NYYC 150th Annual Regatta
The fleet will be separated into three IMS classes, with a class each for PHRF, NYYC Cruising Rule (non-spinnaker), 12 Metre, Classic, TP52, J/105, Farr 40 and Mumm 30. The latter two classes are scheduled to sail at least one race prior to the 1200 start of the Around-the-Island Race.
"Those two classes have come here primarily to do the Annual Regatta," said Kim Woodhouse, the Farr 40 New England Class Representative. "They will not go on to do the Bermuda Race." Among the fleet of 11 Farr 40s is Stuart Townsend’s Virago, which is calling Newport its home for the summer so it can participate in local regattas, including the NYYC’s Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex in July.
"This is a wonderful place to sail," said Townsend, who has campaigned Virago for the past four years and a Mumm 30 of the same name before that. "The boat was in Florida, and it made sense to bring it here in preparation for the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in San Francisco this September."
Of the four 12-metres entered, three-- Intrepid, Courageous and Freedom--have won five America’s Cups between them. The fleet of ten classic yachts includes Angelita, an 8-metre sloop that won for America its first gold medal (at the Los Angeles Olympics) in 1932 and also competed in the 1936 Olympics in Kiel Germany. The 12-metres and classics built before 1958 have the option of counting scores for the Annual Regatta toward the NYYC’s debuting 2004 Invitational Racing Series for Vintage and Classic Yachts. (The second and third events in the series are, respectively, the NYYC Race Week at Newport and the Museum of Yachting’s Classic Yacht Regatta in September.)