Rima2 wins Vineyard Trophy

 

 

The crew of Rima2 receives the Vineyard Trophy from Stamford YC commodore Hiro Nakajima, right.

The crew of Rima2 receives the Vineyard Trophy from Stamford YC commodore Hiro Nakajima, right.

Stamford, Conn., August 31, 2008 – Rima2, The Reichel Pugh 55 sailed by John Brim of New York YC, is winner of the 2008 Vineyard Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the boat racing in the IRC division that finishes with the best corrected time over the 238-mile race.

With more boats crossing the finish line Sunday afternoon several class winners were also announced. Galadriel, the Swan 46 sailed by John Santa of Pequot YC, was named winner of IRC 2. Avalanche, Craig Albrecht’s Farr 395 out of Port Washington YC, won IRC One. Mireille, Hewitt Gaynor’s J 120, won the IRC Doublehanded class as well as the Doublehanded Ocean Racing Trophy for his performance over the entire sailing season.

The 74th running of the Vineyard Race, hosted by the Stamford YC and sponsored by Vineyard Vines, faced slow going for the past several days until Sunday morning when the breeze filled in. As of 1800 Sunday there were 17 boats still out on the course.

Boats that crossed the finish line off Stamford since noon today:

Avalanche
Magic
Orbit
Vamp
Mireille
Rocket Science
Galadriel
AVRA
Lora Ann
Soulmate
Elan

The Stamford YC race committee has also heard from the following boats today which have retired.

Next Boat
Alibi
Cabady
Second Wind
Fearless
Dragon
Thula
Merlin

Full results are being posted at http://www.yachtscoring.com.

The Vineyard Race was started in 1932 and is one of the top ocean-racing events of the season. It is the final qualifying race of the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy and the New England Lighthouse Series.

Winners will be honored at a special ceremony Monday at noon at the Stamford Yacht Club.  

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