Chris Culver and "BLAZER" Set a High Bar at the 163rd NYYC Annual Regatta Presented by Rolex

A glorious race day unveiled itself in Newport (RI) on this first day of windard/leeward racing today for eight Swan 42s.  Three races were completed on W-4 courses ranging from 1.2-1.5 nm windward legs with 10-12 knots.  

Chris Culver and BLAZER took all three bullets with convincing wins in all races.  The starts were superb.  "The crew work was absolutely outstanding and they did an awesome job today," said Culver.  "I take my hat off to them because they did such a great job", he added.  

BLAZER is one of the three NYYC entries competing for the one NYYC entry at the NYYC Rolex Invitational Cup in September. 

John Hele's DARING had an excellent day with a 2-3-2.  Paul Zabetakis and IMPETUOUS are currently in third place with a 4-2-7 and tied with Roger Widmann's QUINTESSENCE with a 5-4-4.

In IRC3, Linc Mossop's THE CAT CAME BACK won Race 2. 





"Daring" Wins the Around-the-Island Race in Newport

Today marked the start of the 163rd NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex.   Eight Swan 42s competed today in the almost 20nm Around-the-Island Race around Conanicut Island.  The start in the bay took the fleet out to Beaver Tail where the winds were 16-18 knots before heading to the Jamestown Bridge. 

John Hele's DARING finished 1st with Royal Thames Yacht Club's MUTINY, helmed by John Greenland, 2nd, and Ken Colburn's APPARITION was 3rd.

"It was a beautiful day with close racing as always with the Swan 42.  MUTINY (Royal Thames Yacht Club) led most of the way around the island with DARING and APPARITION in second and third respectively", said John Hele.   "Close to the Newport Bridge and near the finish line a wind shift allowed DARING to jump to the lead and finish just ahead of MUTINY.   It was a great day thanks to the NYYC", he added.  
In addition to the First Place award, DARING along with Stephen Murray's WARRIOR, won the Rolex Cup for the two-boat team best combined score in IRC from a club other than the NYYC - the winning club of the Imperial Poona Yacht Club.
Linc Mossop's THE CAT CAME BACK finished 2nd in IRC 3.
Racing continues Saturday and Sunday with windward leeward races.


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