Author: Barby MacGowan

Racing

Ida Lewis Distance Race Names Winners in Five Classes

By Barby MacGowan

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By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International For a 15th year, the Ida Lewis Distance Race indulged competitive racing sailors in an overnight sprint that proved both challenging and extraordinary. Thirty-one teams, in five classes for boats of 28 feet and longer, set out after noontime on Friday, August 16 to engage in a 110-mile course that took them from the start off Fort Adams in Newport, RI, past Castle Hill to Buzzards Bay Tower, then to a mark southwest of Block…

Racing

A Challenging Light-Air Test at Edgartown Race Weekend

By Barby MacGowan

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By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International Light air became a challenge for racers and organizers at this year’s Edgartown Race Weekend, hosted by Edgartown Yacht Club in Edgartown, MA July 25 – 29, but the show went on for all to enjoy on Martha’s Vineyard.   The event’s most illustrious of three components – a 56-mile ’Round-the-Island (RTI) race that has been a New England racing tradition for 81 years now – started Saturday, July 27 in barely-there breezes…

Racing

Titles Claimed in the 12 Metre Worlds

By Barby MacGowan

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By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International It couldn’t have been any more exciting on the fifth and final day of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, organized by the International Twelve Metre Association’s (ITMA) Americas Fleet, and sailed in the waters off Newport, RI July 8 – 13.   With Nyala (US-12; Arezzo, ITA) having clinched her series early in the Vintage Division after a sweep of the penultimate day’s two races, it came down to a…

Racing

A Summer of “Twelves”

By Barby MacGowan

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Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, RI, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America’s Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club are gearing up for the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S. The 2019 12 Metre World Championship, scheduled for July 8 – 13, will host 24 teams from seven countries including Patrizio Bertelli’s US-12 Nyala, the defending 12 Metre World Champion, and five yachts that have successfully defended the America’s Cup: US-16 Columbia (1958), US-17 Weatherly (1962), US-22 Intrepid (1967 & ‘70), US-26 Courageous (1974 &…

Cruising

Rhode Island’s Official Tall Ship Announces Year-Round Programs

By Barby MacGowan

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Working under a new operating model unveiled for Rhode Island’s Official Flagship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) says it will keep the Tall Ship in Rhode Island for year-round programming in order to support financial sustainability and strengthen regional alignment with workforce development, ocean literacy, and civic engagement.   The 200-foot, three-masted sailing school vessel was seven years and $12 million in the making when she embarked on her maiden voyage…

Juniors

Aquidneck Island Students Complete Voyage Aboard Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

By Barby MacGowan

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is not a replica but a modern, steel-hulled vessel purpose-built for training and education to the highest modern safety standards. Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, she sails in New England and the Canadian Maritimes during the summer and in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean in the winter. For more information on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and programs for all ages, visit ohpri.org or contact gretchen@ohpri.org or 401-841-0080.

Racing

Ida Lewis Distance Race Starts August 18, 2017

By Barby MacGowan

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The 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, RI, starts Friday, August 18, promising once again to deliver an exciting late-season topper to a busy summer of competitive racing on Narragansett Bay. Classes for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed ensure that everyone (with a qualifying boat of 28 feet or longer) has a place to fit in.

Racing

New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex June 12-14, 2015

By Barby MacGowan

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The NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex gets underway with the Around-the-Island Race (scored as a standalone race) on Friday, June 12. The traditional two-day series is Saturday and Sunday, June 13 & 14. Yachts racing under the IRC handicap, in the Classics division, or as part of an invited one-design class, will sail drop-mark races on Rhode Island Sound or Narragansett Bay.

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