"We loved the experience," said Don Glassie, owner and skipper of Fortune, which won Class 2. "It was the first time the classics have sailed in Race Week and I think it was a good idea to include them."
Fortune is a 54-foot antique staysail schooner built in 1926 and designed by B.B. Crowninshield. Glassie's "remarkable" all-Rhode Island crew has sailed together for almost eight years and one crewmember~John Taft of Newport~has sailed the boat for 30 years with his skipper friend.
"We do more sail changes than the rest of the fleet combined," said Taft, explaining that on the yacht's two masts there are at least four sails flying at any given time. "It was a workout for us when we did the four races yesterday."
Glassie added that the racing was "tight and close" despite each classic yacht,s different length and handicap by the NYYC cruising rule. "It was not like any one was way out of the box."
Finishing in second was the classic beauty Bolero, a 73, yawl owned by Ed Kane and designed in 1949 by Olin Stephens as "the largest modern ocean racer of its time." A highlight of the awards ceremony was when Olin Stephens himself, now in his 90s, awarded Bolero with a special trophy for being the top boat designed by Sparkman & Stephens. The prestigious design firm coordinated an elaborate 75th Anniversary Celebration with Race Week, and the legendary S&S designed 12 Meters Columbia, Courageous, Intrepid and Freedom are sailing in the event,s first half and used this weekend as their 12-Meter Annual Regatta.
The biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week presented by Rolex is in its fourth running and has over 180 entrants competing in two segments of racing: one for handicap boats on the front end and another for one-design boats on the back end. A distance race on Wednesday, July 21, will split the sessions.
CLASSIC WHITE CLASS 1
1. *Halsey Herreshoff, Bristol, RI, Bambino, Ctm (3-1-1-4-1), 9.25 pts;
2. Jed Pearsall, Newport, RI, Amorita, Ny30 (1-4-4-2-4), 14.75;
3. Samuel W. Croll, Rye, NY, Angelita, 8m (2-2-2-OCS-2), 15;
CLASSIC WHITE CLASS 2
1. Don Glassie, Newport, RI, Fortune, Ctm (1-2-1-2-1), 6.25 pts;
2. Edward Kane, Concord, MA, Bolero, Ctm (2-1-2-1-4), 9.5;
3. Steve Kloeblen, Brookfield, Conn., Cresta III, Ctm (4-3-4-DNF-2), 19;
PHRF GREEN CLASS 1
1. Neil S Kimatian, East Greenwich, RI, Puff, Ben407 (1-2-2-4-1), 9.5 pts ;
2. Gordon Hall, Marblehead, MA, Katabatic, Tyl40 (2-1-1-3-5), 11.5;
3. Peter Brinckerhoff, Riverside, Conn., Hooligan, Eve42 ( 4-5-7-2-2), 20;
PHRF GREEN CLASS 2
1. John Downey, Canton, MA, Gambler, Frr41 (1-2-4-3-2), 11.75 pts;
2. Chad Ingle, Annapolis, MD, Swift, Navy44 (3-3-1-2-8), 16.75;
3. Mort Weintraub, Larchmont, N.Y., Troubador, Exp37 (2-1-7-10-1), 20.5
PHRF GREEN CLASS 3
1. Lee Dayton, Old Greenwich, CT, Ajax, J105 (3-2-1-2-1), 8.50 pts;
2. Kirk Stirland, Rowayton, CT, Bangarang, J92 (2-1-3-4-2), 11.75;
3. W. Barrett Holby, Warren, RI, Wazimo, Qst (4-4-2-1-3), 13.75;
PHRF GREEN CLASS 4
1. John Lavin - Dirty Harry, Warwick, RI, Dirty Harry, J29 (1-2-2-1-1), 6.25 pts;
2. Jesse Waters, New York, NY, Firewater, Cook 37 (2-1-1-2-3), 8.5;
3. Vincent Mcateer Iii, Cranston, RI, Divided Sky, J29 (3-4-5-3-4), 19.5;
12M BLUE CLASS 4
1. Edgar Cato, Miami, FL, Hissar, 12m (1-1-1-1-1), 3.75 pts;
2. Craig Millard, Middletown, RI, Courageous, 12m (2-2-3-3-2), 12;
3. Ernest Jacquet, Boston, MA, Freedom, 12m (4-3-4-2-3), 16;
IMSR BLUE CLASS 1
1. Daniel Maxwell, Meyers, Boston, MA, Numbers, Frr60 (1-1-1-2-1-2-1), 7.75 pts;
2. Robert C. Towse, Stamford, CT, Blue Yankee, Rp66 (2-2-4-1-3-1-2), 14.5;
3. Stephen Munger, Greenwich, CT, Harrier, Frr60 (3-4-3-4-2-4-3), 23;
PHRF BLUE CLASS 2
1. Rick Orchard, Duluth, MN, Grins, Frr36 (4-4-3-1-2-7), 20.75 pts;
2. Blair Brown, Newton, MA, Sforzando, Tyl45 (10-3-1-2-5-1), 21.50;
3. Mark Minkus, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Falcon, Swn56 (1-1-6-10-4-2), 23.5;
PHRF BLUE CLASS 3
1. Andrew Weiss, Greenwich, CT, Christopher Dra, J130 (1-1-1-2-4-1), 9 pts;
2. Craig Albrecht, Sea Cliff, NY, Avalanche, Frr395 (2-2-2-3-1-2), 11.75;
3. Udo Schroff, East Greenwich, RI, Amadeus, Imx40 (3-3-4-1-2-4), 16.75;