Newport Sailing Week Results And Pictures

The Newport Regatta® featuring BACARDI® Newport Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank…

Newport Sailing WeekWhen multiple sponsored events are forced to share the same water and weekend, you end up with some great sailing and an unfortunately long official name. The good news is that the event was pulled off without a hitch, and we had a bunch of local winners and some great photos by Cory Silken…

Newport Sailing WeekIn spite of the confusing branding for the event, over 700 sailors from 17 states descended on Sail Newport this weekend to race in The Newport Regatta® featuring BACARDI® Newport Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank.  Dealing with the circumstances that of working around the America’s Cup World Series just two weeks earlier, organizers seemingly were able to accommodate all willing and able sailors as they set up four courses to handle the 259 boats in 20 classes, with 181 races taking place over the past three days, concluding Sunday, July 15, 2012. 

And the winners are…
Collecting both Newport Regatta and BACARDI Newport Sailing Week trophies were:  Bruno Pasquinelli (Dallas, Texas) in the J/80 class; Brad Boston and Lee Shuckerow in the Viper 640 class – which also earned them the Viper 640 New England Championship title; and the California team of Doug Smith (San Francisco) with crew John Rogers (Los Angeles)  in the Star class.

Newport Sailing Week“The competition was really good,” said Smith who was sailing his first event in New England in many years and hopes to be able to return next year to defend his title.  Smith’s comments echoed those of many sailors who remarked on the great racing the event had offered, along with the exceptional hospitality provided by BACARDI.

Perfect and Local…
Lars Guck (Bristol, R.I.), displaying his formidable sailing talent, was the only skipper to sail a perfect event.  He won all nine races sailed by the 10-boat A-Cat fleet to collect the top award in the class with an eight-point margin over his closest competitor.

Rhode Island’s John Mollicone, recent winner of the 2012 J/24 US National Championship, added the Northeast Regional Championship title to his sailing resume with his win in the 27-strong J/24 fleet at the Newport Regatta.  In the 505 class, Mark Zagol (Pawcatuck, Conn.) is the 2012 Region 1 Champion having won the regatta in that 10-boat fleet.  Two other classes determined their Atlantic Coast Champions at the Newport Regatta:  Steve Girling (New York, N.Y.) won in the 19-boat Etchells fleet, and Colin Merrick (Portsmouth, R.I.) won in the 27-boat Vanguard 15 class.

Bacardi Newport Sailing Week

Marking its 28th year of competition, the Newport Regatta has become one of the largest multi-class events on the east coast.  In addition to the aforementioned classes, also racing were Club 420, J/22, J/105, Laser, Laser Radial, Sunfish, Swan 42, Snipe, VX One and 49er classes.

All photos by Cory Silken. More info is available at www.newportsailingweek.com and www.sailnewport.org.