2017 Newport Regatta

Onne van der Wal captured the Etchells at the 2017 Newport Regatta including (L - R) "Mahalo" Skipper Charles "Chuck" Kenahan (Swampscott, MA) and crew,  Steve Benjamin (Norwalk, CT) on "Stella Blue" who with his crew leads the regatta on day 2 (July 8, 2017), and Connor Neeham and his U.S. Youth Etchells team from Shelter Island, NY. 

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Newport Regatta®, July 7-9, 2017


The 2017 Newport Regatta will mark the 33rd running of our signature annual event.

Sail Newport has a long history of hosting this East Coast keynote event for one-design classes where we live by our motto: "More Racing, Less Waiting, Cold Beer."

2.4mR, 505, A-Class Catamaran, Comet (ACCs), Ensign (ACCs), Etchells (Narragansett Bay Championship), F-18 Catamarans, 110 (Nationals), 29er, J24, J70 (NEs), Laser,  M32 Catamaran, Melges 20, RS Aero (Nationals), Swan 42 (NEs),  VX One Design (NEs)

Yesterday's weather was pretty much, well... miserable.  But, hardy New England sailors and troopers on the race committee powered through it to complete races for several classes on the first day of the 33rd annual Newport Regatta hosted by Sail Newport. 

Today the weather vastly improved with all classes getting in two or more races on the five circles of racing. The J/70 Class is the largest in the regatta with 29 entrants. Helmsman Peter Duncan (Rye, NY) is definitely contradicting the name of his boat "Relative Obscurity" by blazing across the top of the fleet with a 2-1-6-7-2 (18) giving him a solid first- place lead. 

Alternatively, young sailor John Kirkpatrick (Portsmouth, RI) is living up to his "Johnny B. Goode" Laser's name with a 1-1-1-1-1 (5) after one drop. Kirkpatrick, although still in his teens, is dominating a fleet of 20 veteran Laser sailors, former world, national and fleet champions. 

In the Etchells fleet, Steve Benjamin (Norwalk, CT) hasn't followed anyone in the regatta. Except for one race, Benjamin's team on "Stella Blue" has all first place finishes (1 -1 -1 -1 -5 ; 9) 

Only one point separates first, second and third place Swan 42s from each other. In first place after today's racing is John Hele (Newport, RI) on "Daring" with 7 points. Christopher Culver (Newport, RI) is only one point behind Hele with 8 total points for his crew on "Blazer."  

Paul Zabetakis' (Stuart, Fl) "Impetuous" easily could take second or first place in the Swan 42 Class with 9 total points going in to Sunday's racing.

More 110s are racing in this year's event than we have seen in a long time. Joe Berkeley (Hull, MA) looks like he's got the pedal down. Especially noteworthy is the fact that his drop race so far is only a 2!  Looks like he won't be leaving the regatta without silver to take home.


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Thank you to our neighboring clubs for supporting the 2017 Newport Regatta!

Ida Lewis Yacht Club                              Newport Yacht Club                              New York Yacht Club