Ken Colburn's Apparition Wins Swan 42 US Nationals
As Sunday dawned, a full 18 points separated Ken Colburn and Apparition from Phil Lotz and Arethusa at the Swan 42 US Nationals, sailed July 14-17 at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. Then spoke Arethusa.
Phil Lotz’s Arethusa won the last two races today and clearly won the final day with a 6-1-1 finish. That left him tied after 11 races at 62 points with Ken Colburn and Apparition, the series leader. However, on the strength of Colburn’s five first-place finishes to Lotz’s two, Colburn was named the winner of the US Nationals. Four points behind Colburn and Lotz was Jon Halbert's Vitesse, fourth was Glenn Darden's and Phil Williamson's Hoss and fifth James Madden's Stark Raving Mad IV. A total of 19 yachts sailed.
On the first day (July 14) the wind was ripping from the north, and the humidity took a well-deserved day off. Apparition staked its claim this day with 16 points in three races; that included two firsts. Next was Bandit, Andrew Kennedy, and then Vitesse. Friday was a light-air day, but Saturday and – especially Sunday – were great days at the races.
Colburn won the 2011 Block Island Race Week in the Swan 42 class as well as in 2009. He also won this class in this year’s New York Yacht Club 157th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. On the strength of his performance there and in the Swan 42 Nationals will be named the NYYC representative to the NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex in September. In the 2011 NYYC Selection Series for the Invitational Cup, Colburn finished 76 points ahead of Lotz, winner of the 2009 Invitational Cup.
The NYYC’s Harbour Court will host 22 yacht club teams – representing 16 nations from six different continents – with racing on NYYC Swan 42s September 10-17.