The 34th annual Newport Regatta took place in Newport, Rhode Island this past weekend. The race included the following classes: J24, S-Class, 2.4mR, 505, Ensign, Etchells, F18, VX One, M32, J70, C&C 30, J22, Melges 20, Laser and RS Aero.
Tuned at below base for most of event, except for one race on Saturday that was 8-10 knots and raced at base (Team Africa). Doyle recommends using previously broken in jibs for light air events and never allowing the jib to furl badly in order to keep them top notch.
Doyle has both a J6R and a J8R with high clew designs. The J8R has an even shorter leech/higher clew to accommodate the Seldon mast on the French made boats, which like more rake – but can be used on the US boats with Southern Spar masts for even higher clew preference.
It was great to see so many Doyle sails out on the water and making top rankings.The J/70 fleet was deep with talent, including 3 previous World Champions on the starting line.
A special mention goes out to Peter Duncan's J/70 Relative Obscurity and their first place finish. The J/70 ws crewed by skipper and owner Peter Duncan, mainsail trimmer Victor Diaz de Leon, jib & spinnaker trimmer Willem van Waay and Max Hutcheson on the bow.
J/70 Africa placed third, fighting back from starting day 2 in 7th place, having had to do penalty circles in a race on day 1 – 10th in that race with no throw outs. The boat was crewed by skipper Jud Smith, Lucas Calabrese as tactician, trimmer Will Felder and Marc Gauthier on the bow.
Alejandro Perez, chartering, El Sindicato came 13th in the regatta, but were overall happy and was able to participate in the Willem/Jud clinic last week. The travelled from South America to join the race so it was an amazing effort for them to be there.
Hannah Swett also raced with Doyle sails and although there was not a Corinthian class at the event, she was the top amateur and 11th over all. She is a past Yngling World Champion & previous Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year.