2017 Halloween Howl


October 28-29, 2017

Sail Newport Sailing Center

Fort Adams State Park

Newport, RI

Last Regatta of the Season for Youth Sailors Doesn’t Disappoint

NEWPORT, RI  (October 29, 2017) - The Newport weather delivered the true “howl” for  Sail Newport’s annual youth regatta titled “Halloween Howl” this weekend for 175 youth sailors. Competitors participated from RI, MA, CT, ME, CO, NY, and FL.

Fall weather and its dependably steady wind is favored by many New England sailors.  On Saturday 10-14 knots of fall breeze was perfect for five races.

The fleet of 53 Opti sailors, ranged in age between 7 and 15 years old.  Opti sailors race in fleets by ages White (age 10 and under), Blue (ages 11 or 12) and Red sailors (aged 13, 14 or 15).

The top Opti sailor was Charlie Fairfax, 14, of New Bedford, MA, who finished first in Red Fleet and first overall.

“I’ve been sailing all my life, but this is the first time I’ve won a big event,”   Fairfax says.

After a strong performance in five races Saturday, Fairfax was felt like his head was “in the stars” and was cautious about getting too confident going into Sunday and the final day of racing.
However, after an error in the first race today and experiencing frustration, Fairfax said “I had to tell myself to get focused and go all out. I had no breathing room.” 

Sophia Peck (Barrington, RI) sailed extremely well in dueling match with Fairfax the entire regatta.  In the first race on Sunday, Peck kept the pressure up by catching Fairfax at the windward mark by sailing up higher and overtaking the lead. “I pulled ahead,” she said, ”and I stayed calm and thought about what my coach (Joakim Karlsen of Sail Newport) taught me which was to 'sail to win, don’t sail to not lose.' ”

Both sailors ended the regatta with an equal score of 17.  Fairfax won after applied scoring rules broke the tiebreaker. 

Ryan McGauley (Waban, MA) had an exceptionally strong regatta and finished in third only two points behind Fairfax and  Peck.

On Sunday, three more classes joined the regatta including Club 420s, Laser Radials and 29ers.  All dinghies sailed the same course with longer windwark marks for the faster boats.

A brisk 12-14 know east/southeasterly breeze built to 15 knots which allowed for two races on Sunday.   Once the gusts reached 19 and 20 the regatta was ended early.
In the Laser Radial division, Alex DiCenso (North Kingston, RI) won first place.  Seth Rizika and Natalie Elder (Chestnut Hill, MA) finished first in Club 420.  Also, Ben Rosenburg and crew Steven Hardee (East Greenwich, RI) won the 29er top prize.

Editor: kim.cooper@sailnewport.org


 Should you have any questions, feel free to email our Race Manager.

Optimist class: Saturday and Sunday

Club 420 and 29er class: Sunday only

Laser Radial class: Sunday only



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REGISTRATION - Online registration is closed.  Late on-site registration will be available for Optis 0800-0900, 10/28 and for all other classes 0800-0900, 10/29

ENTRY LIST - Click here to view the entry list

WAIVER FORM - Parents/guardians must fill out Minor WaiverSailors of legal age may use the same form to sign the online waiver.


Halloween Howl Sailing Instructions Halloween Howl Sailing Instructions

Results After Day 2:  

2017 Halloween Howl Opti Overall 2017 Halloween Howl Opti Overall

2017 Halloween Howl Opti By Class 2017 Halloween Howl Opti By Class

2017 Halloween Howl Sunday Classes 2017 Halloween Howl Sunday Classes


For scoring inquiries, please contact the Regatta Manager.

photo courtesy of ZIM Sailing