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The Ultimate Family Racer/Cruiser?

June 20, 2012 – Hamilton, Bermuda

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Carina not only won the Lighthouse trophy again, she also holds the record for the most Newport to Bermuda Races at 20. © 2018 Barry Pickthall / PPL

There's a pretty cool story coming out of Bermuda at the end of this year's just completed 635-mile Newport to Bermuda Race, the really big deal race on the East Coast. The St. David's Lighthouse Trophy goes to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Last year it went to Rives Potts' Westbrook, Connecticut-based McCurdy & Rhodes 48-footer Carina.

Following last year's race, the aluminum sloop took off on a circumnavigation, with Rives' nephew, Rives Sutherland, as captain. The circumnavigation included participation in the TransAtlantic Race and the Sydney to Hobart Race. She got back just in time for four dads and four sons to enter her in this year's Newport to Bermuda Race.

Wham! Carina has won the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy again. It's not like she's a new boat either. Back in '70, when she was brand new, owner Richard Nye raced her to Bermuda and won the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy. Carina's three victories in the Bermuda Race ties her with Finisterre, which Carleton Mitchell sailed to victory in '56, '58 and '60.

Frankly, we're impressed enough that a 43 year old aluminum boat is still floating. That she's still winning big is nearly off the graph of impressive. A tip of the hat to all involved.

- latitude / richard

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Sailors Lost in Tongan Wreck

June 20, 2012 – Late, Tonga

Ian Thompson (left) and Irwin Claus were sailing Thompson's Bavaria 50 Navillus, similar to this sistership, to Australia. © 2018 Webb Logg

Rescuers have been scouring the small Tongan island of Late, about 30 miles west of Vava'u, over the past few days in search of two Australian sailors whose Bavaria 50 Navillus broke up on a reef off the island last Thursday. Ian Thompson and Erwin Claus, both in their late 60s, had been delivering Thompson's newly purchased boat from the Caribbean to the Whitsundays, where he planned to retire. Claus was able to call his wife after the pair went aground, but no sign of them has been found since, though plenty of wreckage has been recovered. Searchers had hoped they made it ashore, but no evidence has been found to support the theory. New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre is reviewing the case and most likely will suspend the search today.

- latitude / ladonna

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June 20, 2012 – Santa Catalina Island

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Racing Round-Up

June 20, 2012 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Hobie Cat start
Hobie 16s in a practice race start on Sunday. The fog poured in late in the afternoon, setting up the conditions for Monday's wipe-outs. © 2018 Roxanne Fairbairn /

Races started promptly at noon on Monday in the Hobie 16 & 20 North Americans, sailing out of Sausalito. The start line was set just west of Angel Island (Pt. Knox), with the weather mark just to the right center of the Golden Gate Bridge. The first race saw winds of 10-20 from the southwest, and staying in the breeze was the challenge. By the third race, the wind had strengthened to 25+ at the top of the course, and staying upright was the challenge — the chase boats had their hands full tending to capsized and turtled cats.

Junior team
Geoffrey Nelson and Max Hudson are among the junior sailors in the Hobie 16 fleet. © 2018 Roxanne Fairbairn /

Conditions improved on Tuesday. "The marine layer was weak during the night," reports Rich McVeigh, a Hobie 16 sailor from Maryland, "and we had full sun and warmer conditions but not much of a thermal." The race committee instituted a short postponement as the fleet had such a slow sail out of Richardson Bay to the racing area. "Winds were from the west but varied from 3 to 18 knots, usually all in the same leg," said McVeigh. "Finding the wind lanes and staying in them was the challenge of the day. The south side of the course typically had much more wind. The AC45s visited us again today and we got much closer view."

After six races, two Puerto Rican crews are ahead in the Hobie 16 fleet: Enrique Figueroa and Christian Maysonet lead with all firsts, followed by Francisco Figueroa and Jolliam Berrios. In 20 class, Mark and Tiffany Lewis of Pine Grove, CA, lead with Phil and Bev Collins of Piedmont, OK, in second place. Racing continues through Friday.

MadCap start
A Saturday start in the MadCap Challenge team race. © 2018 Chris Ray /

On a sunny, breezy day, the St. Francis and New York YCs renewed their team racing challenge. The first team to win nine races takes home the MadCap Trophy, which was named for MadCap, the winner of NYYC's Autumn Regatta for Second Class Sloops in September of 1876.

MadCap trophy
Another of NYYC's cups. © 2018 Chris Ray /

Racing for this trophy was revived after some years in 2005, when StFYC won the cup, team racing in J/105s. This year, racing the in StFYC's J/22s, NYYC took the regatta with nine wins out of 14 races. Full results and team rosters are available at

Spinnaker set
Followed closely by a NYYC boat, Russ Silvestri, Mario Yukov, Antoine Screve and John Collins on StFYC #1 hoist their spinnaker. © 2018 Chris Ray /

Melges Wins Melges Nationals. Now there's a headline for you. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that Harry Melges III won the CSR Marine Melges 24 National Championship over the weekend in Seattle. With tactician Andy Burdick and crew Hans Melges (Harry's brother) and Matt Woodworth, Zenda Express's 1-1-1-2-[6]-1-2-1 score gave them a 12-point lead over second place Alan Field's WTF from Los Angeles. Next up on the U.S. Melges Class Association agenda is the Pacific Coast Championship to be held in conjunction with the Columbia Gorge One Design Regatta on August 3-5.

The El Toro fleet's Bull Session newsletter reports that last weekend's Clear Lake Regional Championship was a complete success. "The El Toros had lots of well-sailed boats; we had 32 boats total with the Laser, Byte and Lido 14 fleets joining in for six races, all in good wind with sun, warm evenings and great sailing." Next up for little boats, including the El Toros, is the Mayor's Cup on Oakland's Lake Merritt this Saturday.

SC40 Defiance
The Santa Cruz 40 Defiance charged along in last year's windy Summer Sailstice Race. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

You have until 5:00 p.m. today to enter this Saturday's Summer Sailstice Regatta, a YRA Party Circuit Bay tour with a finish behind Treasure Island. After racing, you're invited to sail on down the Estuary to Encinal YC for the Summer Sailstice Celebration. BAMA will be handing out the awards for the Doublehanded Farallones Race there at 5:00 p.m.

- latitude / chris

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Summer Sailstice This Saturday

June 20, 2012 – Northern Hemisphere

After a day of sailing activities during Summer Sailstice, what could be better than lounging on the lawn? Photo Latitude / John A.
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The 12th annual Summer Sailstice invites all sailors to hoist their sails this Saturday, June 23, as part of the global celebration of sailing. And, on San Francisco Bay, sail in the first ever Estuary Stroll. There will be a clockwise sailing course from approximately Jack London Square to Coast Guard Island with an aerial photo scheduled for 2 p.m. Sailors berthed in estuary marinas have the opportunity to win a free month’s berthing from their respective marina by buying $1 raffle tickets at the marina office on the day of the sail. Proceeds will benefit youth sailing through the Encinal Sailing Foundation.

There's loads of fun for the whole family! Photo Latitude / John A.
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After sailing back to the dock, sailors should go to Encinal YC to join the all-day celebration of sailing. There’s small boat racing, new boats on display, live music, the former America's Cup yacht USA 76 and the very popular boat building competition where teams compete to build, launch and sail a boat in a day! There’s crafts for kids, the America True winch grinding contest for the brave, and plenty of food and drink. Go to to sign up and see the complete local event details.

- latitude / john a.

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