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Astor Steals the Show in Antigua Classic Regatta

The 86-ft Newport Beach-based schooner Astor shows her heels to the Antigua Classic Regatta fleet last month.

© 2009 Janet Hein

Latitude would like to give a big salute to Richard and Lani Stramen of the Newport Beach-based Astor, an 86-ft (overall) Fife schooner that was built in Scotland in — get this — 1923. The couple and their crew not only took Concours honors in class at the prestigious Antigua Classic Regatta in April, but they bested 60 other great classics — including two J Class yachts — and Spirit of Tradition yachts to win overall Concours honors. But that’s not all. Proving that Astor is much more than a pretty face, they also took first place racing honors in Vintage Class A. Well done! Mind you, this is a schooner they recently spent six years cruising 60,000 miles in the South Pacific.

Thanks to an interior like this, Astor, which recently completed a 60,000-mile South Pacific cruise, took overall Concours honors.

© 2009 Janet Hein

We’ll have more on Astor in the June issue, but if any of her many old friends from Southern California and the South Pacific would like to add their congratulations, they can do so via email.

Lani Stramen says buying, restoring and cruising Astor changed her life.

© 2009 Janet Hein

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