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Twenty Hundred Club launches 78th season with Bridge Fiasco

By Chris Szepessy

Twenty Hundred Club launches 78th season with Bridge Fiasco

By Robyn Earley, 20HC Commodore   The Twenty Hundred Club (20HC) hosts seven races a year including island circumnavigations, destination races and unique formats that challenge sailors to exercise their navigation and strategic prowess on the water. Twenty Hundred Club was started in 1946 by a group of racers who felt that the true test of sailing was found outside traditional buoy-to-buoy races. The Bridge Fiasco race, inspired by San Francisco’s Three Bridge Fiasco, starts just south…

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Edgartown Race Weekend Attracting a Good Mix

By Barby MacGowan

Edgartown Race Weekend Attracting a Good Mix

A strong return of past participants and an energetic influx of new teams (over 30%) says a lot about Edgartown Race Weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, coming up June 20-22. The event endears itself to veterans and newcomers alike with varied distance racing, including Saturday’s ’Round-the-Island Race (’RTI) – one of the oldest distance races in this country – and the preceding Thursday/Friday’s ’Round-the-Sound Races (’RTS), which are separately scored and a keen tune-up for Saturday, not to mention…

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2024 AYC Spring Regatta Recap

By Chris Szepessy

2024 AYC Spring Regatta Recap

The 2024 American Yacht Club Spring Regatta wrapped up three solid days of sailing May 3 – 5, with Friday’s coastal race leading into the weekend’s mix of windward-leeward and coastal courses. On Friday, five classes (ORC, PHRF 1-3, and PHRF Non-Spinnaker) hit the starting line. PRO Nick Everett set up three courses ranging from 9.5nm to 18.5nm. The sailors finished off the day in full sunshine, hanging out on the club lawn with a band and…

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Locher, Weiss, Sykes & Aven win the 69th Edlu Race

By Chris Szepessy

Locher, Weiss, Sykes & Aven win the 69th Edlu Race

Story & photos by Buttons Padin Larchmont Yacht Club’s annual distance race, the Edlu Race, was sailed without a hitch on Saturday, May 11, compared to last year when this venerable event was abandoned after an extended postponement due to lack of wind. This 32-mile annual event saw forty-six boats crossing the line ranging from flat-out ORC racers to PHRF club racers, J/88s sailing as one-designs, and doublehanders. With a nearly east/west racetrack on western Long Island…

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Essex Yacht Club Sam Wetherill Trophy Race 2024

By Chris Szepessy

Essex Yacht Club Sam Wetherill Trophy Race 2024

Essex Yacht Club’s seventy-second Wetherill Race was sailed May 17-18. With a strong northeasterly to easterly breeze blowing through most of the race, this year’s event was exciting. The Line Honors boat, Frank Flores’ Neo 430 Rhumb Runner, finished the 140-mile course in less than 19 hours, the quickest run since the race course was lengthened in 2021 to run from the mouth of the Connecticut River to Gay Head on Martha’s Vineyard and back, leaving Block…

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Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge is August 10

By Chris Szepessy

Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge is August 10

With the biggest amateur sailing prize on the East Coast up for grabs, the Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge will again take place on Saturday, August 10. This event was the brainchild of the iconic Rob Roden, founder and publisher of the Captain’s Guide, who passed away in August 2018 just weeks before the inaugural event. Carried on by his wife Theresa, the race is held on beautiful Peconic Bay at the East End of Long Island.     Sponsored…

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NEMA Triple Crown starts July 20

By Chris Szepessy

NEMA Triple Crown starts July 20

© The Multihull Source The New England Multihull Association (NEMA) will hold its first “Triple Crown” racing series this summer, with multihulls-only races at Martha’s Vineyard, Buzzards Bay, and Newport. The traditional Black Dog Dash, a pursuit race starting at anchor in Vineyard Haven Harbor, with a course out to Cape Poge, to Edgartown, and back to the Vineyard Haven breakwater, kicks off the Triple Crown on July 20. The following week, the new Buzzards Bay Multihull…

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53rd Newport Bermuda Race starts Friday, June 21

By Chris Szepessy

53rd Newport Bermuda Race starts Friday, June 21

New Starting Location and Family Friendly Experience at Fort Adams By Kate Somers, risingT For the first time in its 118-year history, the Newport Bermuda Race has a new starting location just off the shoreline of Fort Adams State Park. This exciting shift in venue provides an opportunity to cheer on the 170 boats starting the 636-mile Thrash to the Onion Patch. Free and open to the public, the Starting Line Party is Friday, June 21 from 12 to 4…

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The Corinthians Annual Frostbite Regatta for the Ed Colie Memorial Trophy

By Chris Szepessy

The Corinthians Annual Frostbite Regatta for the Ed Colie Memorial Trophy

By Ted Corning On Saturday, April 6, The Corinthians held their annual Frostbite Regatta at the Mystic Seaport Museum’s Sailing Center in Mystic, CT. This one-day regatta, raced in the Seaport’s fleet of 9’ Dyer Dhows, was revived in 1993. The impressive trophy includes a scale model of the Mystic Fleet founding member Ed Colie’s dinghy “Puddy” mounted on a large curved mahogany base. The trophy was presented to The Corinthians by Fran Colie in 1995 and…

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An Interview with Peter Gibbons-Neff, part three

By Joe Cooper

An Interview with Peter Gibbons-Neff, part three

Photo by Manon le Geun     We left our last conversation with Peter discussing Patriot Sailing and their work with returning and damaged veterans. There is another sailor out there, Kevin Le Poidevin, a 31-year veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force, also representing and promoting groups supporting returning service members through Soldier On. Coop: When you finally had some VMG with the Project, where did you go for resources? A Mini is a sailboat, but…

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