Columbia and Siren Triumph during Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous
The inaugural Narragansett Bay Classic Yacht Rendezvous started on Thursday, August 23rd with the Newport to Bristol Feeder Race Sponsored by Gowrie Group and PURE Insurance. A total of 28 classic yachts sailed north in Narragansett Bay enjoying “champagne sailing” conditions before enjoying the Herreshoff Marine Museum‘s Living Boat Show and Welcome Cocktail Party.
Panerai, overall sponsors of both the Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta and Newport Classic Yacht Regatta – which make up the NBCYR, hosted a breakfast for the competitors on Friday and soon after 41 classics started a middle distance buoy race. Friday’s race marks the third regatta in North America that forms the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.
“The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge speaks to everything we do here at the Herreshoff Marine Museum,” said Bill Lynn, Executive Director of the Museum and Managing Director of CYOA. “To be able to provide a world-class classic yachting regatta here in a venue steeped in history is truly fantastic. The conditions here were perfect and it’s great to see boats such as the 12 Metre Columbia both first across the line and taking the overall win in the Grand Prix Spinnaker Class. My thanks goes to Panerai and our many supporting sponsors.”
NBCYR and the Panerai series culminate over the weekend with the 39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. First, a distance race from Bristol to Newport on Saturday followed by a middle distance race on Sunday.
“We have so many exquisite classic yachts of all shapes and sizes in New England and along the Atlantic coast,” said Jamie Hilton, Executive Chairman of the event said ahead of the Newport racing. “Where better to have them congregate every year than in the sailing capital of the USA, Newport Rhode Island.”
But before the Newport race, members of the public had the opportunity to watch and learn about the numerous classic yachts competing during a Classic Yacht Parade hosted at Gurney’s Resort and Marina.
Carol O’Malley, Co-Chair of the 39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta said: “This year’s parade stands out amongst the best and speaks perfectly to our ambition to grow this event for both those competing and for those within the local community. Having William Crisp’s commentary describing both the classic sail and motor boats made the experience much more meaningful for parade watchers. It is wonderful to see more of our local community coming out to admire these gorgeous yachts and my thanks go to Gurney’s Resort and Marina for providing the perfect viewing destination.”
After two days of racing on Narragansett Bay Siren, owned by Peter Cassidy from Rochester, MA, won both the overall Vintage Corinthian Classic Class and the overall 39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. In addition, the winners of the North American Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge also went to the New York 32 Siren in the Vintage Division and the 12 Metre Columbia in the Grand Prix Division.
“We are thankful to all our sponsors, especially our Title Sponsor, Panerai. We are also very happy to be partnering for the first time in the regatta’s history with Ida Lewis Yacht Club, this year’s Organizing Authority, and Race Committee,” concluded Hilton.
Results: Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
1st Grand Prix: Columbia
1st Vintage Corinthian Classic Spinnaker: Sonny
1st Vintage Day Racer Spinnaker: Leaf
1st Vintage Corinthian Classic Non Spinnaker: Neith
1st Vintage Grand Classic Spinnaker: Black Watch
1st Grand Prix Non Spinnaker: Wild Horses
1st Vintage Grand Classic Non Spinnaker: Eros
Results: Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta
Overall: Siren, Peter Cassidy (NY 32)
1st Grand Prix: Columbia, Kevin Hegarty (12 Metre)
1st Vintage Day Racer: Belle, Joe Loughborough (Luders 24)
1st Vintage Corinthian Classic: Siren, Peter Cassidy (NY 32)
1st Vintage Grand Classic: Ticonderoga, Scott Frantz, (Ketch)
1st Place One Design Fleet: Vindex, Paul Del Nero, Herreshoff S Class
Full Newport Results: