Ida Lewis distance race – Newport this week
Ida Lewis Distance Race A Tricky
Good decisions yield winners in four classes
NEWPORT, RI (August 22, 2022) – Fully expecting light and variable breezes overnight, 43 sailing teams started the 2022 Ida Lewis Distance Race presented by Bluenose Yacht Sales on Friday, August 19 and came back all throughout the day on Saturday August 20 to complete the event of 17e editing. Wind conditions ranged from 8-10 knots at the start to tens and 20s near Block Island to almost nothing at points close to the finish, making this one of the trickiest races in recent memory. .
Brian Cunha’s Kerr 55 (Newport, RI) was the first to finish under cover of darkness at 4:01 a.m. Irie 2who won both the Lois J. Muessel Memorial Trophy for fastest elapsed time and the Lime Rock Trophy for fastest corrected time among PHRF crown class12 entries. The performance also attracted Irie 2 overall honors for the entire PHRF division, further comprising a PHRF Aloha class, with 11 boats, and a Double Handed class, with 14 boats. An ORC class, with six boats, also competed.
“We hit every wind shift just coming back from the buoy off Montauk Point at Buzzard’s Bay Tower,” said Cunha, who considers this his seventh appearance in the event and sixth victory in his class here. “The shifts were 20-30 degrees, so if you didn’t call them right you were in trouble. For us, that was the critical part of the race. Irie 2 also had a different wind and rising tide at Castle Hill (just before the finish) while others finishing behind him struggled with a falling tide in a dying breeze. (J/44 by James Phyfe Excavatorwho finished second overall in the Coronet class, finished at 9:36)
Second on the finish line, at 04:22 was CRO winner Wizard, an R/P 69 skippered by David Greenstein (Stamford, Connecticut). Her class had run the longer 153 nautical mile “Block Island Course” while the PHRF classes had run the 121nm “Point Judith Course”.
“The longer course took us twice around Block Island: the first time to the same buoy off Montauk that the PHRF classes went to and the second time around Block Island without the
buoy rounding,” said Greenstein, who won the Russell J. Hoyt Trophy and the Commodore Trophy for best elapsed and corrected time, respectively, in his class.
Greenstein described a close game with Michael D’Amelio’s JV66 Denaliwhich corrected about a minute and 16 seconds late Wizard. “It took us just over 17 hours and we entered as the wind died down, literally drifting over the finish line,” Greenstein said.
At the awards night on Saturday night at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Counter Commodore Bill O’Hanley understood the time gaps in each of the classes. “To illustrate the competitive nature of the four classes, we need to look at the corrected sail time for each,” he said. “The separation of second and third place in ORC as well as Aloha class was 24 seconds per mile…very impressive considering that the average time for a mile run is 10 minutes. The separation of second and Third place in the Double Handed class was even more impressive at three seconds per mile and 1.5 seconds per mile for the Coronet class.It doesn’t get more competitive than that.
In PHRF Aloha class, the JPK 45 take two, with Gordon Fletcher at the helm, won the Arthur Curtiss James Trophy for fastest corrected time. “We weren’t expecting anything because it’s a brand new boat that we just got back from France in May and we’re still learning about it,” said Fletcher, who included his wife Sharon and two sons Stephen. (27) and Michael (24). ) among his crew. “We wanted to see how we compared to others and we were pleasantly surprised.”
Like many, Fletcher said the choice of path around Block Island, either north or south, was critical in determining the outcome of the race. “We beat Montauk after going north around Block Island because the tides favored that. Then we went south on the way back. The wind died out at Buzzard’s Bay, but we also saw high winds of 20-21 knots between Block Island and Point Judith.
The Dual hand class winners Ken Read (Portsmouth, RI) and Sara Stone (Marion, Mass.), sailing their Sun Fast 3300 Alchemistalso rounded Block Island to the north with other class leaders after hitting the brisk winds that take two had met. “We spent the next three hours not knowing if we had made the right choice or not,” Read said. “There were basically three parts to the race: the first part was simple as we headed towards Block Island; the second part was which way do you go around Block Island; and the third part was to mentally stay in the game after Block Island because of a big “drift” where the wind dropped, and we pretty much started racing again.
“It was good to get back into the rhythm of the Ida Lewis distance race,” race chairman Anselm Richards said after noting that last year’s event had been canceled due to the approaching Hurricane Henry. “It was fun and challenging and it came down to making a lot of decisions, and those had to be the right ones for the winners.”
Earn the Arnt H. Kitts Trophy as the best Youth Challenge the team was that of Bill Kneller (Newport, RI) J/109 Solar salewhile winning the William Tuthill Collegiate Trophy as the top finisher in the College challenge was the Corel 45 of Mudratz Racing (Stonington, Conn.) fire eater. The teams finished fourth and 11erespectively, in the Aloha and Coronet classes.
“I’ve been sailing for five years and I’ve never done anything like this,” said Zachary Amalotte, an East Greenwich (RI) High School student who served as an archer on Solar sale. “This race added the element of endurance and night sailing which really tested my knowledge of the boats, especially at 2am!”
Said Glenn Walters, founder and managing partner of title sponsor Bluenose Yacht Sales: “It is a privilege to support not only Ida Lewis distance racing, but also the great sailing community and culture we have here in Newport. . We appreciate that this race “gives back” by helping to broaden the involvement of young people, middle school students and women in the sport. Bluenose Yacht Sales directly supported four of the event attendees, including Alchemist.
The other sponsors of the event were: Gold Sponsor – Contender Sailcloth. Silver Sponsors – Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard and Hogan Associates. Bronze Sponsors – Newport Construction Services, Inc. and Gold’s Wine and Spirits. Contributing Sponsors – Toni Mills Graphic Design, Mac Designs, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Stella Artois.
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Location, yacht name, type, owner/skipper, hometown, results, total points
ORC (ORC – 6 Ships)1. Assistant, R/P 69, David Greenstein, Stamford, CT, USA – 1; 1 2. Denali, JV 66, Michael D’Amelio, Boston, MA, USA – 2; 2 3. Warrior Won, Pac52, Chris Sheehan, Larchmont, NY, USA – 3; 3 4. Low Profile, Sun Fast 3300, Chris Benzak, Newport, RI, USA – 7; seven 5. Rima98, Italy 11.98, John Brim, Palm Beach, Florida, USA – 7; seven
Double PHRF (PHRF_ToT – 14 Boats)1. Alchemist, Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300, Ken Read, Portsmouth, RI, USA – 1; 1 2. Goat Rodeo, Seaquest 36, Todd Johnston, East Greenwich, RI, USA – 2; 2 3. New Wave, J/99, Steve Clarke, Tiverton, RI, USA – 3; 3 4. Arkana, Jenneau Sun Fast 3300, Peter Bacon, Noank, CT, USA – 4; 4 5. Group 5, Figaro 2, NEKA Sailing, Glen Cove, NY, USA – 5; 5
PHRF – Aloha 55 and above (PHRF_ToT – 11 Boats)1. Take Two, JPK 45, Gordon Fletcher, North Kingstown, RI, USA – 1; 1 2. Mischief, Lyman-Morse 40, David Schwartz, Bristol, RI, USA – 2; 2 3. URSA, J/109, Brooke Mastrorio, Newport, RI, USA – 3; 3 4. Vento Solare (Youth), J/109, Bill Kneller, Newport, RI, USA – 4; 4 5. Spirit, J/92s, EC Helme, Newport, RI, USA – 5; 5
PHRF – Coronet 54 and under (PHRF_ToT – 12 Boats)1. IRIE 2, Kerr 55, Brian Cunha, Newport, RI, USA – 1; 1 2. Digger (Youth), J/44, James Phyfe, Cranston, RI, USA – 2; 2 3. ZIG ZAG, J/122, Andrew Clark, Greenwich, CT, USA – 3; 3 4. Alliance, J/122, Eric Irwin / Mary Martin, Newport, RI, USA – 4; 4 5. Tarahumara, J/122, Jack Gregg, Jamestown, RI, USA – 5; 5