New Fleet Commissioned
New Fleet of J22s Commissioned at Sail Newport
A spectacular line up of fourteen brand new J22s were christened with champagne and dedicated on Saturday, June 1 at the Sail Newport Alofsin Piers. The boats will be used for Sail Newport's public access sailing programs for youth and adults. The fleet will be busy throughout the season for youth keelboat instruction, racing and adult instruction, weeknight racing and regattas. In addition, the boats are available for hourly rentals seven days a week until Columbus Day.
The new boats were made in R.I. at Waterline Systems with Hall rigging and North sails. In addition, Ronstan and Interlux generously donated line and bottom paint for the new fleet.
Sailors will notice a green line and arrow on the boats to recognize Sail Newport's seasonal keelboat sponsor Fidelity Investments. Fidelity has signed a longterm sponsorship commitment to Sail Newport's Public Sailing Center which also include title sponsorship of the 30th Anniversary weekend September 27 & 28, and presenting sponsorship of the J22 World Championship October 1-5 to be hosted by Sail Newport.
Pictured Left: Dr. Robin Wallace, a founder of Sail Newport, christens Tiburon, one of fourteen new boats. Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop looks on after he christened Hanuman.
Thank You to our donors and guests who commissioned our boats!
Boat 1: Arethusa: Donated and commissioned by Phil and Wendy Lotz
Boat 2: Athena: Donated by Jim Clark, commissioned by Janet Coit, Director of DEM
Boat 3: New Zealand: Donated and commissioned by Maggie and Gunther Buerman
Boat 4: Privateer: Donated and commissioned by Ron O’Hanley
Boat 5: Furthur: Donated by Steve and Heidi Benjamin, commissioned by Amo Ross
Boat 6: Hanuman: Donated by Jim Clark, Commissioned by Mayor of Newport Harry Winthrop
Boat 7: Tiburon: Donated by Mark Watson, commissioned by Dr. Robin Wallace, Founder of Sail Newport
Boat 8: Intrepid: Commissioned by Mike Patterson
Boat 9: American Eagle: Commissioned by Julie Lassey
Boat 10: Columbia: Commissioned by Beth Borges
Boat 11: Weatherly: Commissioned by Lindsey and George Hill
Boat 12: Commissioned by Tom Kirk, President of the Board of Directors SN
Boat 13: Commissioned by Peter Gonzalez
Boat 14: Daring: donated by John and Katrina Hele, commissioned by Donna Kelly