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Longtime SA’er and Annapolis bowguy extraordinaire Owen Miller grabbed this overhead shot of the all-conquering Grundoon after her big win..  James Grundy went back to his classic Columbia 50 (after a mostly frustrating experience in his Carkeek 47) to get the big time silverware, taking first in class and first overall in the Bermuda Race.

The first year of multihull action at the Bermuda Race was mostly embarrassing thanks to Race Organizers rejecting the entry of the record-setting ORMA 60 ARETE. Yes – you read that right: this committee at the Crusing Club of America told the owner and designer of a well-maintained and raced version of one of the most lauded racing classes ever that he couldn’t enter a one-day long race to Bermuda from Newport.  A boat designed and built in 2003 (by one of the world’s most experienced ocean racing designers) to cross the Atlantic Ocean with just one or two sailors aboard simply ‘didn’t meet the race requirements’ for ocean worthy boats.

We try to never overestimate the uselessness of the bluehairs that seem to run racing up in the NE, but this decision was one of the oddest we’ve seen.  Is it possible they were protecting the 3 New York Gunboat owners from racing against a real racing multihull?  Meanwhile, only one of the three Gunboats seemed to be actually racing: Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis beat in two other 60′ Gunboats – including a sistership – by one and a half days on a 3 day race.  In the world of the CCA, this is apparently known as progress…

Meanwhile, in a seriously touchy-feely moment for us, the Mudratz won their class too.  We’ll have more on them later this week.


June 21st, 2018 by admin

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Jonathan Green from the Jeroboam is back to update y’all with some Newport-Bermuda action from the double-handed fleet. The race starts today.  Here’s a weather analysis, here’s a tracker, and here’s the thread.

The Newport Bermuda Race, the “Mt Monadnock” of sailing, begins tomorrow with the first class going off at 1300. Shorthanded racing is slowly gaining popularity here in the US and this year’s double handed division has 21 boats ready to go, but this is a far cry from the ~30 that applied for entry.

10360552_10202791692451095_5895327350091254888_nWe all know why Dragon won’t be on the line, and skipper Mike “Rail Meat” Hennessey’s in-race forum antics will be miss,  but how and why did all the others drop out? Sure it was only $50 to apply for entry, but we have to assume they all wanted to be there and can’t because they couldn’t get ready in time. More evidence that the first big chunk of any distance race is fought before the starting gun sounds.

It appears the DH division will be split into two classes, as has been done the last several runnings. The first, and slower class will start at 1500 and will be occupied by names we’ve all seen before. Lora Ann and Paladin have been dominating the Long Island Sound short handed scene for the better part of a decade now, the former with at least three Bermuda race DH wins and the latter winning in 2010. But do either of these boats enter Bermuda 1-2, or how about the 2012 Bermuda race winner, Mireille? Nope. Might they be rusty? Probably not, but it’s fun to talk a little smack!

Enter Scott Miller of Resolute and his co-skipper Gust Stringos who each have three Bermuda 1-2s and plenty of Bermuda Races under their belts. Resolute was best in fleet in last year’s 1-2 on combined score and won every other short handed race he entered. The guy’s got momentum and this could well be Resolute’s year.

But there’s plenty of other contenders out there, including Kiva and Alibi, who have plenty of experience on this course and have earned third place showings in 2004 and 2012 respectively. Another entry worth noting is the J111 Eagles Dare, who just rolled off a DH line honors victory at the Block Island race and gave Resolute a run for their money in a couple solo races last summer in Mass & Maine.

The four Class 40s are going to have a hell of time reaching the podium because of their ORR ratings. We all remember 2012 when Gryphon Solo 2 destroyed the DH fleet on elapsed, including all the other Class 40s and still only managed a second place on corrected. No doubt that wasn’t good enough for Joe and he’s planning to do something about it this week, but his biggest challenge might be the rating.

Anyway you slice it, the light air, finesse sailors will have a keen advantage for the first chunk of the race. Best of luck to all.

-Jonathan Green, s/v Jeroboam


June 20th, 2014 by admin