The scoreboard takes shape for the Newport Bermuda Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Hamilton, Bermuda (June 21, 2022) – The Newport Bermuda Race finish committee has been on double duty since late last night.
In the first 48 hours of finishing, from Jason Carroll’s (New York) Argo record at 11:20:09 p.m. ADT on June 18, only 27 boats completed the 635 nautical mile race. But since the J/122 Zig Zag of Andrew Clark (Greenwich, Conn.) completed the course at 10:37:04 p.m. last night, more than 120 boats have crossed the finish line, which stretches from the lighthouse from St. David on the east end of Bermuda. .
Among the herd of finishers were Sally and Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.) aboard the timeless Cal 40 Illusion. They were the 78th participant in the starting fleet of 186 to cross the line, finishing at 06:21:33 ADT this morning for an elapsed time of 87h:01m:33s.
With a corrected time of 51:02:13, the Honeys and Illusion are the provisional leaders of St. David’s Lighthouse Division, good for a nearly two-hour lead over Clark’s Zig Zag. Third place is currently held by the winner of St. David’s line honors, Jim Murray’s Pac52 Callisto (Lake Bluff, Ill.), just 15 seconds behind Zig Zag in corrected time.
The Honeys are sailing their final race aboard Illusion, and it’s shaping up to be a grand end to 34 successful years of racing. Commenting on their strategy, Sally Honey said “it was part of Stan telling us where to go and the rest of our crew sailing the boat quickly”.
The crew included 1984 Olympic gold medalist Carl Buchan (Seattle, Washington), fellow Cal 40 owner Don Jesberg (Belvedere, Calif.) and the formidable Jonathan Livingston (Richmond, Calif.).
For Clark, second place is a surprising but welcome finish to his first race in Bermuda.
“You did it right so soon, it’s dangerous,” said Clark, 49, who bought the J/122 with an old college pal before the pandemic, then took it apart and rebuilt it. “We just kept after that. Our navigator, Gijs Gunneman-Gallo, stuck to his plan. He absolutely wanted to be east of the rhumbline, and we did that and focused on speed. We pushed as hard as we could. In the end, those seconds have arrived.
The first doubles division finisher was among the first 28 to cross the finish line. The Class40 Privateer of Carl Kah (North Palm Beach, Florida) raced just behind the lead of the fleet all the way and finished yesterday afternoon at 17:45:25 with an elapsed time of 75:05:25 .
The second, Group 5 of North East Keelboat Alliance (NEKA), a Figaro Custom 2, holds the provisional lead of the Double Division. Led by 20-year-old Webb Institute undergraduate Zachary Doerr (Butler, Pennsylvania) and 53-year-old Vladimir Shablinsky (Glen Cove, New York), Group 5 finished with an elapsed time of 77:41:22, good for a corrected time of 64:03:34, well ahead of Reveille by Jim Hammitt, Young American by Peter Becker and Privateer by Kah.
“It was great fun for my first real offshore race,” said Doerr, who teamed up with Shablinsky, his NEKA Sailing trainer. “It has a lot to do with our comfort with the boat, especially the second night when it was blowing 30 and we were going 20 knots with the A2 spinnaker up. I feel like most boats in the class in double didn’t push as hard, and we kept pushing and did a lot of miles that night, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.
In the Finisterre Division, for cruisers, of 41 starters, Dudley Johnson’s (New York City) Prevail finished first, early yesterday afternoon, with an elapsed time of 70:32:24. According to skipper Darris Witham (Newport, Rhode Island), the crew had to recover from a burst hydraulic hose just before the start and then parted a spinnaker halyard, but still kept the boat moving, even under heavy -veil only.
“The boat is fast in the breeze,” Witham said. “You just ride those big waves in the Gulf Stream – the nights were amazing.”
One split that appears to be in lockdown is the Gibbs Hill lighthouse, where 16 of 18 starters have finished (the other two have retired) but post-race yacht inspections are still ongoing.
The Division and Class 19 winner is tentative Pac52 Warrior Won of Christopher Sheehan (Larchmont, New York), who has held the No. 1 spot since taking Division Line honors yesterday morning.
In 2016, Sheehan won the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy with his Xp44 of the same name. Now, he’s set to become the first owner to win both Lighthouse divisions, as well as divisional line honors.
“It’s very humbling,” said Sheehan, who won the Transpac race last year and the Caribbean 600 last February. “I had thought about it before the race. I had a ton of confidence in my team and my boat that we would have a chance at Gibbs Hill lighthouse.There are so many wonderful records and legendary sailors in this race.
Darren Walters (Boston, MA) and the Sun Fast 3300 Alchemist, who finished at 01:12:16 this morning for an elapsed time of 79:55:16 and corrected time of 45:52:28.
Alchemist trails Warrior Won by more than 36 minutes, but took a 12-minute victory over the J/120 Desperado, piloted by Vadim Shablinsky (Westbury, New York) in Class 18.
“The race was a brilliant surprise on many levels, both in terms of conditions and results,” said Glenn Walters, who was racing with his son Darren (Boston) as well as James Harayda (Richmond, England) and Ryan Novak-Smith. . (Providence, Rhode Island).
“Yesterday was just a heartbreaking day,” Walters senior said. “We had an A4 all day. Some of my crew were breaking speed records at over 22 knots very consistently. It was memorable because Ryan and James were happy for four hours when they just crushed it.
“We wouldn’t have won this race without those four hours of having the time of their lives. They had so much fun, not pushing or crossing boundaries, just having fun. It sticks in my mind.
Race 52 of the Newport Bermuda Race, co-hosted by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC), kicked off Friday, June 17, 2022 at the entrance to the East Passage of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. .
First held in 1906, the Bermuda Race is the oldest of the five major 600 nautical mile races and is preceded only by the Transatlantic Race. The 2022 fleet has 187 participants who will be divided into eight divisions: Double, Finisterre (for cruisers), Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Multihull, Open, Spirit of Tradition, St. David’s Lighthouse and Superyacht.
The record in major divisions—St. David’s Lighthouse (limits on professional crew) and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (no limits) – is 39 hours and 39 minutes, set by George David’s maxi yacht Rambler 90 in 2012, an average speed of 16 knots.