.

1955 Newport (New London)-Annapolis Race (27 Entries)

"Chaos at Cerberus, embarrassment at Annapolis, and slow sailing in between." This was the capsule description of the 1955 race from Yachting Magazine which was "from a suburb of Block Island to Crabtown-on-the Chesapeake". It seems that a certain bitterness survived after the race due to it being the "slowest of the slow, with the first boat’s (Niña, a 59’ staysail schooner owned by DeCoursey Fales), elapsed time being 92 hours and 20 minutes. The average speed was 4.8 knots. The overall winner in the 27 boat fleet was Actaea, a 40’ sloop in Class C, owned by the Commodore of NYYC.

The start was shifted from Newport to the Ceberus Shoal buoy, midway between New London and Block Island. The current runs swiftly there, and, with no wind at the starting line, the fleet started stern foremost or marooned on the off side of the committee boat. The last boat crossed the starting line 2 hours after the gun.

In Annapolis, there was great controversy over a missed mark in the Chesapeake, which threatened international relations as the protested boat was Criollo from Cuba. The protest was thrown out and international unity was restored.

 Class A

1. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

2. Criollo - Dr. L. Vidana

3. Gesture - A. Fuller

4. Highland Light - USNA

5. Barlovento - P. DuPont

6. Teragram - USCGA

7. Royono - USNA

Class B

1. Palawan - T. Watson, Jr.

2. Chance - James Rider

3. Revery - Luke

4. Swift - USNA

5. Resolute - USNA

6. Renova - C. Dodson

7. Elda - H. Wise Jr.

8. Vigilant - USNA

9. Water Witch - John Rodstrom

10. Celebrity - R. Brown Jr.

(DNF) Princess of Fermanage V. - DeP. Maguire

(DNF) Royono VII - USCGA

(DNF) Frolic - USCGA

Class C

1. Actaea - Henry Sears

2. Prim - M. Gibson-Neff Jr.

3. Corinthia III - G. Thompson

4. Finn MacCumhail - Bobby Coulson

5. Blixtar - Danforth Miller Jr.

6. Bear - William Jarvis

7. Tequila - M.W. Keeler

Nina, First to finish

Actea, Overall Winner

1957 Annapolis-Newport Race (48 Entries)

This was a fast race and was seen as giving a new lease on life to a race that had gone too slowly in the opposite direction (Newport to Annapolis). The race had been regarded as headed for oblivion due to dwindling fleets over the decade from 1947 - 1957.

The race started with a beat down the Bay in 20 - 30 knots, when several yachts dropped out with rigging problems, and one lost her mainmast after rounding the Lightship. It lightened up in the lower Bay, and after the Lightship, the race was a "glorious slide" downwind for 336 miles. Most boats carried spinnakers the whole ocean leg, and knotmeters registered 12 knots while surfing. Petrel was out in front most of the way, but her spinnaker halyard block disintegrated and the crew had to struggle for a hour and a half with a spinnaker under the boat. This let the 71’ yawl, Cotton Blossom IV, by, who took line honors with an elapsed time of 65 hours and 23 minutes, which well outdid the previous record of 86 hours.

Caper, a new Rhodes designed 56’ sloop sailing her first race, won Class A. She was a narrow, light, deep keelboat, seen as a complete reversal to the trend at the time, which was for beamy centerboard yawls for ocean racing. Harrier, a Concordia 41sloop, sailed by designer C. Raymond Hunt, was fleet and Class C winner of the 48 starters.

Harrier

Class A

1. Caper - H.I. Pratt

2. Cotton Blossom IV - W.H. Wheeler Jr.

3. Windigo - W.S. Gubelmann

4. Highland Light - USNA

5. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

6. Gesture - A.H. Fuller

7. Petrel - USCGA

8. Currituck - O.B. Reid

9. Auk III - C.F. Adams

10. Royono - USNA

11. Caribbee - Seabury Stanton

12. Gulf Stream - M.E. Hemmerdinger

13. Fortune - M.J. Feiring

(DNF) Djinn - H.S. Morgan

(DNF) Proton - Charles Price

Class B

1. Altair - Bradford Smith Jr.

2. Alert - USNA

3. Frolic - USNA

4. Seaflower - S. Castle

5. Flirt - USNA

6. Claire - F. Lintilhac

7. Vigilant - USNA

8. Shady Lady - C. Sturgess

9. Renova - C.D. Dodson

10. Fearless - USNA

11. The Panic - William Buckley Jr.

12. Resolute - USNA

13. Chance - H. Wise Jr.

14. Starlight - J. Brickel

(DNF) Chee Chee IV - P. Handelmann

(DNF) Worry - H. Darlington

Class C

1. Harrier - C. Hunt

2. Bonne Amie - G. Hinman

3. Finisterre - Carleton Mitchell

4. Hirondelle - H. Chance II

5. Golliwogg - C. Ratsey

6. Finn MacCumhail - Bobby Coulson

7. Corinthia III - George Thompson

8. Galliard - E. Smith

9. Vixen - H. Diesinger

10. Dutch Treat - A. Moyer Jr.

11. Sea Bound - F. Norman

12. Corroboree - A. Peaslee

13. Mehitabel - Truman Dodso

(DNF) Actaea - H. Sears

(DNF) Sea Star Two - Karl Schoettle

(DNF) Gallivant - O.E. Olse

(DNF) Mistral - R.W. Baron

1959 Annapolis-Newport Race (71 Entries)

Caper, 56’ Rhodes designed sloop owned by H. Irving Pratt, was the winner in the fleet of 71 boats. Caper took the race by 1½ hours corrected time over Nimrod V, chartered by Art Schuman and Ed Disharoon. Nimrod V (once known as Blitzen) was an old Sparkman and Stevens sloop ocean racer that had been knocking off ocean racing prizes from Bermuda to Honolulu for 20 years. Another participant, Carina, a Rhodes keel-centerboard yawl, had won two trans-Atlantics and two Fastnets in a four year career.

The race, which included all types of weather with the exception of a gale, started with a spinnaker run down the Bay, then the wind changed for a beat to the Lightship, and once again it was spinnakers up the coast. All boats went through a front off NY and were becalmed at some point. Line honors time of 73 hrs. 45 min. was provided by Walter Gubelmann’s yawl, Windigo.

The race was seen as riding a wave of increasing popularity since the direction had been reversed two years previously.

Caper Finishing at Castle Hill Light, Newport

Class A

1. Caper - H. Irving Pratt

2. Nimrod V - Shaman & Disharoon

3. Carina - R. Nye

4. Windigo - W. Gubelmann

5. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

6. Highland Light - USNA

7. Royono - USNA

8. Ice Fire - USMMA

9. Palawan - T. Watson Jr.

10. Starlight - J. Brickell

11. Shady Lady - C. Sturgess

12. Fun - T. Closs

13. Rob Roy - A. Boorstein

14. Sirius - H. Boschen

15. Legend - Wells Morss

16. Seaflower - Steven Castle

17. Sonora - C. Pingree

18. Ondine - S. Long

19. Blue Magic - A. Diss

20. Marluva - H. Wise

21. Golden Hind - John Kenedy

22. Proton - C. Price

23. Caribbee - Seabury Stanton

24. Manitou - USCGA

25. Fortune - M.J. Feirin

Class B

1. Sitzmark IV - Walter Neumann

2. Tioga - Bradley Noyes

3. Finn MacCumhail - Bobby Coulson

4. Alaris - Charles Iliff

5. Prim - Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.

6. Criterion - H. Villar

7. Grey Goose - R. Director

8. Pipe Dream - W. Colquitt

9. Tia Maria - H. Clark

10. Golliwogg - Colin Ratsey

11. Ill Wind - C. Ill

12. Bonne Amie - C. Ernst

13. Delight - Britton brothers

14. Harrier - J. Bontecou

15. Esquisse - A. Poor

16. Racuna - P. Grimm

17. Baroda - W. Caldera

18. Gallivant - C. Poor

19. Caprice - Fred Hibberd

20. Scylla - Charles Ulmer

21. Windigo - Raymond Fontaine

22. Venturess - A. Cochran

23. Sheldrake - Stuyvesant Wainwright

(DNF) Reindeer - E. Smith

1960s - 1970s

 

1961 Annapolis-Newport Race (86 Entries)

Small boats cleaned up in this fair weather running of the race. Topping the fleet of 86 boats was Reindeer, E. Newbold Smith’s Block Island 40 sloop, which took overall and Class D wins after a neck and neck race with Morton Gibbons-Neff’s Owens 40, Prim, which finished second in Class IV. DeCoursey Fales' Niña, a 33 year old 59’ schooner, was first to finish in 82 hours and 40 minutes by carrying a monstrous main topmast staysail in the last twenty miles of failing breeze in the slowest race sailed since the course was reversed in 1957 (the current record of the time was 65 hours and 23 minutes by Cotton Blossom IV in 1957). The race down the Chesapeake was "light airs and baffling", with the mid-Chesapeake to the lightship bringing the only windward work of the race. No one put on foul weather gear or got their feet wet all the way to Newport. There was a spectator fleet of between 300 - 400 boats out to watch the start off Annapolis.

Class A

1. Dyna - Clayton Ewing

2. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

3. Djinn - Henry Morgan Jr.

4. Jubilee - Francis Wetherill

5. Proton - Chas. Price

6. Caper - H. Pratt

7. Royono - USNA

8. Cotton Blossom IV - W. Wheeler Jr.

9. Gray Lady - Judson Schafer

10. Petrrel - USCGA

11. Caribbee - Seabury Stanton

12. Meridian - B. Barker III

13. Windigo - Walter Gublemann

14. Manitou - USCGA

15. Highland Light - USNA

16. Skookum III - Burton Raymon

Class D

1. Reindeer - E. Smith

2. Prim - Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.

3. Yankee Belle - Weems Estelle

4. Huntress - Morton Engel

5. Ill Wind - Charles Ill

6. Rita Mia - M. Rosenheim

7. Quandry - H. Hallock

8. Swamp Yankee - W. Clark

9. Xanadu - E. McKee

10. Cricket - James Briggs

11. Ca Va - George Anderson

12. Firefly - N. Rieser Jr.

13. Esquisse - A. Poor

14. Carina III - Charles Crockett

15. Scylla - Charles Ulmer

16. Vixen - A. Diesinger Jr.

17. Ibo-Le'Le - A. Sanford II

18. Nereid - R. LaCroix

19. Seachief II - R. Scott

20. My Fair Lady - G. Dalsemer

21. Theme - Jack Lacey

22. Mary G - R. Green Jr.

23. Gloriana - Daniel Hennessy

(DNF) Blazing Star - F. Janney

Class B

1. Seaflower - Steven Castle

2. Ma’m’selle - C. Hartman II

3. Solution - Thor Ramsing

4. Gaylark - C. Ufford

5. Madrigal - A. Boardman

6. Spookie - Wm. Ziegler III

7. Icefire - USMMA

8. Tigress - James Rider

9. Marluva - Henry Wise Jr.

10. Shady Lady - Chas. Sturgess

11. Carina - Richard Nye

12. Diogenes - Avard Fuller

13. Royono VII - USCGA

14. The Panic - Wm. Buckley Jr.

15. Sanban - Geo Johnson

16. Palawan - Thomas Watson Jr.

17. Gesture - James Madden

18. Java - Alfred Meyer Jr.

19. Annie D - USNA

20. Gypsy - USNA

21. Nomad - George Butle

Class C

1. Grey Goose - Robert Derecktor

2. Wainscott Wind - S. Wainwright III

3. Simba - Ralph Greenlee

4. Sagola - George Hibman

5. Blixtar - Danforth Miller Jr.

6. Windquest - A. Wasley

7. Wunderbar - George Hoffman

8. Harrier - J. Bontecou

9. Cricket - John Spears Jr.

10. Kahili - H. Huidekoper

11. Tomadrus - Thomas Miller

12. Arabella - Frank Winder

13. Sitzmark IV - Walter Neumann

14. Alert - USNA

15. Hirondelle - Henry Chance

16. Intrepid - USNA

17. Swift - USNA

18. Rhythm - T. Jeffress

19. Little Bit - Paul Fleischmann

20. Vigilant - USNA

21. Tamwock IV - A. Diss

22. Avian - A. Humphrey

(DNF) Radette II

Auxilary Schooner Class

1. Freedom - USNA

2. Felucca - Henry Whitney

Reindeer, Overall winner 1961

1963 Annapolis-Newport Race (88 Entries)

Eighty-eight starters took part in this race noted as the slowest and most frustrating edition ever sailed. It took most boats only 20 hours to go 140 miles to the Chesapeake Lightship, but then came frustrating calms and light going for most of the offshore portion. The fleet had a staggered start which give each boat approximately half her total time allowance at the start. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was being built in 1963, precluding the usual strategies involved in playing one shore or the other at the mouth of the Bay.

Corrected time winner was Clayton Ewing’s 57’ yawl, Dyna. First to finish (85 hours and 20 minutes) and second on corrected time was Challenge, George F Johnson’s 54’ aluminum sloop. William F. Buckley Jr.’s Suzy Wong dropped out for touching a mark (Chesapeake Bay Lightship).

Class A

1. Dyna - Clayton Ewing

2. Challenge - George Johnson

3. Jubilee - Francis Weatherill

4. Windigo - Walter Gubelmann

5. Gesture - James Madden

6. Caper - H. Pratt

7. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

8. Bellatrix - Paul Nicholson Jr.

9. Corsaro II - Italian Navy

10. Legend - Alfred Humphries Jr.

11. Djinn - Henry Morgan

12. Highland Light - USNA

13. Bolero - Sally Langmuir

14. Royono - USNA

15. Cotton Blossom IV - W. Wheeler Jr.

16. Janie C - Leighton Coleman

17. Katuna - Gilbert Verney

18. Manitou - USCG

Class D

1. Reindeer - E. Smith

2. Fleetwind - Raymond Brown

3. Swamp Yankee - W. Clark

4. Blazing Star - F. Janney

5. Kittiwake - Humphrey Simson

6. My Fair Lady - Gordon Dalsemer

7. Burgoo - Milton Erstoff

8. Shamrock - Dr. Everett Jones

9. Bo Lele - A. Sanford

10. Starward - Edmund Poore

11. Rita Mia - Morton Rosenheim

12. Dodieva - Henry Parker

13. Quandry - Homan Hallock

14. Sea Chief II - Raymond Scott

15. Blixtar - Danforth Miller Jr.

16. Gloriana - Daniel Hennessy

17. Hermes - Herman Lefco

18. Lancetilla II - Juan Cameron

Class B

1. Seaflower - Steven Castle

2. Frolic - USNA

3. Early Dawn - C. McNeely

4. Palawan - Thomas Watson Jr.

5. Madrigal - Albert Boardman II

6. Nipintuck - Edward Caswell

7. Icefire - USMMA

8. Magic Carpet - Frank Hardy

9. Pacifica - Valerio Giannini

10. Swift - USNA

11. Interim - A. Loomis Jr.

12. Matinee - Howard Kaiser

13. Fearless - USNA

14. Proton II - Charles Price

15. Raider - Thomas Closs

16. Nancy Lloyd - Stanley Tannenbaum

17. Flirt - USNA

18. Diogenes - Avard Fuller

19. Simba - Ralph Greenlee

20. Blithe Spirit - Forbes Morse

21. Optimist - Herbert Barlow Jr.

22. Gypsy - USNA

23. Marluba - Henry Wise Jr.

24. Teal - Robert Snyder

25. Active - USNA

Class C

1. Sun Dance - Clifton Loyd

2. Harrier - Jesse Contecou

3. Firefly - Norvin Rieser Jr.

4. Teetotaler - F. Dining III

5. Wainscott Wind - Stuyvesant Wainwright II

6. Prim - Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.

7. Huntress - Morton Engel

8. Tomadrus - Thomas Miller

9. Angelique - F. Deland Jr.

10. Slalom - Raymond Smith

11. Magic - Dr. George Nichols

12. Allons - George Anderson

13. Alert - Robert Armstrong

14. Vixen - Albert Deisinger Jr.

15. Zanadu - E. McKee

16. Bonnie Dee - H. Derrickson

17. Little Bit - Paul Fleischmann

18. Windquest - A. Wasley

19. Kahili - Henry Hidekoper

20. Criterion - Henry Villare

21. Adventure - Anthony Marra

22. Islandia - Stanley Ross

23. Stortebeker - H. Alberts

24. Ca Va - Edward Anderson

(DNF) Suzy Wong - William Buckley Jr.

Challenge, First to finish

1965 Annapolis-Newport Race (93 Entries)

A record fleet of 93 boats took part, and the elapsed time record was broken (66 hours and 19 minutes) by the overall winner, again, Dyna, Clayton Ewing’s Easton, MD - based, 57’, 8 year old, Sparkman and Stephens yawl. This was her third win in Class I. She had a new suit of sails from Murphy & Nye in Annapolis.

This edition of the race had the fastest passage out of the Chesapeake in the history of the race. With the first boat (Windigo) doing the 140 miles to Chesapeake Light in 16 ½ hours. The going was light for awhile in the ocean, and then it picked up to 18-20 knots for a fast spinnaker run. When it became light and fluky, the elapsed time winner, Escapade, a Rhodes designed 72’ yawl centerboarder, was two miles from the finish (which took her 45 minutes to cover).

Among the smaller boats, the outstanding showing was by the 37’ Tripp-designed Invicta Class sloop, Fleetwind, owned by Raymond H. Brown Jr., of Hampton, who won Class V and the Overall Performance Trophy for beating the boats in her class by the largest margin (she was 11th in fleet). The Class II winner was George Hoffman’s 47’ Sparkman & Stephens sloop, Duster, a year old wooden beauty. Second in Class II was Arnold C. Gay’s, Babe, a new Cal 40 sloop from Annapolis. He reported a "real ride" in the ocean with her spade rudder making steering easy in the quartering seas at speeds up to nine knots while sliding down some of the larger waves. The Class II winner was the family-manned Owens Cutter Prim of Morton Gibbons-Neff. A consistent performer in this race, she took 5-2-6 in class in the three previous events.

The prevailing theory was that only centerboard yawls do well in a predominately off-wind race was disproved in this one. Three of the five class winners were sloops and two of them had keels.

Class I

1. Dyna - Clayton Ewing

2. Windigo - W. Gubelmann

3. Escapade - Grimm & McNamara

4. Gesture - James Madden

5. Challenge - G. Johnson

6. Caper - H. Pratt

7. Ondine - S. Long

8. Petrel - USCGA

9. Diogenes - Avard Fuller

10. Palawan - Thomas Watson Jr.

11. Royono - USNA

12. Legend - A. Humphreys Jr.

13. Geronimo - Grove & Tripp

14. Janie C - L. Coleman

15. Magic Carpet - F. Hardy

16. Niña - DeCoursey Fales

17. Karin - Duncan Spencer

Class IV

1. Kirsten - T. Rothe

2. Sagola - G. Hinman

3. Puffin - E. Greeff

4. Reindeer - E. Smith

5. Fury - John Murphy

6. Shamrock IV - E. Jones

7. Scylla - Dr. G. Erdman

8. Kahili - H. Huidekoper

9. Westray - B. MacNary

10. Tomwock - J. Lord

11. Moonfleet - A. Whitman

12. Aquinna - C. Dunbar

13. Anemone - Tyler Abell

14. Cepheus II - J. Poor

15. Trumbull II - Foster Tallman

16. Chanticleer - Parks and Bulman

17. Astra - E. Sygnor Jr.

18. Seal - Raymond Milligi Jr.

19. Alert - R. Armstrong

Class II

1. Duster - George Hoffman

2. Babe - Arnold Gay

3. Oceanus - C. Owens

4. Proton II - C. Price

5. Fearless - USNA

6. Madrigal - A. Boardman II

7. Chee Chee V - Philip Handelman

8. Raider - Thomas Closs

9. Beau Geste - A. Cassedy

10. Hildegarde - Fred Hard

11. Vivace - E. Ricotta

12. Xanadu II - E. McKee

13. Cockatoo II - Lloyd Bergeson

14. Icefire - USMMA

15. Marluva - H. Wise Jr.

16. Half Moon - F. D. Roosevelt Jr.

17. Alert - USNA

18. Brigadoon - R. Morton

19. Little Bit - Paul Fleishmann

20. Dandy - USNA

21. Foolscap - A. Hanson

22. Active - USNA

Class III

1. Prim - Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.

2. Cricket - F. Kulicke Jr.

3. Tomadrus - T. Miller

4. Bonnie Dee - H. Derrickson

5. Teetotaler - E. Dinning

6. Alaris - Dr. C. Iliff

7. Sitzmark IV - Walter Neumann

8. Falcon - Dorsey Owings

9. Page Girl - R. Larson

10. Slalom - Dr. R. Smith

11. Mariann - G. Gibbons Jr.

12. Duchess of Devonshire - Sir Bayard Dill

13. Wainscott Wind - S. Wainwright

14. Courtesan - J. Young

15. Corinthian - Albert Kennedy

16. Scherzo II - N. Wiedersum

17. Galatea - W. Daniell

18. Islandia - S. Ross

19. Allons - G. Anderson

20. Seeadler - H. Read

21. Sun Dance - Clifton Loyd

(DNF) Firefly - N. Reiser Jr.

Class V

1. Fleetwind - T. Rothe

2. Windquest - Justin Wasley

3. Souffle - W. Teague

4. Nituna - Lawrrence Damon

5. Let’s Hope - Norman Raben

6. Agile - John Walsh

7. Quandry - H. Hallock

8. Blazing Star - F. Janney

9. Burgoo - Milton Ernstof

10. Rainmaker - Hugo Spatenga

11. Hermes - Herman Lefco

12. En Avant - H. Abbott

13. Sea Chief II - R. Scott

Dyna, Overall winner

1967 Annapolis-Newport Race (91 Entries)

This running of the race was called the roughest ever. Of the 91 starters, 34 went for shelter when a fierce and persistent northeast storm struck the fleet on the nose after rounding the Chesapeake Light Tower, 125 miles from the start. The total of non-finishers made the race the roughest and toughest in the history of any offshore event in the US up to that time.

Six boats were dis-masted. One boat, Vignette, went aground and broke up at the mouth of the Chesapeake while trying to return after dropping out of the race.

The winner was a Cal 40, Lancetilla, skippered by Juan Cameron. Seven other Cal-40s took part, one of which was dis-masted. The winds were light in the Chesapeake, and Ted Turners’ aluminum 40’, Vamoose, led at the mouth of the Bay. Thomas J. Watson followed with his 58’ aluminum, Palawan, - who sailed most of the race with a well reefed main and staysail, and was first to finish. Class III winner was Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.’s Owens Cutter, Prim, repeating their victory in the 1965 race. Prim, Charlie Ill (Ill Wind) and Bud Diesinger’s Hinckley 41, Vixen, all went to the aid of Arnie Gay’s dis-masted Cal 36, Babe, (receiving compensatory time for their aid). Chesapeake entries took four of five class firsts and 12 of 15 class prizes. Lancetilla’s owner was a correspondent in the Washington, DC, Office of Time.

Class I

1. Palawan - Thomas Watson, Jr.

2. Maradea - USNA

3. Challenge - George Johnson

4. Jubilee - F. Wetherill

5. Argyll - W. Moore

6. Thunderhead - Paul Hoffmann

7. Kim - Karl Stangl

8. Yankee Girl - David Steere

9. Legend - A. Humphreys

10. Manukai - Stanley Livingston Jr.

11. Manitou - USCGA

(DNF) Gesture - James Madden

(DNF) Magic Carpet - Robert Robe, Jr.

(DNF) Moorea - P.C. Nicholson Jr.

(DNF) Tomahawk -William Wright

(DNF) Windigo - Walter Gublemann

Class II

1. Lancetilla - Juan Cameron

2. Early Dawn - Charles Coyer

3. Foolscap - Arthur Hanson

4. Williwaw - William Pickford

5. Vivace - Edwin Ricotta

6. Xanadu II - E. McKee

7. Old Salt - Walter Frank

8. Raider - Thomas Closs

9. Esquisse - A. Poor

10. Nipantuck - Edward S. Caswell

11. Icefire - Charles Conway

(DNF) Altair - Alan McCullough

(DNF) Beau Geste - Anthony Cassidy

(DNF) Brigadoon - Robert Morton

(DNF) Duster - George Hoffman

(DNF) Hildegarde - Fred Hard

(DNF) Marluva - Henry Wise Jr.

(DNF) Proton II - Charles Price

Class III

1. Prim - Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.

2. Windquest - A. Wasley

3. Vigilant - USNA

4. Schuss - John Summerlin

5. Arctic Tern - USCGA

6. Windborne - Frank Bedford

7. Chee Chee V - Philip Handelmann

8. Tradition - Robert Rulon-Miller

9. Shearwater - USCGA

10. Khira - S. Smith

11. Firefly - Norvin Reiser

12. Tantara - L. Birdzell

13. Cricket - USMMA

14. Dragon Lady - Ehihu Allinson

(DNF) Alison - Alan Van Metre, Jr.

(DNF) Artemis - Thomas Gresinger

(DNF) Babe - Arnold Gay

(DNF) Oceanus - Charles Owens

(DNF) Parlay - Todd Goodwin & George Holbrook

(DNF) Suzy Wong - William Buckley Jr.

(DNF) Teetotaler - F. Dinning III

(DNF) Vamoose - R. Turner III

Class IV

1. Ill Wind - Charles Ill

2. Reindeer - E. Smith

3. Vixen - Albert Diesinger Jr.

4. Golden Hind - William Drake

5. Golliwog - Wesley Rodstrom

6. Astra - Eugene Sydnor

7. September Song - S. Dayton Jr.

8. Ca Va - George Anderson

9. Kahili - Henry Huidekoper

10. Spanker - William Carl

11. Blue Magic - Peter Kellogg

(DNF) Alert - Robert Armstrong

(DNF) Galatea - William Daniells

(DNF) Juniper - George Whitney

(DNF) Scherzo II - Norman Wiedersum

(DNF) Summertime - Irwin Tyson

(DNF) Chanticleer - Larry Bulman & Jerry Parks

Class V

1. Fleetwind - Raymond Brown Jr.

2. En Avant - H. Abbott

3. New World II - Philip Davis

4. Kirsten - Tyge Rothe

5. Burgoo - Milton Ernstoff

6. Euphoria - Bruce Bogert

7. Samantha - John Brown

8. Finisterre - J. Brown & David Scott

9. Ziphius - Skip Sheldon

10. Mary G - Robert Green

(DNF) Absinthe - Henry Sears

(DNF) Fairweather - Thomas Hagy

(DNF) Gitana - Ernest Burt Jr.

(DNF) Sinsonte - John Fellows Jr.

(DNF) Solitaire III - Dudley Blanchard

(DNF) Strega - David Berley

(DNF) Trumbull III - Foster Tallman

(DNF) Vignette - Roger McAleer

Lancetilla

1969 Annapolis-Newport Race (84 Entries)

Ted Turner’s 12-Meter, American Eagle, never achieved the primary goal for which she was designed - winning the America’s Cup - but she did win the Annapolis-Newport race on both elapsed and corrected time. She battled boat-for-boat with Huey Long’s 73’, Ondine, which allowed American Eagle 2 1/3 hours. Ondine led by eight minutes at the Chesapeake Light. For the next 30 hours, the pair averaged almost 10 knots in spinnaker conditions punctuated by severe squalls which did in most of the nine boats that failed to finish. Eagle blew two spinnakers, but passed Ondine in one of the after-dark squalls after Ondine had blown one of her own. Eagle eventually finished 20 minutes ahead of Ondine in 69 hours and 43 minutes, with the third finisher, Windigo, 6½ hours further back.

The 84 boats in the fleet were down from 1965’s record of 93 but it was termed the best in quality of competition the race had seen.

Class I

1. American Eagle - R. Turner III

2. Ondine - S. Long

3. Palawan - Thomas Watson Jr.

4. Rage - Homer Denius

5. Dyna - Clayton Ewing

6. Windigo - Walter Gublemann

7. Maredea - Van Dyck

8. Jubilee III - Abbott

9. Stella Polare - Cdr. Georgio Belliaardi

10. Gesture - James Madden

11. Doric - Stanley Tananbaum

12. Severn Star - Capt. Robert Steele

13. Wandelaar - S. Walker Jr.

14. Morning Light - A. Hull

(WDR) Equation - John Potter

(WDR) Sea Lion - Gilbert Verney

Class II

1. Salty Tiger - Walter Frank

2. Blackjack - H. Reed

3. Thunderhead - Paul Hoffmann

4. Lisa Lee - H. Derrickson

5. Carillon - Wells Morss

6. Trumbull IV - Foster Tallman

7. Etoile - Eugene Snydor Jr.

8. Proton II - Charles Price

9. Kate - R. Hubner

10. Gemini - Wm. Zeigler III

11. Yankee Girl - David Steere

12. Runn - Michael Berner

13. Avatar - George Baker III

14. Brigadoon - Robert Morton

15. Marluva - Henry Wise Jr.

16. Perelandra - Charles Teetor

Class III

1. Windquest - A. Wasley

2. Congere - Bevin Koeppel

3. Ill Wind - Charles Ill

4. Soogie Moogie - James Castle

5. Syriene - James Shepley

6. Lancetilla - Juan Cameron

7. Chee Chee V - Philip Handelman

8. Altair - Alan McCullough

9. Alison - Albert Van Metre

10. Artemis - T. Gresinger

11. Resistance - LCDR R Cheseborough

12. Fairweather - Thomas Hagy

13. Sitzmark - Walter Neumann

14. Calypso - Cameron Clark Jr.

15. Foolscap - Arthur Hanson

16. Barbara - A. Suse

(WDR) Early Dawn - F. Duffy

Class IV

1. Arete - Charles Shumway

2. Terrapin - C. Hartman II

3. Babe - Arnold Gay

4. Cayenne - Donald Tate

5. Vixen - Albert Diesinger

6. Spindrift - David Saunders

7. Wainscott Flame - Stuyvesant Wainwright II

8. Hirondelle - Henry Chance II

9. Bat - W. Samuels

10. Ariana - Henry Becton

11. Fantasy - Fred Hibberd

12. Comtesse - E. LeCompte

13. Dragon Lady - Elihu Allinson

14. Khira - S. Smith

15. Kantara - L. Birdzell

(WDR) Phoenix - Charles Coyer

(WDR) Vignette - Roger McAleer

Class V

1. Fleetwind - Raymond Brown Jr.

2. Pageant - John Page

3. Summertime - Irwin Tyson

4. Replique - Robert Bavier Jr.

5. Golden Hind - William Drake

6. Seeadler - Howard Read

7. Euphoria - Bruce Bogert

8. Sinsonte - John Fellows Jr.

9. Alert - Robert Armstrong

10. Anodyne II - Harvey Weldon

11. Fiddler of Maine - Robert Amory Jr.

12. September Song - S. Dayton Jr.

13. Winsome - Frank Muller

14. Black Mallard - Franklin McRoberts

(WDR) Chanticleer - Larry Bulman

(WDR) Karinda Wright & Culver

(WDR) Pisces -Thomas Vickery

(WDR) Zarabanda - William Tyler

American Eagle

1971 Annapolis-Newport Race (91 Entries)

James French Baldwin’s ultralight Sorcery, a Cuthbertson & Cassian designed fiberglass 61’, took all the marbles in the 91 boat fleet. In a near repetition on the 1969 race, two big boats raced each other the whole way. Again Ted Turner’s 12-Meter, American Eagle, was participating in the duel, but this time she lost by 54 minutes. Third and 4th overall were two Admiral’s Cup boats; 56’, Yankee Girl, and 49’, Bay Bea, both Sparkman and Stephens designs.

Class I

1. Sorcery - James Baldwin

2. American Eagle - R. Turner III

3. Yankee Girl - David Steere

4. Dora - Williams

5. Windigo - Walter Gublemann

6. Charisma - Philips

7. Nepenthe - Learson

8. Jubilee III - USNA

9. Gesture - Hutchins

10. Anadarko - Kennedy

11. Caper - USCGA

12. Brigadoon - Morton

13. Maradea - Coit

(WDR) Pleione - Santry

Class IV

1. Fling - Henry Chance II

2. Saltine - Robert Armstrong

3. Persephone - William Greene

4. Tabasco - Barker

5. Sinn Fein - McGready

6. Prim - Gibbons-Neff

7. Cayenne - Tate

8. Hermes - Lefco

9. Citadel - Nairn

10. Vixen - Diesinger

11. Spindrift - Saunders

12. Naiad - Read

13. Jemel - Slingluff

14. Chanticleer - Bulman & Parks

15. Tantara - Birdzell

16. Golden Hind - Drake

17. Wainscott Flame - Wainwright

18. Khira - Smith

19. Vib - Ferris'

20. Dragon Lady - Allinson

21. Alcyone - Wright

(WDR) Sequin - Buttner

Class II

1. Bay Bea - Patrick Haggerty

2. Aura - Wallace Stenhouse Jr.

3. Sitzmark - Walter Neumann

4. Challenge - Johnson

5. Solution - Ramsing

6. Beth-a-Belle III - Hennessy

7. Rage - USNA

8. Beau Geste - Cassedy

9. Salty Tiger - Frank & Powell

10. Grundoon - Grundy

11. Puffin - Greeff

12. Bandit - Van Metre

13. Mohawk - Snyder

14. Xanadu II - McKee

Class V

1. Little Babe - Arnold Gay

2. Fleetwind - Raymond Brown Jr.

3. Polar Bear - Angus McIntyre

4. Mistress - Hilgendoroff

5. Pageant - Page

6. Barra - McNeil

7. Dionis - Hayden

8. Scoot - Dyer

9. Caroline - Benson

10. Mary - McCullough

11. Bellwether - Gleason

12. Anodyne II - Weldon

13. Landsend - Crain

14. Souffle - Teague

15. Rebel - Lee

16. Reddi Fox III - Schlesinger

(WDR) Tuxn - Boulokos

(WDR) Resolute - Gill

(WDR) Fairweather - Hagy

Class III

1. Harpoon - Marck Ewing

2. Shadow II - Kack Zenks & Frank Batten

3. Soogie Moogie - James Castle

4. Conquest - Seaman

5. Dove - Greene

6. New World - Davis

7. Cepheus III - Poor

8. Ill Wind - Charles Ill

9. Lancetilla - Cameron

10. Reindeer - E. Smith

11. Firebrand - Bics

12. Man-O’-War - Valdes

13. Vitesse - Buress

14. Puppet - Redmond

15. Sinn Fein - Walsh

16. Tantra - Chewning

17. Charisma - Beres

18. Chee Chee V - Handelman

19. Skylark - Decker

20. Sandia IV - Krise

21. Barbara - Susen

22. Foolscap - Hanson

1973 Annapolis-Newport Race (80 Entries)

Equation, Jack Potter’s 68’ ketch, set an elapsed time record for the 473 miles of 57 hours and 18 minutes, took top in fleet of the 81 starters, and the Class I award. Crew of the boat included 12 meter helmsmen; Bob McCullough, George Hinman, Don Browning, Vic Romagna, and Ed Cotter. The boat was, at the time, the biggest boat ever built to the IOR rule.

The race started in the Chesapeake with the wind on the nose at 18 knots. In the southern bay it built to 35 knots. At the Chesapeake Light, spinnakers were up in the fog. In the ocean the wind shifted to the northeast and built to 40 knots. Equation sailed with a double-reefed main, a #4, a reefed mizzen, and no staysail. Equation finished just before the wind died after Block Island. If the wind had held, Al Van Metre’s 61’, Running Tide, would have caught Equation on corrected time. But it did not, and Equation won.

Equation

Class I

1. Equation - John Potter

2. Running Tide - Albert Van Metre

3. Sorcery - James Baldwin

4. Kahili II - Zurn

5. Wandelaar - Walker

6. Zephyros - Baringer

7. La Forza del Destino - Raben

8. Yankee Girl - Steere

9. Congere - Koeppel

10. Aquarius - Willis

11. Barlovento II - DuPont

12. Outrage - USNA

13. Caper - USCG

Class IV

1. Merrythought - John King

2. Cayenne - Donald Tate

3. Caroline - Charles Benson

4. Reindeer - E. Smith

5. West Wind - Crobaugh'

6. Black Mallard - McRoberts

7. Yellow Jacket - Bulman

8. Black Jack - Liszka

9. Pageant - Page

10. No Way - Donley

11. Hallelujah - Violette

12. Banshee - Almeida

13. Patience - Warden

14. Ill Wind - Charles Ill

15. Kahuna II - Leebrick

16. Lancetilla - Cameron

17. Cyrene - Weldon

18. Puppet - Redmond

19. Chance - Gundry

20. Ossipee - USCGA

Class II

1. Kate - Robert Hubner

2. Mary Lee - H. Derrickson

3. Aura - Wallace Stenhouse Jr.

4. Kirsten - Rothe

5. Zest - Pratt

6. Destination - Hoyt

7. Jemel - Grant

8. Challenge - Johnson

9. Fantasia - Pearson

10. Rage - USNA

11. Beth-a-Belle - Hennessy

12. Gesture II - Madden

13. Sitzmark - Neumann

14. Perelandra - Teetor

15. War Baby - Brown

(WDR) Chee Chee - Handelman

Class III

1. Harpoon - Marck Ewing

2. Shadow - Frank Batten

3. Tantra - E. Chewning Jr.

4. Fun - Thomas Closs

5. Toscana - Swenson

6. Beau Geste - Cassedy

7. Lejune II - Daneluzzi

8. Moonbeam - Rothschild

9. Grundoon - Grundy

10. Foolscap - Hanson

(WDR) Etoile - Sydnor

Class V

1. Lightin’ - T. Turner

2. The Magic Twanger - Anthony Parker

3. Titan - Dr. A. Patterson Jr.

4. Snallygaster - Stein

5. Circe - Newkirk & Magee

6. Babe - Arnold Gay

7. Nicole - T. du'Pont

8. Thunderer - Peach

9. Vib - Ferris

10. Poker Chip - Freeman

11. Tabasco - Barker

12. Trumbull V - Tallman

13. Vixen - Diesinger

14. Yellowbird - Gill

15. Content II - Touhey

16. Buldog Drummond - Stearns & Donald

17. Khira - Smith

18. Dragon Lady - Allinson

(WDR) Gold Whale - Gordy

(WDR) Persephone - Greene

1975 Annapolis-Newport Race (85 Entries)

Bob Derecktor’s 54’, Salty Goose, won both fleet and Class I, racing against two Admiral Cup’s boats (Charisma and Tenacious), and the new KialoaSalty Goose just finished before the wind died. The next boat, Jesse Phillips’ Charisma, took 4 hours to cover the last 16 miles. The 85 boat fleet had a beat out of the Chesapeake and a beam reach in the ocean. Kialoa, flying her jibtop on her staysail rig, finished the race in 55 hours and 40 minutes, setting a new elapsed record. Ted Turner’s Tenacious was dis-masted near the Potomoc River.

Class I

1. Salty Goose - Robert Derecktor

2. Kialoa - John Kilroy

3. Running Tide - A. Van Metre Jr.

4. Tempest - Eric Ridder

5. Safari - Paul Adams

6. La Forza del Destino - Raben

7. Yankee Girl - Steere

8. Congere - Koeppel

9. Gannet - Wickersham

10. War Baby - Brown

(RET) Venceremos - Lee

Class IV

1. Gaylark - Kaighn Smith MD

2. Tramp - E. James Jr.

3. Cayenne - Tate

4. Titan - Patterson

5. Pirate - McIlhenny

6. Ariel - Hughes

7. Tern - Usiskin

8. Bluebird - Kohlhepp

9. Vib - Ferris

10. Celerite - Mynderse

11. Circe - Newkirk

12. Cavalier - Hepler

13. Cricket - Birney

14. Anthem - Geis

15. Chance - Gundry

16. Sundowner - Corey

17. Swift - Chenault, USNA

18. Vigilant - Howard, USNA

19. Sandia IV - Krise

20. Langsyne - McAteer

Class II

1. Charisma - Jesse Phillips

2. Miss Wick - Tad Stanwick

3. Windliese - William Gahagan

4. Hokulele - Livingston

5. Aura - Stenhouse

6. Insurgente - Sander, USNA

7. Dyna - Ewing

8. Outrage - Messick USNA

9. No Way - Donley

10. Etoile - Sydnor

11. Wandelaar - Walker

12. Fun - Closs Sr. & Jr.

13. Avenger - Davis, USNA

14. Beau Geste - Fry

(RET) Tenacious - Turner

Class III

1. Chasseur - Frank Snyder

2. Wizard - Richard Coons

3. Harpoon - Mark Ewing

4. Jubilee - Fisher & Ramsing

5. Yellow Jacket - Bulman

6. Sitzmark - Neumann

7. Blue Angel - Groo

8. Toscana - Swenson

9. Ranger - Kilbourn, USNA

10. Reindeer - E. Smith

11. Kahuna II - Lebrick

12. Blackjack - Liska

13. Allons - Anderson

14. Lejune II - Daneluzzi

15. Banshee - Almeida

16. Xanadu II - Clark

17. Shadow - Batten

Class V

1. Goodly Fare - James Whittemore

2. Vamp - Robert Doyle

3. The Magic Twanger - Arnold Gay

4. Pride - Leonard

5. Rappahannock - Hulcher

6. Stegosaurus - Stege

7. Crocodile - Carter

8. Andiano Robin - Raby

9. Ginger - Lampman

10. Cascade - Milgram

11. Tinker Toy - Scaborough & Fletcher

12. Revenge - Peach

13. Pitfire - Maver

14. Quintessance - Michaelson

15. Soogie Moogie - Castle

16. Calliope - Lewis

17. Prince of Donegal - O’Donnell

18. Barra - McNeil

19. Volta - Van Liew

20. Quantum - Greene

21. Gold Whale - Gordy

1977 Annapolis-Newport Race (79 Entries)

Described as "the longest, the slowest, and certainly the dullest and most frustrating" ever for the 79 entries, this edition of the race was won by Jack Knife, a Ron Holland designed Two-Tonner, which beat Randy Scarborough’s Chance-designed, Wildflower, by less than five minutes. The start was in clear skies with a blustery nor’wester gusting to 25 knots. Spinnakers and bloopers stretched from one shore of the Chesapeake to the other. The wind died and then went into the southeast and blew some more. It looked like a fast race. Then, for two days, the fleet beat towards Newport in light northeasterlies, punctuated by calms. Fog, glassy seas, and fitful winds were common. The first over the line, Tempest, an 80’ ketch, was 24 hours behind the course record of 56 hours.

Class I

1.Tempest - Eric Ridder

2. Yankee Girl - David Steere

3. Guerriere - D. Gearing, USNA

4. Congere - Raymond Brown

5. Syren - R. Dibbink, USNA

6. Gannet - James Wickersham

7. Venceremos - Arthur Lee

8. Demon - Albert Gilson

9. Inverness - Comm. R. McCullough

Class IV

1. Yellow Jacket - Bulman, Scholz, & Winston

2. Goldfish - Harquail & Zinn

3. Gaylark - Kaighn Smith

4. Captain Cool - Noel Coon

5. Vixen - Albert Diesinger

6. Muskrat - J. Thompson & T. Lucke

7. Goodly Fere - James Whitmore

8. Mandala - John Zeren

9. Fair American - Robert Julian, USNA

10. Circe - Thomas Newkirk

11. Firebrand - P. Ozinek, USNA

12. Manu Forti - E. McKee

13. Gin - Allen Davies

14. Easterly - William East

15. Anthem - Peter Geis

16. Cygnet - John Lampman

17. Angelique - Charles Granville

Class II

1. Jubilee - Chris Fisher

2. Merrythought - John King

3. Tatoosh - Robert Hutton

4. Recluta - Walter Hanson

5. Mandate - Morgan Barker

6. Aysel - Robert Morton

7. Patriot - USNA/L. Konrad

8. Surge - J. Little & P. Clempner

9. Reindeer - E. Smith

10. Zephyr - Eugene Snyder

11. Toscana - Eric Swenson

12. Prim - Morton Gibbons- Neff

13. Immigrant - William McAteer

14. Content II - Carl Touhey

15. Festive Mood - John Gibson

16. Hokulele - S. Livingston

Class III

1. Jack Knife - Jack Greenberg

2. Wildflower - Randy Scarborough

3. Madcap - Charles Leighton

4. Big Schott - Mel Schott

5. Wildfire - Preston Smith

6. Red Breast - Morton Saunders

7. Golden Girl - John Hill

8. Titan - A. Patterson

9. Sundowner - Samuel Corey

10. Cricket - James White

11. Cavalier - John Hepler

12. Kahuna II - Paul Leebrick

13. Stinger - Thomas Wentz

14. Papillon - Edward Skinner

15. Alert - J. Storvick, USNA

16. Vib - William Ferris

17. Banshee - Robert Almeida

18. Ripple - C. Stone, USCG

Class V

1. Dandy - H. Nyberg, USNA

2. Fun - T. Closs & T. Closs Jr.

3. Vitesse - Carroll Buress

4. Wainscott Folly - Jonathan Ingham

5. Paddington Bear - C. Blackwell

6. Resolute - R. Faulkner, USNA

7. Frolic - R. O’Sullivan, USNA

8. Vigilant - R. Sutter, USNA

1979 Annapolis-Newport Race (76 Entries)

First to finish - Ondine, Sumner A. Long, 67 hours and 22 minutes
Overall winner on corrected time - Tenacious, Ted Turner

Class I

1. Tenacious - Ted Turner

2. Ondine - Sumner A. Long

3. Inverness - R. W. McCullough

4. Running Tide - Al Van Metre

5. Pleione - Arthur J. Santry Jr.

6. Cayenne - Donald L. Tate

7. Scaramouche - David D. Stere

8. Tempest - Eric Ridder

9. Congere - Bevin D. Koeppel

10. Desperado - John C. Tuttle

11. Immigrant - Bill McAteer

12. Alliance - USNA/Mathison

13. Circus Maximus - Raby/Ritrer

Class IV

1. Arcadia - R. G. Stone Jr.

2. Brass Ring - Nicholas Schaus

3. Resolution - Shepley/Timken

4. Prim - Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.

5. Vib - William Ferris

6. Reindeeer - E. Newbold Smith

7. Fun - Closs/Closs Jr.

8. Mame - Steele Griswold

9. Kahuna II - Paul Leebrick Jr.

10. Insurgente - USNA/Jaques

11. Cricket - James White

12. Carib Owl - Charles Owens

13. Sundowner - Samuel Corey

14. Vitesse - Carroll Buress

15. Golden Girl - John Hill

16. Bean Sloop - Robert Young

Class II

1. Obsession - Nichols/Doyle

2. Flying Cloud - Raymond M. Brown Jr.

3. Zephyr - Eugene Snyder Jr.

4. Congere - Bevin Koeppel

5. Fiddler - Alfred Van Liew

6. Arete - Charles Shumway

7. Jack Knife - S. Thompson Wheatley

8. Wildflower - Randle Scarborough

9. Tabasco - Robert Aron

10. Patriot - USNA/Saylor

11. Red Breast - Morton Saunders

12. Easterly - William East

13. Mandate - Morgan Barker

14. Valkyrie - Norman Owens

15. Chance - Hart Beaver

16. Reprisal - USNA/Fitzpatrick

Class V

1. Gaylark - Kaighn Smith

2. Vixen - Albert Diesinger Jr.

3. Ill Wind - Charles Ill

4. Mandala - John Zeren

5. Honey - Alan Franck

6. Xanadu II - Bates McKee

7. Flirt - USNA/Pirozzi

8. Shearwater - USNA/Beck

9. Restless - USNA/Wilbert

10. Intrepid - USNA/Mowins

11. Swift - USNA/Wray

12. Lively - USNA/Van Der Werken

(RET) Active - USNA/Reichert

(RET) Alert - USNA/Wright

(RET) Frolic - USNA/Wetherald

(RET) Restless - Alfred Lovell

Class III

1. Yellow Jacket - Larry Bulman

2. Twain - Millard Pierce

3. Sweet Chariot - Berl Bernhard

4. Magic - James Marenakos

5. Curlew - Smith/Smith Jr.

6. Liberty - USNA/Vann

7. My Way - Katherine Leland

8. Taniwha - Harry Anderson Jr.

9. Wahoo - Henry Fretz

10. Circe - Thomas Newkirk

11. Pursuit - USNA/Carr

12. Barefoot Contessa - David Fisher

13. Gin - Allen Davies

14. Geraldine - Joseph McCarthy Jr.

15. Shenandoah - Francis Iglehart

16. Blackjack - Victor Liszka

1980s - 1990s

 

1981 Annapolis-Newport Race (73 Entries)

First to finish - Flyer in 78 hours and 52 minutes
Overall fleet winners on corrected time - Impasse (IOR), Mandate (MHS)

Class I (IOR)

1. Running Tide - A. Van Metre

2. Boomerang - G. Coumantaros

3. Congere - B. Koeppel

4. Tempest - E. Ridder

5. Cayenne - D. Tate

6. Morning Star - J. Amborse Jr.

7. Flyer - C. Van Reitschoten

8. Blithe Spirit - P. Hayes Jr.

(WDR) Kialoa - J. Kirby

Class IV (MHS)

1. Mandate - M. Barker

2. Reindeer - E. Smith

3. Mareva II - Campbell, USCGA

4. Toscana - E. Swenson

5. Resolution - Shelpey & Timken

6. Festive Mood - J. Gibson

7. Fun - Closs & Closs Jr.

8. Constellation - Nolan, NASS

9. Easterly - W. East

10. Andrea - H. Clark

11. Vib - W. Ferris

12. Spitfire - Doherty, NASS

13. Pursuit - N. Dawley

14. Kahuna II - J. Leebrick

15. Circe - E. Greene

16. Insurgente - Craver, NASS

17. Papillon - Skinner & White

18. Thunder - W. Grout

19. Pamir - F. Curren

Class II (IOR)

1. Impasse - W. Packer

2. Immigrant - W. McAteer

3. Wildflower - R. Scarborough

4. Red Breast - M. Sunders

5. Dynamo - G. Moog

6. Merrythought - J. King

7. Foxfire - McGraw, USCGA

8. Patriot - O'Brien, USNA

9. Willowwind - L. Waken

10. Gin - A. Davies'

(WDR) Pageant - J. Page

Class V

1. Gaylark - Kaighn Smith

2. Allons - G. Anderson

3. Impulsive - D. White

4. Sundowner - S. Corey

5. Frolic - Pescatore, NASS

6. Flyway - O. Reid

7. Vigilant - Simpson, NASS

8. Sundance - F. Wadsworth

9. Pegasus - W. Passano

10. Shishi - G. Stricker

11. Dandy - Hire, NASS

12. Bean' Sloop - R. Young

13. Happy - H. Nehms

14. Buster Brown - J. Brown

(WDR) Gold Rush - H. Donaldson

(WDR) Mischief - Ferguson & Killian

(WDR) Kidaal - R. Bisgyer

(WDR) Shenandoah - F. Inglehart

(WDR) Suzanne - T. Strange

Class III (IOR)

1. Invictus - B. Bernhard

2. Goldfish - Harquail & Zinn

3. Albemarle Pippin - R. Scott

4. Avenger - Hilarides, NASS

5. Hawke - Patton, NASS

6. Cricket - E. White

7. Circe - T. Newkirk

8. Outlaw - E. Smith

9. Loose - R. Rohman

10. Cold Gold - D. Breen

11. Caper - S. Hiltabidle

12. Waterway - E. Crowley

13. Driven - R. Duncan

14. Ginny Lee - J. Tate

(WDR) Slingshot - W. Atwill

1983 Annapolis-Newport Race (72 Entries)

First to finish - Running Tide, 87 hours and 20 minutes
First in fleet on corrected time - Esprit (IOR), Gaylark (MHS), Blitz (PHRF)

Class I (IOR)

1. Running Tide - A. Van Metre

2. Toscana - Eric Swenson

3. Cayenne - Donald Tate

4. Morning Light - USNA/Smith

5. Wunder Bear - Clarence Blackwell

6. Thorin - Richard Terhorst

7. Patriot - USNA/Edwards

8. Blithe Spirit - Paul Hayes

9. Bay Bea - USNA/O'Brien

(RET) - Tempest

Class IV (MHS)

1. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

2. Constellation - USNA/Moran

3. Fun - Closs/Closs

4. Andrea - Hays Clark

5. Insurgente - USNA/Watson

6. Pursuit - Norman L. Dawley

7. Springbok - David A. Rosow

8. Aeolus - Anthony Chiurco

9. Arcadaia - Robert G. Stone Jr.

10. Spitfire - USNA/Rabuse

11. Avenger - USNA/Henderson

(RET) Reindeer - E. Smith

Class II (IOR)

1. Esprit - Peter Van Arsdale

2. Merrythought - Jack King

3. Hoppin' Gator - S. Thomas Wheatley

4. Dawn Treader - Lawrence Cohen

5. Brandwine - USNA/Gross

6. Dancer - E. Sydnor'

7. Razzle Dazzle - Irwin & Barton

8. Firebrand - Chris Kramer

9. Ace - Dennis Gorley

10. Mareva II - USCGA/McGraw

11. Aphoencicius - Edward J. Anderson

12. Priority One - Jack Weis

Class V

1. Gaylark - Kaighn Smith

2. Full Cry - Robert Crompton

3. Bodacious - Ted Repplier

4. Obsession - Peter Rittman

5. Orient Express - Frederick Hoerner

6. Gin - Allen Davies

7. Ecstasy - Konrad Murrer

8. Fearless - USNA/Webster

9. Swallow - John Brooks

10. Shenanigans - Bruce Buckheit

11. Frolic - USNA/Quist

12. Flirt - USNA/Buck

(RET) Cara - Michael Kettenbach

(RET) Festive Mood - John Gibson

(RET) Spirit - James Douglass

(RET) Ice Company - Ashby Reardon Jr.

Class III (IOR)

1. Sugar - Scott Allan & Brad Parket

2. Invictus - Bernhard & Leebrick

3. Bludfish - Alan Harqu

4. Driven - Michael Duncan

5. Spindrift - David Saunders

6. Blue Yankee - Robert Towse

7. Slingshot - William Atwell

8. Yellow Jacket - Larry Bulman

9. Caper - Stephen Hiltabidle

10. Alaris - Nicholas Iliff

11. Ramrod - Bert Jabin

12. Orange Blosson - Robert & Todd Johnston

13. By - Benson & Farley

14. Floating Prime - Sweetser & Huffman

(RET) Limit Move - William Wenck Jr.

Class VI (PHRF)

1. Blitz - Eric Smith

2. Havoc - W. Colburn Jr.

3. Sara B - R. Price III

4. Sprite - Rydor & Price

5. Intention 2 - Joel Auerbach

6. Counterpoint - John W. Cane

7. Honey - Alan Frank

(RET) Caper - Steve Sanders

1985 Annapolis-Newport Race (55 Entries)

First to finish - Blade Runner in 77 hours and 47 minutes
First in fleet on corrected time - Silver Star (IOR), Invictus (MHS)

Class I (IOR)

1. Silver Star - D. Clarke

2. Dr. Feelgood - S. Hillman

3. Uptown Girl - James Scott

4. Blade Runner - A. Van Metre

5. Air Mail - D. Saunders

6. Immigrant - W. McAteer

7. That Cat - E. Anderson

8. Flyway - O. Reid

9. Vengeance - Doyle, USNA

10. Hunter - Christman, USNA

11. Wunder Bear - C. Blackwell

12. Fury - Strong, USNA

13. Toscana - E. Swenson

14. Dancer - E. Sydnor

15. Nimbus - J. Brooks

16. Syncopation - J. Georges

Class II (IOR)

1. Gator - T. Wheatley

2. Shenandoah - C. Carra

3. Crecendo - S. Hiltabidle

4. Uh-Oh - C. Smith Jr.

5. Blue Yankee - R. Towse Jr.

6. Faces - L. Martin

7. Auf Gehts - W. Miller

8. Driven - R. Duncan

9. Windquest - J. Defelice

10. Moonlighter - M. O'Neil

11. Slingshot - Dr. W. Atwill

Class III (MHS)

1. Invictus - B. Bernhard

2. Bravo - C. Dolan

3. Donnybrook - J. Muldoon

4. Cinnabar - L. Partida

5. Thorin - R. Terhorst

6. Semper Fidelis - Grieco, USNA

7. Morning Light - Capt. J. Bonds, USNA

8. Constellation - J. O'Donnell

9. Store Bought Woman - E. Steadman

10. Buster Brown - J. Brown III

11. Donalinda - S. Dunbar

12. Aeolus - A. Chiurco

13. Blud Jay - Wilson & Norris

14. Counterpoint - Cdr. J. Cane

15. Sea Witch - E. Lanahan

Class IV (MHS)

1. Quicksliver - Sinnickson & Saylor

2. Gaylark - Dr. K. Smith

3. Bodacious - T. Repplier

4. Anthem - Peter Geis

5. Snow White - Capt. E Shuman III

6. Blue Fish - Alan Harquail

7. Impeccable Chaos - J. Somerset

8. Stinger - C. Smith

9. Festive Mood - J. Gibson

10. Dolphin - D. Goodliffe

11. Allons - G. Anderson

12. Marjorie - R. Cosel Jr.

13. Giant Step - C. Banks

1987 Annapolis-Newport Race (68 Entries)

A race record which stood until 1999 was set in this running of the race by Starlight Express, a Santa Cruz 70. She finished in 53 hours and 31 minutes, beating the previous record of 55 hours and 40 minutes.

Class I (IOR)

1. Starlight Express - B. Eissner

2. Gem - W. Ziegler III

3. Congere - B. Koeppel

4. That Cat - E. Anderson

5. Vengence - J. Duke Jr.

6. Fury - M. Hosken

7. Seahawk - T. Clark

Class IV (IMS)

1. Pirate Twin - D. Flyn

2. Lyra - D. Gregory

3. Prelude - W. Shelhorse

4. Desiree - L. Sitar'

5. Evelution - CAD 1/C B. Brown

6. Synergis - W. Pletcher Jr.

7. Madam X - G. Wilson Jr.

8. Longtail - P. Bell

9. Anejo - W. Wilde

10. Aeolus - A. Chiurco

11. Vixen - G. Cowan

12. Striker - D. Hale

Class II (IOR)

1. Rampage - R. Richmond

2. Phantom - S. Carroll

3. Conspiracy - Cahoots Synd.

4. Euroclass - D. White

5. Rascal - R. McCrane

6. Chablis - J. Veasy

7. Dr. Degage - B. & J. Johnson

(WDN) Jack Knife - J. Greenberg

(WDN) Restitution - W. Simmons Jr.

(WDN) Ciro - De Sole & Zwingel

Class V (IMS)

1. Blue Fish - A. Harquail

2. Crescendo - S. Hiltabidle

3. Invictus - B. Bernard

4. Blitz - E. Smith

5. P.O.S.H. - E. Stoer

6. Anthem - P. Geiss

7. Battlewagon - J. Hanna

8. Stinger - Stinger Syn.

9. Allons - G. Anderson

10. Festive Mood - I. Gibson

11. Shenanigans - B. Buckheit

12. Pollywanna Cracker - L. Kumins

(WDN) Elske - P. Hutchinson

(WDN) Tolerance - R. Duncan

(WDN) Great Shoal - W. Alder

(WDN) Pistol Pete - C. & D. Heller

Class III (IMS)

1. Bravo - J. Dolan

2. Reindeer - E. Smith

3. Morning Light - J. McNerney

4. Hunter - T. Maxfield

5. Thorin - R. Terhorst

6. Donnybrook - J. Muldoon

7. Constellation - A. Calandra

8. Cinnabar - Midn M. Maglin

9. Conquest - L. Zaccardi

Class VI (PHRF)

1. Morpheus - R. Kitz

2. Blue Max - P. Mraz

3. Snow White - E. Shuman III

4. Jamm'd - F. Danovitz

5. Motley - B. Tomasek

6. Morning Star - K. Klotz

(WDN) Fete Accompli - R. Johnson

Class VII (PHRF)

1. Eight Ball - D. Huff Jr.

2. Spirit - J. Douglass

(DNF) Kristine - J. White

(DNF) Bwana - R. Boyle

(DNF) Integrity - H. Meneely Jr.

(WDN) Ludvik - A. Antingri

(WDN) Sea Mouse - A. Barbey

1989 Annapolis-Newport Race (46 Entries)

First to finish - Congere, B. Koeppel, 79 hours and 30 minutes
Corrected time winners - Dragon Fire (IMS), Congere (IOR), and Snow White (PHRF)

Class I (IOR)

1. Congere - B. Koeppel

2. Sea Hawk - Ens. D. Nolan

3. Roll'em - A. Conyway

Class IV (IMS)

1. Insight - Harquail & Johns

2. Seajaw II - W. Demas

3. Bam - G. Smernoff

4. Anthem - P. Geis

5. Saker - T. Kirkpatrick

6. Mustang Sally - S. Gunther

7. Flashdancer - R. Horn

8. 4 Color - A. Perni Jr.

9. Rascal - G. Stricker

Class II (IMS)

1. Encore - J. Dolan

2. Scaramouche - W. Allardice III

3. Reindeer - E. Smith

4. Insurgente - S. Selkirk

5. Conquest - P. Lehardy

6. Donnybrook - J. Muldoon

7. Morning Light - D. Gordillo

8. Chasseur - F. Snyder

9. Cinnabar - Ens. C. Owens

10. Delta-7 - A. Davies

Class V (PHRF)

1. Snow White - B. Shuman

2. Prim - H. Gibbons-Neff

3. Ptarmigan - L. Dickie

4. Jamm'd - F. Danovitz

5. Tigress - R. Waldschmitt

6. Lickety Split - C. Harker

7. Hunter - T. Sandeno

8. Northern Lights - T. Lomax

Class III (IMS)

1. Dragon Fire - D. Elliman

2. Lotus - Lotus Syn.

3. Dauntless - M. Rose

4. Crescendo - S. Hiltabidle

5. Invictus - B. Bernard

6. Fearless - S. Verner

7. Total Eclipse - G. & K. Rossow

8. Hot Spit - J. Capron

9. Soogie-Moogie - 2/C R. Wilcox

10. Striker - D. Hale

Class VI (PHRF)

1. Terrific - O. Tom-Felde

2. La Panacee - E. Rowthers

3. Wisp - A. Turowski

4. Southern Yankee - B. Murray

5. Bwana - B. Boyle

6. Integrity - H. Meneely

1991 Annapolis-Newport Race (55 Entries)

The 473-miles (with 55 boats racing in three IMS and three PHRF handicap classes) saw at least 12 teams, most of who were in Class V PHRF - the smallest boats in the race - withdrawing from the race after experiencing difficulty in heavy weather offshore, followed by a calm near the finish

First over the finish line, at 11:24 p.m. Monday, was New Yorker Bevin Koeppel's Pedrick 82, Congere, the largest boat in the race. This Congere, originally Australian financier Alan Bond's, Drum Beat, was a replacement of the previous Congere, which took line honors in the 1989 Annapolis to Newport Race.

Class I (IMS)

1. Bully - Richard Heffering

2. Congere - Bevin Koeppel

3. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

4. Challenge America - Robert E. Turner IV

5. Guivain - Robert Schyberg

6. First Light - George Wilson

7. Pursuit - Norman Dawley

8. lchiban - Nance Frank

9. Matchless - Buie Sewell

Class II (IMS)

1. High Noon - Arthur Conway

2. Avanti - Frank Schinco

3. Cinnabar - Ens. John Grierson

4. Mischievous - Trey Fitzgibbons

5. Fun - Thomas Closs Jr.

6. Ariel - James Thompson

7. Etoile - Eugene Syndor

(RET) Delta 7 - Allen Davies

Class III (IMS)

1. Rake Hell - Robert O'Connor

2. Swift - Ens. Pete Young

3. Wahoo - Henry Fretz

4. Lively - Ens. Garron Morri

5. Crescendo - Stephen Hiltabidle

6. Flirt - Ens. Rob Glenn

(RET) Bodacious - Ted Repplier

(RET) Shahrazad - John Wenzel

(HNF) Anthem - Peter Geis

(HNF) Insight - Herquail & Johns Syndicate

(HNF) Strike - Russ Hale

Class IV (PHRF)

1. Snow White - Ned Shuman

2. Total Eclipse - Gary & Karen Rossow

3. Caledonian - Peter Gordon

4. Three Cheers -Siemers & Krolak Syndicate

5. Nighthawk - Wayne Fisher

6. lnvictus - Berl Bernhard

(RET) Terrific - Olaf Tom-Felde

(RET) Moxie - George Collins

(RET) Bandana - C. Benson

(DNF) Airborne - Edward Kane

(DNF) Crackerjack - Alan Krulisch

(DNF) Allegra - P. Malinoff

Class V (PHRF)

1. P.O.S.H. - Eric Stoer

2. Valkyrie - Ron Peterson

3. Sails Call - Richard Baucom

(HNF) Jaguar - Eugene Horn

(HNF) Schmaus - Rolfe Glover

(HNF) Wisp - Art Turowski

(HNF) Carousel - Louis Oswald

(RET) Patricia Jane - Earl Linn

(RET) Sea Pup - William Mullan

(RET) Katsura - M. Mintz

(RET) Waranatoo - H. Van Der Woude

(RET) Integrity - Henry Meneely

Class VI (PHRF non-spinnaker)

1. Nine - Thomas Richter

2. Tempest - Henry Pitts

(RET) Katan Ann - Don Ross

1993 Annapolis-Newport Race (55 Entries)

First to finish was Donnybrook (ex-Starlight Express, a Santa Cruz 70 owned by Jim Muldoon, in 64 hours and 20 minutes. Corrected time winners were Foundation (Hinkley 42) owned by Masato Fujimaki, in IMS, and Swift from the US Naval Academy, in PHRF.

Class I (IMS)

1. High Noon - Arthur Conway

2. Reindeer - E. Smith

3. Now - Allen Davies

4. J.A.R.D. Loose - Dick Rohman

5. Sundog - P. & K. Parks

6. Wonder - Stephan Vandyck

7. Guacho - Peter Jordon

8. Aurora - Skip Sheldon

9. Congere - Bevin Koeppel

Class II (IMS)

1. Foundation - Masato Fujimaki

2. Crescendo - S. Hiltabidle

3. Ariel - James Thompson

4. Avanti - Frank Schinco

5. Three Cheers - Siemers & Krolak

6. Rampage - USCGA

7. Constellation - USNA

8. Anthem - Peter Geis

9. Malacara II - Wenceslao Bunge

10. Strange Attraction - James Ramsey

Class III (PHRF)

1. Stormking - Brenton Halsey

2. Jager - Edgar Cato

3. Bandana - Charles Benson

4. Patriot - Patrick Seidel

5. Skimmer - John McDonald

6. Quadrille - Nicolas Brown

7. Insurgent - USNA

8. First Light - George Wilson

9. Cat's Paw - William White

10. Moxie III - George Collins

11. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

Class IV (PHRF)

1. Swift - USNA

2. Lively - USNA

3. Flirt - USNA

4. Vigilant - USNA

5. Incessant - Paul Kaplan

6. Challenge - R. Norris

7. Electra - Andrew Wilson II

8. Lickety Split - Charles Harker

9. Falcon - Sam Snyder

10. Strike - Russel Hale

11. Nirvana - M. Maholchic

Class V (PHRF)

1. Oprion - Mark Stevens

2. Snow White - Ned Schuman

3. Spirit - Andrew Laus

4. Allegra - Perry Moiznoff

5. Upbeat - Owen Smith

6. Asbury McClain - Glenn & Williams

7. Wisp - Art Turowski

8. Southerly - Philip Welsh

9. Cayenne - Antonio Sanpere

10. Tempest - Henry Pitrs

(RET) Patricia Jane - Earl Linn

Class VI (PHRF non-spinnaker)

1. Iretsu - Terry Wanner

2. Avatar - S. Kew

(RET) Bear - David Berry

Foundation – IMS First

1995 Annapolis-Newport Race (54 Entries)

By Bill Wagner, The Capital Newspaper, Annapolis

Every Annapolis-to-Newport race produces a few winners and a few losers and this year's event was no different. Local boats who qualified as winners included Three Cheers, Javelin, Crescendo, True North and Trepidation. Javelin, a Palmer Johnson 77 owned by Chevy Chase resident and Annapolis Yacht Club member Larry Bulman, finished first in PHRF III class and first in fleet on corrected time. It was the first overall victory for Bulman, who has competed in Annapolis-to-Newport since 1963.

Bulman, who won class honors twice (1977, 1979) aboard a Morgan One-Ton, took advantage of Javelin's large sail area to make outstanding time downwind during the Atlantic Ocean portion of the race to finish in three days, 21 hours, 34 minutes and one second. Javelin, a cruiser-racer that was built in 1981, rates well for its size and thus corrected to 3:15:08:46. "We were only the sixth boat out of the bay so I was a bit concerned at that point,'' Bulman said. "But we did everything right in the ocean and really stretched out a lead. We had the big spinnaker up and the breeze was a bit off the water so having a 113-foot mast certainly helped.''

With three spacious staterooms, three heads and a roomy galley/dining area, Javelin probably was the most comfortable yacht in the race. "I like the boat because I can race it and cruise it and enjoy both,'' said Bulman, who bought Javelin last June from a European owner and docks it at Arnie Gay's Yard. "I think one of the reasons for the decline in offshore racing is that the pure racing boats simply aren't comfortable. That's not a problem with this boat.''

True North, a Serendipity 43 owned by Annapolis resident Mark Myers, finished second in PHRF III and fourth in class with a corrected time of 3:15:54:41. It was the first offshore race Myers has entered in the three years he's owned True North, which was built in 1979 and spent several years campaigning in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit. "I was excited about the challenge and I'm pleasantly surprised we did so well,'' said Myers, whose only previous offshore experience came as crew for the Marion-Newport race. "I know it sounds trite, but all the credit goes to the crew. In a distance race you're very reliant on the crew so it's important to make sure you have good people with you.'' Myers was thrilled to have as a watch captain Maine native Ed White, the first person he ever sailed with. Annapolis residents Eric Smith, Shane Zwingelberg and Brad Cole were also aboard.

Crescendo, a Farr 37 owned by Arnold resident Dr. Steve Hiltabidle, won PHRF Class IV and corrected to second in fleet just seven minutes behind Javelin. Dr. Hiltabidle, a veteran of 11 Annapolis-to-Newport races, made decent time out of the Chesapeake Bay compared to most of the fleet. "We went as far east as we could and we picked up a shore breeze that kept us moving a bit while the boats in the middle of the bay were sitting still,'' said Dr. Hiltabidle, current commodore of Annapolis Yacht Club. "Once we got in the ocean we hugged the Virginia shoreline and finally got lifted up toward the rhumb line.'' An inspiring performance was turned in by Trepidation, a Peterson 34 owned by Annapolis native Tom Carrico. Trepidation, the smallest boat in the fleet and just one foot above the minimum length for entry, braved upwards of 20 knot winds in the ocean to finish second in Class V. Angus Phillips, sailing writer for the Washington Post, served as navigator for longtime friend Carrico. Another outstanding effort came from Three Cheers, a J/35 co-owned by Howard Siemers and Joe Krolak. Three Cheers finished second in IMS I and fifth in class.

Donnybrook, the Santa Cruz 70 owned by AYC member Jim Muldoon, didn't fare so well. For the second straight Annapolis-to-Newport Donnybrook was first to finish, but corrected to ninth in IMS I class and 13th in fleet.

Donnybrook had lodged a protest seeking a time reduction for its run-in with a Navy missile testing exercise. Muldoon and crew lost approximately two hours when they were ordered to motor out of a restricted area. Unfortunately the race committee ruled there was no provision for such an incident. Time allowances can only be awarded for yachts that effect a rescue or otherwise provide aid to a troubled vessel.

This year's Annapolis-to-Newport was in effect two races. Race one was an agonizing trip down the Chesapeake Bay that took Donnybrook 28 hours and Trepidation 38. Between Smith Island and the target ships the entire 50-boat fleet had to anchor for several hours to avoid being swept backwards by tide in the totally becalmed conditions. Race two was an exhilarating run up the Atlantic Ocean to Newport that saw most of the fleet flying along under spinnaker for at least 20 hours.

Class I (IMS)

1. Blue Yankee - Robert Towse

2. Wonder - Stephen Van Dyck

3. High Noon - Arthur Conway

4. Guacho - Peter Gordon

5. Now - Allen Davies

6. Suzanne Marie - Gerald Dowling

7. Success - USNA

8. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

9. Etiole III - Eugene Sydnor

Class IV (PHRF)

1. Crescendo - Stephen Hiltable

2. Incessant - Paul Kaplan

3. Snow White - Edwin Shuman II

4. Frogleap - Edwin Muth

5. Blue Max - Paul Mraz

6. Stinger - Freitag & Slifes

7. Lickety Split - Charles Harker

8. Nirvana - Mike Maholchic

9. Jullani - Donald Rappaport

(RET) Iretsu - Terry Wagner

(RET) Marathon - Berl Bernhard

Class II (IMS)

1. Reindeer - E. Smith

2. Three Cheers - Howard Siemers

3. Rampage - USCGA

4. Momentum - Lee Krow

5. Steamboat - USCGA

(RET) Pandora - Gary Kilroy

(RET) Rafinee - Arthur Edwards

(RET) Alix - Lewis Wallner

Class V (PHRF)

1. Nicole - T. DuPont

2. Trepidation - Tom Carrico

3. Obsession - James Ward

4. Dear Friend - Bill Kardash

5. Wisp - Art Turowski

6. Simpatico - William Riley

7. Synchronicity - Colin Golder

8. Rainbow's End - Bill Kirsch

9. Spirit - Bacroiz & Richmond

(RET) Touche - Robert Dickey

(RET) Tempest - Henry Pitts

Class III (PHRF)

1. Javelin - Lawrence Bulman

2. True North - Mark Myers

3. Hissar - Edgar Cato

4. Moxie - George Collins

5. Bang - USNA

6. Zephry 2 - David Shaeffer

7. Bandana - Charles Benson

8. Silent Running - Nicholas Worth

9. Nora y Cristobal - Scott Silver

(RET) Dragon Fly - Jeffrey Klein

(RET) Vamp - Leonard Sitar

1997 Annapolis-Newport Race (45 Entries)

Forty-five boats competed in the 25th running of the Annapolis to Newport race. The first day was a slow beat down the Chesapeake with most boats sitting off the Patuxent River for several hours. The wind finally filled in from the northwest during the evening and built to 20 knots on the nose as the boats left the Chesapeake and rounded the Chesapeake Light. The wind held for another few hours and then went light, to 5-7 knots. It didn’t seem to matter whether boats stayed inshore or went off-shore – most merged together as they got off New York City. Then the wind came from behind, helping the smaller, slower boats catch up. The first boat to finish, Trader, an Andrews 70 from Michigan, arrived in Newport on Tuesday in the early afternoon, followed by Jim Muldoon’s new Donnybrook three hours later. Trader’s elapsed time was just over three days. The last boat finished on Wednesday afternoon, making this race a slow one for the first-to-finish, but a fast race for having all the boats finished by Wednesday afternoon.

Best elapsed time – Trader, Fred Detweiler, Grosse Point, MI
IMS best corrected time – Bingo! (NY 36) , Charles Lea, Portsmouth, NH
PHRF best corrected time – Adventurer, (Gulfstar 44), Arthur Birney, Washington, DC

Class I (IMS)

1. Bingo! - Charles Lea

2. Panther - Jim Rogers

3. Morgan of Marietta - Colin Golder

4. True North - Mark Myers

(RET) Veritas - Philip Hutchinson

(RET) Ariel - James Thompson

Class IV (PHRF)

1. Saber - Constantine Koste

2. Lickety Split - Charlers Harker

3. Sirena - Steven Loeb

4. Incessant - Paul Kaplan

5. Endless Summer - Brian Blank

6. Bandana - Charles Benson

7. Lotus - Andy Schoettle

8. Grayling - R. Born & M. Johns

9. Stormking - Brent Halsey

10. Tiamat - Ted Lepich

11. Maggie - John Bonds

12. Steamboat - USCGA

Class II (IMS)

1. Rampage - USCGA

2. Alix - Lewis Wallner II

3. Bulldog - USNA

4. Reindeer - E. Smith

5. Wonder - Stephen Van Dyck

6. Now - Allen Davies, MD

7. Ptarmigan - Lawrence Dickie

8. High Noon - Arthur Conway

Class V (PHRF)

1. Trader - Fred Detwiler

2. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

3. Moxie - George Collins

4. Pursuit - N. & R. Dawley

5. Javelin - Lawrence Bulman

6. Guacho - Peter Gordon

7. Dragonfly - Jeffrey Klein

8. First Light - A. Laus & J. Dunn

9. Deep Powder - USNA

(RET) Condor - Chris Cannon

Class III (PHRF)

1. Adventurer - Arthur Birney

2. Dear Friend - Bill Kardash

3. Sanderling - Jerry Ormsby

4. Nicole - T. duPont

5. Rendezvous - Rodger Carter

6. Trepidation - Tom Carrico

7. Safari - Charles Schutt Jr.

8. Nirvana - Mike Maholchik

1999 Annapolis-Newport Race (58 Entries)

Chessie Racing Smashes Record


The 1999 Annapolis to Newport fleet started the 52 year old, biennial 473 mile ocean race on a spinnaker run down the 125 miles from Annapolis to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in a gray northeasterly breeze on Saturday, June 12. The leaders cleared the Bay before midnight that evening and were greeted in the Atlantic by 6-8 foot seas and an easterly up to 25 knots. The wind moved to the southeast and then the south, staying brisk and allowing for spinnakers and a record pace to Newport. The race was a far cry from the conditions that have sometimes beset the fleet and a far cry from last December's Sydney-Hobart race. Attached is a New York Times article on the impact of the Sydney Hobart disaster.

George Collins' Chessie Racing, a Santa Cruz 70, stormed across the finish line at Castle Hill light at 12:24 pm Monday, first to finish and shattering the race record. This added another record to the impressive list this yacht already had garnered as Roy Disney's Pyewacket. The previous record of 53 hours and 20 minutes was set in 1987 by another Santa Cruz 70, Starlight Express. Chessie's elapsed time was 47 hours and 45 minutes. Watch captains for Collins were Jim Allsop and Gary Jobson.

Two other yachts also broke the race record, Al Van Metre's Farr 60 Rima and US Sailing President Jim Muldoon's Custom 73 Donnybrook.

Handicap winners were Bill Kardash's CSY50, Dear Friend, in the PHRF Division, and Philip Hutchinson's Frers 46 Veritas, in IMS.

Class I (IMS)

1. *Veritas - Philip Hutchinson

2. *Dawn Treader - Lawrence Cohen

3. *Bingo - Charles Lea

4. *Freebird - Philip Asche

5. Rima - Al Van Metre

6. *Bandana - Charles Benson

7. *Actaea - Constance Cone

8. *Alix - Lewis Wallner II

9. High Noon - Arthur Conway

10. Morgan of Marietta - Colin Golder

11. Guacho - Peter Gordon

12. Snow Leopard - Lawrence Huntington

*= C/R Yacht with 100% dynamic allowance applied to Time Allowance

Class II (PHRF)

1. American Promise - Ens Daniel Tarman

2. Now - Allen Davies, MD

3. Reindeer - E. Smith

4. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

5. Chessie Racing - George Collins

6. Strabo - Martin Fisher

7. Redoutable - Nader Habashi, MD

8. Deep Powder - Ens Matt Severson

9. Javelin - Larry Bulman

10. Bombardino - James Sykes

11. Surface Effects - MIDN 1/C Michael Manicchia

Class III (PHRF)

1. Panther - Jim Rogers

2. Harm's Way - Gugy Irving

3. Celestris - Michael Brennan

4. Maggie - Peter Scheidt

5. Grayling - Rick Born & Mike Johns

6. Bulldog - Ens Stephen Dean

7. Weather Gauge - Stocton Smith

8. Orion - Donald Patterson Jr.

9. Swept Away - Richard Mandell

10. Medicine Man - Charles Kohlerman III

Class IV (PHRF)

1. 'Io - David Mooberry

2. Dolphin - Henry Morgan

3. Incessant - Paul Kaplan

4. Spirit - A. Gregg

5. Swift - Ens Kenyon Kellogg

6. Vigilant - Ens Robert Almeida

7. Falcon - Don Clemens

8. Flirt - MIDN 2/C John Benfield

9. Regatta - Constantine Koste

10. Coyote - Gene Barnhart

11. Lickety Split - Charles Harker

12. Razor's Edge - Frank Kendall

Class V (PHRF)

1. Dear Friend - Bill Karsash

2. Restless - Eric Crawford

3. Sinn Fein - Peter Rebovich

4. Adventurer - Arthur Birney

5. Prim - Henry Neff

6. Shanty Irish - Rick Palleschi

7. Mental Floss - Scott & Dana Barnhart

8. Rendezvous - Rodger Carter

9. Nirvana - Mike Maholchic

10. Murphy - William Snead III

11. Country Woman - John McConnico

12. Dauntless - Donald Godspeed

Chessie Racing

2000s - 2010s

 

2001 Annapolis-Newport Race (62 Entries)

Carrera Smashes Record

First to Finish in the 2001 Race was Carrera, Joseph Dockery's Farr 60 skippered by Chris Larson, which crossed the finish line at 6:58 am on June 18, breaking the race record by approximately 5 hours. Carrera's elapsed time was 42 hours, 58 minutes, 12 seconds. Carrera was followed over the finish line 20 minutes later by Blue Yankee, with Trader and Chessie Racing an hour back. The last boat was finish was Magic, a Hinckley Bermuda 40, in a time of 4 and 1/2 days. Of the 62 boats that started, 42 finished and 20 withdrew.

The weather for this 54th East Coast classic was determined by the remains of tropical storm Allison. Although the race started under sunny skies and a northerly, Allison slowed down and provided plenty of punch for the fleet leaders. Gusts of up to 60 knots were measured onboard Donnybrook who shredded her mainsail, as did JavelinCarrera spent several hours under storm jib and trysail. Meanwhile, the smaller boats were battling violent thundersqualls in the Bay. Most of those that survived the squalls were treated to some outstanding reaching and running up the coast as the wind went from westerly to southerly before softening. Carrera corrected to first in the IMS fleet while George Collins' Farr 52, Chessie Racing, was first on corrected time in the PHRF Fleet.
 

The first ever Gaither Scott Memorial Trophy went to Valkyrie. The award has been established in honor of C. Gaither Scott, longtime chairman of the Annapolis to Newport race committee who died last year at the age of eighty-three. Gaither was a Race Committee Chair for both Annapolis Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, and Past Commodore of AYC. The award is to be given to a boat that accomplished something significant during the race. Ron Ward explained, "There are no criteria, no guidelines. It's a very subjective award and the winner is chosen at the race committee's discretion. We tried to keep in mind what Gaither would have appreciated, what he would have found noteworthy." Kurt Muller's response to receiving the award; " We were absolutely floored. It's a tremendous honor."

Links to more on the 2001 race:
Spinsheet Magazine Report from Carrera
Article from The Capital
Mark Rudiger's Race Story
Scott Award a Stunner for Valkyrie Crew - The Capital
Awards Ceremony Photos

IMS

1. Carrera - J. Dockery

2. Blue Yankee - R. Towse

3. Canvasback - D. Croker

4. *Aura - B. Kardash

5. *Somerset - W. Alder

6. *Orion - D. Patterson

(DNF) *Veritas - J. Hutchinson

(DNF) Javelin - L. Bulman

(DNF) *Windwalker - C. Cullen

(DNF) Conspiracy - R. Werdiger

(DNF) *Dawn Treader - L. Cohen

* = C/R Yacht with 100% dynamic allowance applied to Time Allowance.

PHRF I

1. Chessie Racing - G. Collins

2. Trader - F. Detwiler

3. Reindeer - N. Smith

4. Vamp - L. Sitar

5. Shazam - J. Driver

6. American Promise - L. Marrero

(DNF) Donnybrook - J. Muldoon

(DNF) Sjambok - M. Brennan

PHRF II

1. Pursuit - N. Dawley

2. Bandana - C. Benson

3. Grayling - Born & Johns

4. Rampage - L. Nagitka

5. Tonic - M. Myers

6. Maggie - P. Scheidt

7. Air Mail - T. Carrico

8. X - Citation 2 - C. Slaymak

9. True Love - K. Oberle

10. Trident - E. Fisher

(DNF) Arion - R. Evans

(DNF) Bulldog - E. Walsh

PHRF III

1. Flirt - R. Hasting

2. Dolphin - H. Morgan

3. 'Io - D. Mooberry

4. Regatta - C. Koste

5. Lively - M. Smith

6. Iretsu - C. Jeffrie

7. Lickety Split - C. Harker

8. Falcon - D. Clemens

9. Choucas 2 - F. Cosandy

(RAF) Georges II - Dehler 39

(DNF) Swift - K. Buchina

(DNF) Incessant - P. Kaplan

(DNF) True Blue - L. Perry

PHRF IV

1. Valkyrie - K. Muller

2. Spirit - J. Gregg

3. Rendezvous - R. Carter

4. Adventurer - A. Birney

5. Foxfire - P. Brechte

6. Battlewagon - J. Hanna

7. Sanderling - J. Ormsby

8. Actaea - M. Cone

9. Copy Cat - R. Cochran

10. Magic - E. Weinste

11. Avatar - J. Kedzier

(DNF) Country Woman - J. McConnico

(DNF) Mary - D - F. Adler

(DNF) Thunder - C. Kineke

(DNF) Godspeed - R. Dierdor

(DNF) Sabredancer - T. Hitschl

(DNF) Red Admiral - M. McConne

(DNF) Shanty Irish - R. Palleschi

Carrera

Valkyrie

Bobby and Kurt Muller
Winner of PHRF III and 3rd overall in PHRF Fleet

2003 Annapolis-Newport Race (56 Entries)

After the noon start, the fleet beat down the Bay in a light, but building, southerly. The first of the thunder storms arrived late in the afternoon with strong winds and a blinding downpour. Jim Muldoon's Donnybrook lost all of her electronics in the second storm to roll through. All of the fleet cleared the Bay only to be faced with a wind shift to the northeast that rapidly built to a sustained 25 with gusts to 30 knots. Nine boats withdrew with a variety of equipment problems, but no injuries.

Having endured some intense storms and maddening calms, Donnybrook was the first to cross the finish line at Castle Hill Lighthouse. It was the fourth time Jim Muldoon was first to finish the 473-mile race. However, Donnybrook's elapsed time of 75 hours, 48 minutes, 36 seconds made this year's Annapolis-Newport the slowest since 1989. First in fleet on corrected time was Charles Engh' s Swan 68, Y2K.

Long time Annapolis to Newport racer, Jim Thompson, Ariel, became second recipient of the Gaither Scott Memorial Trophy awarded by the race committee.

PHRF I

1. Y2K - Charles Engh

2. Sjambok - Michael Brennan

3. Donnybrook - Jim Muldoon

4. Vamp - Leonard Sitar

5. Nasty Medicine - Larry Seemans

6. Now - Austin Edison

7. Upgrade - Peter Gibbons-Neff

8. Next Wave - R. Seaver

9. Peningo - Alexander Vietor

(DNF) Reindeer - Newbold Smith

(DNF) First Light - Andre Laus

(DNC) Bright Star - Danny Nystrom

PHRF IV

1. Valkyrie - Bob Muller

2. Sinn Fein - Peter Rebovich

3. Nicole - T. duPont

4. Thunder - Charles Kineke

5. Actaea - Mike Cone

(DNF) Kamerton - Minay Gopenko

(DNF) Andrea - Einar Haukeland

(DNF) Spirit - Rob Imbriale

(DNF) Healing Power - Steve Braunstein

PHRF II

1. Ariel - James Thompson

2. Promises - Larry Kumins

3. Windborn - Jim Born

4. Tonic - Mark Myers

5. Le Cygne - Don Chapman

6. Dame Blanche - Othmar von Blumencron

7. Georges II - Sylvan Chaix

8. Diva - Brock Eckel

9. Bandana - Coard Benson

10. Despedida - Nicholas Cannistraro

11. Pursuit - Norman Dawley

12. Hot Pepper - Alan Grossman

13. Bear - Chris Condit

14. Air Mail - Tom Carrico

15. American Flyer - Dan Schneider

16. Inphase - Ben Willens

(DNF) Dirigo - Eric Johnson

(DNF) Maggie - Peter Scheidt

(DNC) Steamboat - Lexi Chesry

(DNC) Fierce Pride - Van Holston

PHRF III

1. Gaylark - Kaighn Smith

2. Dolphin - Henry Morgan

3. Safari - Charles Schutt Jr.

4. Spirit - John Gregg

5. Razor's Edge - Frank Kendall

6. Vigilant - Kris von Krueger

7. Wharf Rat - Paul Ryan

8. Io - David Mooberry

9. Akela III - Djoerd Hoekstra

(DNF) Flirt - Travis Wood

(DNF) Lickety Split - Chuck Harker

(DNF) Falcon - Don Clemens

Donnybrook

2005 Annapolis-Newport Race (48 Entries)

Race conditions were better than predicted before the start, with consistent southerlies prevailing over the race course. Competitors experienced a 10-15 knot upwind leg down the Chesapeake Bay and a downwind leg in breezes of 10-28 knots up the Atlantic seaboard to the mouth of the Narragansett Bay.

Jim Muldoon's Donnybrook was first to finish, but well off the course record. Michael Brennan's TP 52, Sjambok, corrected over her for first in the 23 boat IRC Fleet. In the 25 boat PHRF Fleet, Nicole Weaver, Euro Trash Girl was first on corrected time.

There were several firsts for the race. GPS transponders were provided to each boat and near real time tracking on the internet allowed all to follow the race. Six teams of four yachts each competed for a new trophy presented by the Mayor of Annapolis for yacht club teams. The winner was Annapolis Yacht Club, represented by Jim Muldoon, Donnybrook; Ed Freitag, Downtime; Bob Muller, Pamlico, and Larry Bulman, Yellow Jacket.

The race committee awarded the Gaither Scott Memorial Trophy to Henry Morgan, Dolphin.

For more on the 2005 race:
Line Honors
Wrapup

IRC I

1. Sjambok - Michael Brennan

2. Yellow Jacket - Lawrence Bulman

3. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

4. Agincourt - LT Gregory Hall

5. Hellcat - MIDN 1/C Chris Canales

6. Tonic - Mark Myers

7. Mameluke - Greg Storer

8. Dawn Treader - Lawrence Cohen

9. Amelia 3 - Jeff Hughes

(DNF) Raider - David Ross

PHRF I

1. Euro Trash Girl - Nicole Weaver

2. Flying Jenny V - David Askew

3. Windborn - Richard Born

4. Pamlico - Bob Muller

5. Reindeer - E. Smith

6. American Promise - MIDN 1/C Jeff Parker

7. Sirena - Ron Wilson

8. Bandana - Charles Benson

9. Amadeus - Bill Stevenson

10. Lanikai - David Kim

11. Air Mail - Tom Carrico

12. Reveur - Peter Scheidt

13. Oscar - Donna Schlegel

(DNF) Now - Allen Davies MD

IRC II

1. Honahlee - H. DeVore

2. Dame Blanche - Othmar von Blumencron

3. Ariel - James Thompson, MD

4. Googolplex - Colin Rath

5. Moon Racer - Ken Comerford

6. Downtime - Ed Frietag

7. Regattta - Constantine Koste

8. Upgrade - Peter Gibbons-Neff

9. Morgan of Marietta - Colin Golder

10. Fairweather - Ken Sawyer

11. Renewal - Paul Murray

12. Cheers - Richard Walker

13. Intrepid - Sean Saslo

PHRF II

1. Dolphin - Henry Morgan

2. Lively - MIDN 1/C Joe Dyckman

3. Akela III - Djoerd Hoekstra

4. Wharf Rat - Paul Ryan

5. Actaea - Michael Cone

6. Glory Days - Mike Nestor

7. Razor's Edge - Frank Kendall III

8. Sabrina - Richard Kinard

(DNF) Bienestar - Ned Dunham

(DNF) Tarka - F. Sieling III

(DNF) Touche - Robert Dickey

Donnybrook

Gaither Scott Memorial Trophy presented to Henry Morgan by AYC Commodore Mark Myers

2007 Annapolis-Newport Race (56 Entries)

The race started Friday in a 10-12 knot southerly which built to 20 knots as the fleet beat down the Bay. Tropical storm Barry was lurking off the Georgia coast. On Saturday afternoon the National Weather Service predicted Barry would move up the East Coast, passing over the Chesapeake Bay Sunday afternoon, and passing north of Newport by Monday afternoon. Position of individual boats relative to the storm center strongly impacted the conditions entrants experienced. The lead boats got out of the Bay in front of the storm and enjoyed a spinnaker run up the coast in about 20 knots. The second half of the fleet received forecasts that up to 60 knots would be possible after they exited the Bay. That forecast influenced a 

number of boats to retire. Many boats in this part of the fleet reported gusts to 40 knots and 10 foot seas.

First to finish was Decision, Stephen Murray's Reichel Pugh TP-52 from New Orleans. Decision had been in a tight battle with Jim Muldoon's Donnybrook and Michael Brennan's Sjambok most of the way up the coast, finally passing Donnybrook by taking a hitch inshore for more wind. Brennan's Reichel Pugh 45, Sjambok, however corrected to first in the 18 boat IRC Fleet. Henry Morgan repeated his 2005 class win and this time corrected to first in the 36 boat PHRF Fleet.

Nine 3-boat teams representing their yacht clubs competed for the Mayor of Annapolis Yacht Club Challenge Trophy. The winning team was Dolphin, Henry Morgan; Grey Ghost, Phil Parish; and Upgrade, Peter Gibbons-Neff, representing the Cruising Club of America.
 

A new feature of the 60th anniversary edition of the Annapolis to Newport Race was the addition of a Double-Handed class. In a challenging race where 21 of 56 starters withdrew, Mark Myers and crew Andy Hughes completed and won their first double-handed event sailing the Swan 51 Tonic. Myers was awarded the C. Gaither Scott Trophy at Wednesday's Awards Ceremony at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, RI.

PHRF I

1. Flying Jenny V - David Askew

2. Windborn - Richard Born

3. Pursuit - Norman Dawley

4. Heron - Greg Leonard

5. Antares - David Sharpe

6. American Promise - Ryan England

7. Primal Scream - Steven Stollman

8. Donnybrook - Jim Muldoon

9. Second Wind - Raymond Sullivan

10. Maggie - Peter Scheidt

(DNF) Red Dragon - Chris Bardwell-Jones

(DNF) Air Mail - Tom Carrico

(DNF) X-Citation 2 - Clarke Slaymaker

IRC I

1. Sjambok - Michael Brennan

2. SirenSong - Tom Carroll

3. Decision - Stephen Murray

4. Aquarius - Sam Fleet

5. Dawn Treader - Lawrence Cohen

6. Upgrade - Peter Gibbons-Neff

7. Tomcat - MIDN 1/C Chris Hamilton

8. Xcelsior - Todd LaBaugh

9. Polaris - James Lawsing

(DNF) Diesel 124 - Tate Russack

PHRF II

1. Dolphin - Henry Morgan

2. Swift - Mark McClure

3. Razor's Edge - Frank Kendall

4. Spirit - John Gregg

5. Molto Bene - Richard Ewing

(DNF) Twiga - David Esseks

(DNF) Infrared - Bob Sopka

(DNF) Mystique - Joe Rendzio

(DNF) Bingo - Sean Callahan

(DNF) Akela III - Djoerd Hoekstra

(DNF) Schematic - Bob Fox

(DNF) Wharf Rat - Paul Ryan

(DNF) Ravenous - Ed Poe

(DNF) Privateer III - Thad Bench

PHRF III

1. Grey Ghost - Philip Parish

2. Actaea - Michael Cone

(DNF) Valiant - Mark Duehmig

(DNF) Mistoffelees - John Ferman

(DNF) Sabrina - Capt. Rich Kinard, USNR

(DNF) Yankee Lady - Kirk Fistick

(DNF) Godspeed - Douglas Kinney

(DNF) Touche - Robert Dickey

(DNF) Grace - Larry Snavely

Double Handed

1. Tonic - Mark Myers

2. Ceol Mor - James Wilson

IRC II

1. Glory - Robert Lally

2. Brown-eyed Girl - Scott Dinhofer

3. Downtime - Ed Frietag

4. Valkyrie - David Andril

5. Sonrisa - Chloe O'Rourke

6. Amadeus - Jack Yaissle

7. Kalevala II - Tapio Saavalainen

(DNF) Great Shoal - Walton Alder

Decision

Inaugural Double-Handed Winners

Mark Myers and Andy Hughes

2009 Annapolis-Newport Race (61 Entries)

Under leaden skies and with rain squall after rain squall, the competitors headed south under spinnakers propelled by 12-14 knots of breeze from the northeast. By 0630 the next morning all of the boats had exited the Chesapeake, certainly one of the fastest trips down the Bay in race history. The breeze was still northeast as the fleet entered the Atlantic, so everybody was hard on the wind. Only a few boats tacked onto starboard, heading toward the coast. Most elected to stay on port tack. The fleet stretched from the Chesapeake light tower to Rambler, off Atlantic City, but well east of the rhumb line. The northerly eventually went around to the south and virtually everybody in the fleet struggled with periods of light air.

Rambler, a 90’ maxi owned by George David, competing in her first Annapolis to Newport Race passed the entire fleet before exiting the Bay and finished with an elapsed time of 44 hours, 36 minutes, and six seconds. That is slightly less than two hours shy of the course record of 42 hours, 58 minutes, and 12 seconds, set by Joseph Dockery's Farr 60-footer Carrera in 2001.

Jim Muldoon, Owner/Skipper of Donnybrook a 72.2' custom sloop and the first to finish in 5 previous Annapolis-Newport Races, “It was a great challenge to our sailing skills, we used our entire sail inventory. 440 miles down the course we crossed tacks with Sjambok and he went way inside while we took a more direct route and it paid off”.

The first Service Academy boat to finish was Tomcat, a Farr 53, Skippered by Naval Academy Midshipman Josh Hinshaw. They crossed the line with an elapsed time of 2 days, 18 hours, 22 seconds to win the Service Academy competition. Josh reported, “We screamed down the Bay until we had to head up and put up a jib as we exited the Bay. Saturday was frustrating with close to 4 hours of minimal breeze and even less progress! The wind finally began to fill in from the South and we put up the chute until the last 15 miles or so when we threw up a jib and continued towards the finish line. It was a great trip overall.”

One entry quite unlike the new all out race machines was Prim, a classic beauty. She is a modified Owens 41, entered by Henry Gibbons-Neff. Prim’s first Annapolis to Newport Race was in 1955, sailed by Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr.. 54 years later this was her 12th race. She has two class wins to her credit. Prim has been owned and sailed by the Gibbons-Neff family of Easton, Maryland throughout her career.

The Mayor of Annapolis Yacht Club Challenge was contested by 10 teams. The winning team was the Annapolis Yacht Club Team of Dolphin, Henry Morgan; Flying Jenny VI, David Askew; and Windborn, Rick Born.

The Scott Memorial Trophy was awarded to Nasty Medicine, winner of the Double-Handed Class, skippered by Stephen Sherwin with crew Brian Klippenstein.

PHRF I

1. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

2. Tomcat - MIDN Josh Hinshaw

3. Seawolf - Austin Van Olst

IRC I

1. Rambler - George David

2. Siren Song- Tom Carroll

3. Sjambok - Michael Brennan

4. Vela Veloce - Richard Oland

5. Bella Pita - Jim Grundy

6. Convictus Maximus - Donald Nicholson

7. Orbit - Dod Fraser

(DNS) Anema & Core - Ennio Staffini

IRC II

1. Flying Jenny VI - David Askew

2. Fearless - Shaun Ensor

3. Upgrade - Peter Gibbons-Neff

4. Vamp - Leonard Sitar

5. Glory - Jack Neades

6. Dare-Dare - Paul Fenn

7. Kalevala II - Tapio Saavalainen

8. Shooting Star - Steve Cain

9. Lapin - Christopher Clark

10. Lanikai - David Kim

11. Misty - Craig Allardyce

PHRF II

1. Heron - Greg Leonard

2. Windborn - Richard Born

3. Shinnecock - James Praley

4. Dawn Treader - Lawrence Cohen

5. Dolphin - Henry Morgan

6. Valkyrie - David Andril

7. Primal Scream - Steven Stollman

8. Amadeus - Jack Yaissle

9. Relativity - Hall Palmer

10. Riptide - Gordon Fletcher

11. Defiance - Robert King

12. Integrity - Jason Mazzoni

13. Ricochet - LT Mike Newell

14. Nai'a - Robert Beltrano

15. Freedom - Cary Thomson

16. T-Bone - Bruce Artman

(DNF) VicRic 2 - Jay Ricketts

(DNF) The Jackal - John DeFilippo

PHRF III

1. Bingo - Sean Callahan

2. Spirit - Jack Gregg

3. Regatta - Constantine Koste

4. Schematic - Bob Fox

5. Akela III - Djoerd Hoekstra

6. Swift - MIDN Kenneth Endicott

7. Prim - Henry Gibbons-Neff

8. Diamond in the Rough - Jim Mumper

9. Thunder - Charles Kineke

10. Wharf Rat - Larry Vazzano

11. enerJ - Kenneth Appleton

12. Huck's Finn - Jeff Leigh

13. Actaea - Michael Cone

14. Reprisal - Doug Savage

15. Indigo - Jeffrey Huseman

(DNF) Bonzer - Peter Bauer

(DNF) Razor's Edge - Frank Kendall

(DNF) Kathryn - John Gorski

Double Handed IRC

1. Nasty Medicine - Stephen Sherwin

2. Paladin - Jason Richter

3. Ceol Mor - James Wilson

2011 Annapolis-Newport Race (70 Entries)

For the first time the fleet had an international flavor due to the influx of boats competing in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series. This series is made up of the Transatlantic Race, two races in the Caribbean, the Annapolis-Newport Race, and three after the Transatlantic on the other side of the pond. Twelve boats in the Annapolis to Newport Race were also sailing the Transatlantic. There were entries with home ports in Germany, the UK, Antigua, Australia, and the Cayman Islands, plus eight states ranging from Rhode Island to Louisiana. Among the entries there were a number of boats with the capability to shatter the course record held by Carrera, the Farr 60, of 42 hours, 58 minutes, 12 seconds since 2001. The year Carrera established her record, there were strong northerlies at the start and the remains of tropical storm Allison moving up the coast. Allison overtook the big boats and Carrera reported being under storm trysail for several hours. In 2009 the previous Rambler, a 90’ maxi, also threatened the record. Rain squalls and northerlies resulted in one of the fastest trips down the Bay in memory and the record seemed sure to fall. Light air off Long Island thwarted the attempt. The 2009 Rambler made the run from the start to the Bridge-Tunnel in eight hours and twenty minutes. This year Rambler 100 took nine hours and twenty-eight minutes as light winds in the southern Bay slowed her up. More light air on the trip up the coast prevented her from really showing her speed. She finished first overall, but twenty-two minutes over Carrera's time.

GPS transponders were again carried by each boat. Initiated in 2005 with hourly updates, this year they transmitted boat speed and position every 30 minutes which allowed awarding first out of the Bay trophies in each class. Up until about 20 years ago personnel on the Chesapeake Lightship at the mouth of the Bay reported on the exit status for all competitors but when the lightship was replace by an unmanned tower these awards were discontinued.

The Annapolis Trophy was awarded by the City of Annapolis to the winning team representing the Annapolis Yacht Club made up of Kalevala II - Tapio Saavalainen, Windborn - Rick Born and Vento Solare - Paul Milo. Twelve teams made up of three boats competed for this honor, representing the Annapolis Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Tred Avon Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, Naval Academy Offshore Sailing Team, Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia, and Norddeutscher Regatta Club from Germany, the first European team to enter the race.

PHRF III winner Actaea owned by Michael and Connie Cone was awarded the Gaither Scott Memorial Trophy. The Cones have entered every A2N Race since 1999. Michael Cone upon hearing that they were awarded this distinctive honor accepted on behalf of his wife and crew. “It is an honor to be considered in the same category as Henry Morgan.” Morgan, previously awarded the Scott Trophy in 2005 completed his last A2N race in 2009 on Dolphin at the age of 85 and passed away in May 2011, a couple of days after competing in an AYC Wednesday Night Race at his home Club in Annapolis.

For more on the 2011 race:
Capital Article
Prize List
Wrapup

IRC I

1. Beau Geste - Karl Kwok

2. Rambler 100 - George David

3. ICAP Leopard - Clarke Murphy

4. Jazz - Mike Broughton

5. Decision - Stephen Murray

6. Privateer - Ron O'Hanley

7. Vanquish - All-American Offshore Team

8. Scho-Ka-Kola - Dr. Uwe Lebens

9. Invictus - Louis Henry

10. Flying Jenny 7 - David & Sandra Askew

11. Aurora - Gus Carlson

12. Bella Pita - Jim Grundy

IRC II

1. Varuna - Jens Kellinghusen

2. Shakti - Christoph Avenarius

3. Fearless - Shaun Ensor

4. Reindeer - Tony Parker & Peter Driscoll

5. Upgrade - Peter & Debbie Gibbons-Neff

6. Passion 4 C - Stefan Lehnert

7. Gracie - Steve & Simon Frank

8. Seawolf - Ben Rowe

(DNF) SirenSong - Thomas Carroll

(DNF) Sarah - Gregory Manning

(DNF) Downtime - Ed & Molly Frietag

IRC IIII

1. Christopher Dragon - Andrew Weiss

2. Carina - Rives Potts

3. Vento Solare - Paul Milo

4. Kalevala II - Tapio Saavalainen

5. Cygnette - William Mayer

6. British Solider - Nicholas Bate

7. Morgan of Marietta - Colin Golder

8. Ricochet - Jason LeBlanc

9. Glory - Jack Neades

(DNF) Aspara - Mike Sleightholme

(DNF) Vamp - Leonard Sitar

(DNF) Stormy Weather - Michael Maholchic

PHRF I

1. Sjambok - Michael Brennan

2. Irie - Greg Alden

3. Windborn - Richard Born

4. Heron - Greg Leonard

5. Shinnecock - James Praley

6. Pursuit - Norman Dawley

7. Condor - Bill Fields

8. Amadeus - Jack Yaissle

9. American Flyer - Dan Schneider

10. Brutus - Alan Eland

11. Mazal Tov - Arne Fliflet

(DNF) Donnybrook - James Muldoon

PHRF II

1. Swift - Graham Tyson

2. Integrity - Chester Heer

3. Spirit - Jack Gregg

4. Schematic - Bob Fox

5. Wharf Rat - Larry Vazzano

6. Defiance - Dillon Rossiter

(DNF) Huck's Finn - Jeff Leigh

Double Handed

1. Paladin - Jason Richter

2. Dawn Treader - Lawrence Cohen

3. Next Boat - Mark Ellman

4. Dragon - Michael Hennessy

(DNF) Widow Maker - George Bauer

PHRF III

1. Actaea - Michael Cone

2. Belle Aurore - Doug Jurrius

3. Bingo - Sean Callahan

4. Grey Ghost - Philip Parish

5. Thunder - Charles Kineke

6. Razor's Edge - Frank Kendall

(DNF) Capricious - Mark Rickey

Cruiser

(DNF) Roust - Ian Gumprecht

(DNF) Solstice - Beth Berry

(DNF) Impromptu - Steve Sharkey

(DNF) Dragon - Bill Torgerson

2013 Annapolis-Newport Race (55 Entries)

For the first time in the history of the race, the start was postponed. Tropical Storm Andrea was barreling up the East Coast at about 25 mph and forecast to cross the lower Chesapeake Bay at about the time the fleet would be expected to get there. The Race Committee alerted the fleet on the evening before the start that a weather delay was possible and at 0800 on the morning of the start made the decision to delay the start four hours, from 1200 to 1600. TS Andrea crossed the lower Bay at about 1900 with 40 knots gusting to 50 knots. The first boats in the fleet reached the area near midnight with the wind down to 20-25 knots.

Another first for this edition of the race was the use of an online waiver. This gave the Race Committee emergency contact information for every sailor in the fleet. It also provided emails for every sailor. These were used to get the word out on the delay of the start.

The race started in a 15-18 knot northerly and pouring rain. The order of starts was: PHRF III, PHRF II, IRC III, IRC II, PHRF I, IRC I, D-H. The first withdrawal came during the starting sequence. The PHRF I yacht, Reef Points, was forced to retire when a hydraulic line burst. Reef Points, a Reichel Pugh 60, ex Pyewacket V, requires hydraulics for mainsheet trim amongst other things. A Race Committee boat went over to her to see if she needed assistance. The disappointment was obvious in the voice that came back over the VHF. Within an hour of starting, Brigand, a custom 50 footer, was forced to withdraw with a headstay problem. She was also racing in PHRF I.

Rambler in IRC I sailed by George David, was the first boat out of the Bay at 0121 Saturday, sailing the ~ 120 nm at an average speed of 14.4 knots. First out of the Bay trophies were won by King Daddy, IRC II, 0512 Sat; Cygnette, IRC III, 0657 Sat; Reindeer, PHRF I, 0607 Sat; Maggie, PHRF II, 0729 Sat; Belle Aurore, PHRF III, 0840 Sat and Dawn Treader, D-H, 0727 Sat. By about 0600 on Saturday morning as the smaller boats neared the mouth of the Bay, the fast spinnaker ride was over. The wind dropped and shifted to the South on the backside of TS Andrea. All of the fleet experienced periods of light winds on the ocean leg. Some reporting 24 hours with no progress. Almost all reported this was the wettest race they ever sailed.

George David aboard Rambler won the Annapolis Yacht Club Trophy for best elapsed time for the third race in a row. In each of those races the record seemed within reach when they exited the Bay but light wind on the ocean leg each year meant that Carrera's record from 2001 was not broken. Rambler also won the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron Blue Water Bowl for best corrected time in the IRC Fleet.

The Blue Water Bowl for the PHRF Fleet was won by Mike Cone aboard Actaea.

Ten three boat teams representing their home yacht clubs competed for the City of Annapolis Trophy. The winner was New York Yacht Club represented by Cygnette, William Mayer; Jacqueline IV, Robert Forman and Privateer, Ron O'Hanley.

New this year was the Chelsea Clock Seafarer Trophy for best combined performance in the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race and this year's Annapolis Newport Race. In IRC, the winner was Vamp, Leonard Sitar. In PHRF, the winner was Belle Aurore, Doug Jurrius.

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PHRF I

1. Fireball - Kristen Berry

2. Saykadoo - Steve McManus

3. Velocity - Martin Roesch

4. Pursuit - Norman Dawley

5. Irie - Greg Alden

6. Mazal Tov - Arne Fliflet

(DNF) Shinnecock - James Praley

(DNF) Windborn - Richard Born

(DNF) Brigand - Sean Saslo

(DNF) Condor - Bill Fields

(DNF) Reindeer - Tony Parker & Peter Driscoll

(DNF) Reef Points - Joseph Huber

IRC I

1. Rambler - George David

2. Decision - Stephen Murray

3. Privateer - Ron O'Hanley

4. Corsair - Andy Beeler

5. Donnybrook - James Muldoon

(DNF) Temptation - Oakcliff Santry

PHRF II

1. Flirt - Jonathan Driesslein

2. Huck's Finn - Jeff Leigh

3. Wharf Rat - Larry Vazzano

4. Sleijride - John Gorski

5. Defiance - Aaron Dougherty

6. Schematic - Bob Fox

7. Integrity - Mario Avila

8. Nanuq - Glenn Doncaster

9. Maggie - Peter Scheidt

10. Poco a Poco - Nate Owens

IRC II

1. Vamp - Leonard Sitar

2. Dolphin - Neil McMillan

3. Orion - Paul Milo

4. King Daddy - Travis Firth

5. Persevere - Colin Rath

6. Slide Rule - Scott Bearse

7. Glory - Jack Neadess

PHRF III

1. Actaea - Michael Cone

2. Belle Aurore - Doug Jurrius

3. Solstice - Beth Berry

4. Razor's Edge - Frank Kendall

5. Impromptu - Steve Sharkey

6. Brigadoon - Steve Comstock

(DNF) Sedna - Greg Kyle

(DNF) Akela III - Djoerd Hoekstra

(DNF) Maeve Marie - George Broadbin

IRC III

1. Jacqueline IV - Robert Forman

2. Cygnette - William Mayer

3. Bandana - Charles Benson

4. Widow Maker - George Bauer

5. Crocodile - Scott Ward

6. Kalevala II - Tapio Saavalainen

7. Flying Lady - Phil Dickey

8. Stormy Weather - Michael Maholchic

9. Milky Way - Alexander Natanzon

(DNF) The Jackal - John DeFilippo

2015 Annapolis-Newport Race (71 Entries)

Innovation and Tradition

Several innovations were used for the first time in the 35th biennial edition of the Annapolis-to Newport race. A 2-day start sequence with the slower boats starting on Thursday and the faster boats starting Friday compressed the finish so that the awards ceremony could be held sooner after the boats finished in Newport. Another innovation was the mass combined start of all classes on each day. This made for spectacular spinnaker starts along a nearly ½ mile long starting line. To encourage newer racers to try Ocean Racing, multiple seminars were held leading up to the start on topics such as provisioning, safety, watch standing practices, sail inventory and weather. In addition several “Performance Cruiser” classes were added so that the cruisers could compete against like prepared and experienced boats.

Once off, the traditional mix of inshore and offshore racing coupled with the breeze ranging from calms to gear busting squalls provided the sailors with all they could handle and then some. The J/122 Dolphin, J/111 Bad Cat, Class 40 Bo Dream all sustained mast damage (Dolphin lost hers) and were forced to retire.

Pursuit, a custom 48 footer owned and skippered by Norm Dawley, was first to finish. They started on Thursday and got out of the Bay beating some of the lightest breeze but then were faced with a several hundred mile upwind slog in 18 to 25 knot breeze offshore. The fastest time for the 475 nautical mile course of 2 days and just over 10 hours was posted by Lucky, a custom Rachel-Pugh design that had previously won the Sydney-Hobart race. The overall IRC winner was Carina, the famous McCurdy and Rhodes designed 48 footer skippered by Rives Potts, Commodore of the New York YC. Winning the “big boat” class 1 in IRC was Decision, a Carkeek 40 owned and skippered by Stephen Murray of New Orleans.

The PHRF classes featured extremely close racing with Swift, a Naval Academy 44 skippered by Midshipman Kyle Briggs, just edging out Nanuq, Glenn Doncaster’s Sabre 42 by a mere 90 seconds.

For more on the 2015 race:
Prize List

Cumulative Results

Class Prizes

Cruising I

1. Sea Dacha - Eric Kessler

2. Carina - Will Passano

Cruising II

1. Testing Life - Brian Mulhall

2. Huck's Finn - Jeff Leigh

3. The Office - Joel Aronson

J/120

1. Saykadoo - Steve McManus

2. Shinnecock - James Praley

3. Heron - Greg Leonard

PHRF I

1. Saykadoo - Steve McManus

2. Shinnecock - James Praley

3. Heron - Greg Leonard

PHRF II

1. Swift - Kyle Briggs

2. Nanuq - Glenn Doncaster

3. Indigo - Jeffrey Huseman

ORR

1. Akela III - Roel Hoekstra

2. Actaea - Michael Cone

IRC I

1. Decision - Stephen Murray

2. Black Pearl - Stefan Jentzsch

3. Temptation-Oakcliff - Arthur Santry

IRC II

1. Carina - Rives Potts

2. Music - James Blakemore

3. Orion - Paul Milo

Classic/Corinthian

1. Alaris - Mike Cranfield & Nick Illiff

2. Solstice - Beth Berry

Double Handed

1. That's Ridiculous - Kenneth & Matthew Nilsen

2. Pegasus - Hartmut Ludwig

Class 40 Double Handed 

1. Visit Brussels - Michael Kleinjans

2017 Annapolis-Newport Race (52 Entries)

Annapolis to Newport 2017 – A Record Breaker

The 37th biennial edition of the Annapolis-to Newport race started on June 2nd in a light to medium NW breeze under partly cloudy skies with the expectation of bigger breezes to come in the ocean. Starts were scheduled over two days with the slower boats starting on Friday and the faster boats on Saturday. The split start allowed all competitors to finish the race by Tuesday evening, with time to spare before the awards party held Wednesday afternoon at historic Harbor Court, the Newport home of the New York Yacht Club. A blustery northwesterly greeted the racers in the Atlantic providing true offshore conditions for the last several hundred miles of the race allowing Warrior, Stephen Murray Jr.s’ modified Volvo 70, to set a new course record of 40 hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds, win line honors and take home the trophy for lowest elapsed time of a monohull.

“Performance Cruiser” classes were once again welcomed to allow true cruisers to compete against like prepared and experienced boats. In an attempt to provide the fairest and best handicapping for the PHRF classes, the Annapolis-to-Newport Race organizers continued the approach of assigning PHRF ratings specifically created for the 475-nautical mile course, which begins off Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay and finishes at the mouth of Narragansett Bay. To provide ratings, a consortium comprised of PHRF handicappers from four regions of the country developed initial handicaps, then worked closely with the US Sailing Offshore Office to refine the ratings using a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP). The success of the approach was borne out by the tight corrected times among classes regardless of type or manufacturer.

As the boats rounded the Chesapeake Light Tower and headed north, the course took them through the waters off NASA’s Wallop’s Island Test site, which are normally open but can become closed during a missile launch. Unbeknownst to the racers, a launch had been scrubbed for several days in succession due to inclement weather and was ready to go. As the boats entered into the Wallop’s Island area, the countdown was proceeding and the NASA Range Safety Officer suddenly noticed numerous unexpected AIS signals. One of the signals was from a J/120 named Rocket Science so naturally NASA radioed it's skipper, Rick Oricchio who, although not actually a rocket scientist, was able to explain that there was a race underway and directed the NASA officials to the Race Committee. They in turn assured the NASA folks that the racers would soon be through the area. As it turned out, weather again caused a delay and the successful launch didn’t occur until several days later.

The overall IRC winner and winner of IRC 1 was Black Pearl, a Carkeek 47 skippered by Stefan Jentzsch. The winner of IRC 2 was Orion, Paul Milo’s J/122. Winner of the IRC Racer/Cruiser division was Christopher Dragon, a Kerr 43 owned and sailed by Andrew and Linda Weiss. The overall PHRF winner and winner of PHRF 1, was Jeroboam, a modified Farr 400 skippered by Laurent Givry. PHRF 2 was won by Rosalita, a J/109 skippered by Rick Hanson and the winner of PHRF 3 was Nanuq, a Sabre 42 skippered by Glenn Doncaster. The J/120 subclass was extremely close with Jimmy Praley’s Shinnecock taking the win, but with all 5 competitors finishing within less than an hour and a half after 475 miles of racing! Winning the Performance Cruising class was Orion, Jon Opert’s Hanse 371.

The United States Naval Academy won the Yacht Club Challenge team trophy with the trio of Hooligan, a TP52 skippered by MIDN Theodore Papenthien, and the Navy 44s Gallant (MIDN Robert LaGuardia) and Integrity (MIDN Chris Cantillo). Hooligan also won the SURFLANT Prize, the Gerber Cup and the Cary Arthur Memorial Trophy.

The Youth Challenge Trophy was won by Oakcliff Racing Class 40 as the best finisher with a minimum of three crew members under the age of 25. Kenai (J/44) and Heron (J/120) won the James Allsopp Chelsea Seafarer Trophy in the IRC and PHRF divisions, respectively; the prize is awarded to the boat with the best combined performance in the most recent Newport Bermuda Race and the current Annapolis Newport Race.

The C. Gaither Scott Trophy, awarded in the discretion of the Race Committee to a boat which has demonstrated the spirit of Corinthian Competition, was won by the Beneteau 36.7 Pegasus, sailed by the father-and-son team of Hartmut and Welf Ludwig, who finished third in IRC2, despite sailing double-handed against fully-crewed boats.

For more on the 2017 race:
Prize List

Cumulative Results

2019 Annapolis-Newport Race (52 Entries)

A Tactical Thrash to Windward - Bruce Bingman, PRO

The 38th biennial edition of the Annapolis to Newport race started in a light to medium Easterly breeze under cloudy skies with the promise of bigger breezes to come in the ocean.  The 2-day starting sequence with the slower boats starting on Friday and the faster boats starting Saturday was again used which allowed all boats to finish by Tuesday evening in time for the awards party Wednesday afternoon in the At The Deck Restaurant on Waite’s Wharf.

 

A howling northerly with wind whipped waves greeted the racers in the Atlantic, providing testing offshore conditions for the last three hundred twenty five miles of the race. The largest entry, Prospector, a Mills 68, lost her rig about 50 miles after leaving the Bay while heading into the northerly. Three boats dropped due to a variety of gear and steering failures while several others turned back due to severe seasickness resulting in incapacitated crews. Despite the rugged conditions, tactics played a key role in determining the winners. The winning tactic was to drive on port tack offshore until you could fetch Block Island on a single long starboard tack. La Defonce, the new Beneteau Figaro 3 sporting foils and competing in the double handed class, went even further east to take advantage of some Gulf Stream push and a slightly reaching course so their foils could come into play. Their aggressive tactics rewarded them with a first to finish of all Friday starters and the Fleet overall, as well as a first in class and the prestigious Gaither C. Scott Trophy for Corinthian Spirit. 

 

The winning Naval Academy boats on both the Friday start (the slower Navy 44s) and the Saturday start (the Farr 40s) used similar tactics, with the Farr 40s virtually match racing each other up the East Coast. The Navy 44 Gallant, skippered by MIDN Christian Hoffman, won first overall in ORC and was awarded the Chip Thayer Trophy for the fastest elapsed time of a non-foiling monohull among the Friday starters. The Navy  Farr 40 Ranger, skippered by MIDN Hayden Kuzemchak won its class and was narrowly defeated for best elapsed time among Saturday starters by Chris Schoen’s XP-44, Phantom, which had the best elapsed time in fleet and won the Magruder Trophy. No Surrender, a J-120, had the best elapsed time among the PHRF entries and, sailing with three College of Charleston offshore team members aboard, also won the Youth Challenge trophy. The United States Naval Academy won the team trophy with the trio of Zephyr, a  Farr 40 and the two Navy 44s Gallant and Defiance.

 

“Performance Cruiser” and “Classics” Divisions were offered again so that true cruisers and older vessels could compete against like-prepared and experienced boats. Winners of the classes were a Frers 45, Divide by Zero in Performance Cruising and a 60+ year old S&S Yawl, Revonoc, in the Classic Division. In an ongoing effort to provide the fairest handicapping possible for all the PHRF classes, the Race organizers employed PHRF ratings tailored to the 475-nautical mile passage. To provide the ratings, a consortium of PHRF handicapping experts from the four regions of the country most likely to produce entries developed initial handicaps, then worked closely with the US Sailing Offshore Office to refine them using a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) based on the typical course configuration and conditions for the Race. The success of this approach continues to be shown in tight corrected times among the well sailed boats regardless of type or manufacturer.

For more on the 2019 race:

Prize List

Cumulative Results

2020s - 2030s

 

2021 Annapolis-Newport Race (to be raced)

Rambler

Nasty Medicine

Pursuit