12 metres in Newport
In the Modern Division, two of the most famous S&S-designed 12 Metres - Courageous, skippered by Stephen Glascock (Middletown, R.I.) and helmed by Jamie Hilton (Newport, R.I.), and Intrepid, skippered by Jack Curtin (New York, N.Y.) - are tied on points, each holding on to a first- and second-place finish from today's two races. Looking as sleek and youthful as in the days when they each successfully defended two America's Cups ( Intrepid in 1967/70 and Courageous in 1974/77), the two historic Twelves have had a "great rivalry for the better part of 10 years," according to Curtin.
"Courageous definitely is the boat to beat," he said. "If we didn't have the team we have, we'd be in trouble." With four America's Cup veterans aboard, Intrepid led start to finish in the first race, but Courageous showed blazing speed downwind in the second race to overtake its rival. Finishing third in both races was Ernest Jacquet's (Boston, Mass.) Freedom, another successful defender of the Cup (1980).
In other action, USA 61, skippered by Ralph Isham (New York, N.Y.) and helmed by Andy MacGowan (Middletown, R.I.), posted two bullets in Grand Prix division. Alain Hanover's (Newport, R.I.) 1958 Cup Winner Columbia leads Traditional division, while Elizabeth Tiedemann's (Newport, R.I.) Northern Light is 1-1 in Classic division to lead.
Newport has more ties to the America's Cup than any other place on the planet. Until 1983, an American syndicate from the New York Yacht Club, the host club of Race Week, had always successfully defended the Cup in what became the longest winning streak--132 years--in the history of any sport. This September marks the 25th Anniversary of Newport, and America, losing the Cup. It also marks the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Twelve Era. Stephens designed six other 12 Metres in addition to the eight sailing here.
"It's the celebration for Olin that makes this regatta so special," said Curtin. "We feel strongly about our connection to Olin and the history that he is part of; it was our obligation to the sport to be here."
Place, Skipper, Hometown, Boat Name, Sail #, Finish Positions, Total Points
12 METRES - DIVISION A GRAND PRIX
1. Ralph Isham, New York, New York, N.Y., USA 61, 1-1, 2
2. Mercedes Tech, New York, N.Y., America II, USA 46, 2-2, 4
12 METRES - DIVISION B MODERN
1. Stephen Glascock, Middletown, R.I., Courageous, USA 26, 2-1, 3
2. Jack Curtin, New York, N.Y., Intrepid, USA 22, 1-2, 3
3. Ernest Jacquet, Boston, Mass., Freedom, USA 30, 3-3, 6
12 METRES - DIVISION C TRADITIONAL
1. Alain Hanover, Newport, R.I., Columbia, USA 16, 1-2, 3
2. Jon Wullschleger, Sarasota, Fla., Nefertiti, USA 19, 3-1, 4
3. Anthony Chiurco, Princeton, N.J., American Eagle, USA 21, 2-3, 5
12 METRES - DIVISION D CLASSIC
1. Elizabeth Tiedemann, Newport, R.I., Northern Light, USA 14, 1-1, 2
2. Alfred Van Liew, Middletown, R.I., Gleam, USA 11, 3-2, 5
3. Earl McMillen III, Newport, RI, Onawa, USA 6, 2-3, 5