Idler takes charge
Patience has its rewards. On Saturday, the first day of the New York Yacht Club's Rolex-sponsored 148th Annual Regatta, the race committee postponed the expected 11am start in the absence of any meaningful breeze. In Newport this time of year, the northerly isn't that trustworthy. So more than 80 yachts idled much of the day.
Just 10 minutes short of the 3pm deadline the southerly sea breeze filled in sufficiently to allow one race on both courses on Rhode Island Sound.
On Sunday conditions improved with winds from the southwest at 13-15 knots for the White Fleet -- all the IMS yachts -- that enjoyed two races in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The Green Fleet, racing in West Passage, saw lighter and shiftier winds. There the Farr 40s and 12 Meters had two races on Sunday, the rest, one.
After three races, the White Fleet's Class 1 was won by Idler, skippered by George David (1-1-2); Class 2 by Kodiak, Llwyd Ecclestone (2-2-2); Class 3 belonged to Rush, Thomas Stark (1-1-2); Class 4 was led by Gold Digger, James Bishop (4-1-1); and Class 5 was won by Cygnette, William Mayer (1-1-3).
The Green Fleet's Farr 40 class was won by Barking Mad, James Richardson (3-1-2); the 12-Meter class was won by Hissar, Edgar Cato (1-2-1). After two races, ACAP Class 3 was led by Troubadour, Morton Weintraub (1-1); ACAP-NS Class 4 belonged to Fox, E. Geoffrey Verney (1-1); and NYYC-Cr Class 5 was won by Angelita, Samuel Croll III (1-2).