A record-breaking year for the Vineyard Race

Records are meant to be broken and this year was no exception in the 83rd running of the Vineyard Race, hosted by the Stamford YC over Labor Day weekend.

Six boats beat the elapsed time record of 20 hours, 20 minutes held by Bob and Farley Towse’s Blue Yankee since 2007.


Fujin is the new Vineyard Race record holder. Shown at the start on Sept. 1. (Photo by Charles Barthold)

Fujin, the Bieker 53 cat sailed by Greg Slyngstad out of Seattle Yacht Club, completed the 238-mile course in 15:06:50 and now owns the course record. Warrior, the modified Volvo 70 sailed by the Stephen Murray Jr., and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, now owns the monohull record after finishing in 17:42:09. (Warrior also won the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy for her performance in several long distance races this past summer.)

The four other boats to beat Blue Yankee’s record were Spookie (Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s TP 52), Prospector (the Mills 68 sailed by the Shelter Island YC Transatlantic Team), Nala (Jim Voss’s HH 66) and Tribe (Greg Gigliotti’s Gunboat 62.)

“The Vineyard Race has always been one of the East Coast’s premier events and this year was no exception with 118 entries and a new course record,” said Jonathan Asch, Vineyard Race chairman.

Spookie, sailing out of Noroton Yacht Club, won the Vineyard Lightship trophy for best corrected time for IRC boats.

Gemini, a Hanse 375 sailed by James Coffman of Cedar Point Yacht Club, won the Dotty Lorentzen trophy for best corrected time for boats racing under PHRF. Gemini also won the New England Lighthouse Series, which is the cumulative results of a number of distance races sailed over the entire season.

Full results and details: www.stamfordyc.com



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Who is going to win NORT, DH-ORT and NELS?

CaptureTwo weeks from tonight the annual awards ceremony for the Vineyard Race will take place on the front lawn of Stamford Yacht Club. One of the highlights will be the awarding of three trophies for a successful season of racing in the Northeast.

The Vineyard Race is a mandatory race for all three: the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the Doublehanded Ocean Racing Trophy and the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF).

For the latest standings, click here. Look under event documents/forms.

Welcome back, Carina

Crew of Carina with NORT trophy at 2010 awards ceremony at Stamford YC.

Crew of Carina with NORT trophy at 2010 awards ceremony at Stamford YC.

We just received word that Carina, the 48′ McCurdy and Rhodes aluminum sloop, is back.

After her successful effort in the 2010 Vineyard including winning the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy, owner Rives Potts took her around the world to race in the Fastnet and Sydney Hobart races. Rich DuMoulin, owner or Lora Ann, wrote a great piece about that campaign. Click here.

One great excerpt:

The Carina plan was to practice in the spring of 2011, racing the Block Island Race, Annapolis to Newport Race, and New York Yacht Club Regatta. Then we would do the Transatlantic Race 2011 and the Fastnet Race. For the Fastnet we also invited our British friend David Aisher, and from Newport the redoubtable Kiwi Chris Bouzaid. However, our plan was about to grow. In the fall of 2010, I was thinking that I had sailed almost every ocean race in the world, but never a Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. I emailed Rives: “When we finish the Fastnet in England, we are almost in Australia. Let’s do Sydney Hobart!”

A reason to race

Northern-Trophy-LRThere are many reasons to race the Vineyard Race but one extra one is due to the generosity and sponsorship of Chelsea Clock.

This year, as they did last year, they will be presenting a ship’s bell clock to the winner of the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy. They will also present a similar clock to the winner of the Vineyard Trophy given to the boat with the best corrected time in IRC.