Top ten reasons to participate in the Vineyard Race!

Top ten reasons for doing the VR

Now that you know why you should register for the race, go to Yacht Scoring today to register!

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.