From the archives — two in a row for La Forza

nyt-1974In the mid 70s one boat was at the center of attention on Long Island Sound. With its black hull and outgoing owner, La Forza del Destino, took home a lot of hardware. In 1974 she won her second Vineyard Race in a row.

As reported in the Sept. 3, 1974 issue of The New York Times:

Representing Storm Trysail Club, (Norm) Raben took the Vineyard Trophy for the second year in a row. In winning first in Class A and fleet, Raben’s sloop finished ahead of 96 entries in six classes at 11:29 A.M. yesterday. A mere cumulative 30 seconds in front of Paul Hoffmann’s Thunderhead and John Potter’s Equation, she had a corrected time of 38.61 decimal hours.

Charisma, a 56-foot custom-designed sloop owned by Jesse Phillips of Columbia Y.C., Dayton, Ohio, won the prestigious NORT Trophy for outstanding performance in four major distance races of the Northern Ocean Racing Series, including the Vineyard.



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