BP205 - Vesper2013-06-19< Back < Previous News Next News >
NEWPORT, R.I. (June 16, 2013) – The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex—the oldest regatta in the country—has entered the history books for the 159th time after two days of weekend racing (June 15 and 16) preceded by an optional and separately scored competition “Around the Island” on Friday (June 14). With 153 teams competing, the 2013 edition also was the largest Annual Regatta on record, with enough action on the water and ashore to guarantee the event’s venerable reputation into the next century.
After winning the Around the Island Race and its prize of a Rolex watch for best performance among all IRC competitors, Jim Swartz (Salt Lake City, Utah) continued to showcase his team’s prowess by winning all but one of five races to dominate IRC 1. Until today, his TP 52 Vesper’s toughest competition in the Annual Regatta was George David’s (Hartford, Conn.) 90-foot Rambler, which turned in top-three performances over three races on Saturday to secure second place and on Friday had taken line honors in the Around the Island Race, which it completed in a record 1 hour, 40 minutes and 15 seconds. But while Rambler had promised a challenge early-on, it failed to follow through on Sunday, posting an 8-6 to allow Takashi Okura’s (Tokyo, Japan) TP 52 Sled to claim a 1-4 and climb into second overall (from a fourth on Saturday). Sled also claimed the spot at the top of the scoreboard when this class (all but Vesper and Rambler included) was dual-scored under the High Performance Rule (HPR).
“The crew is flawless, and the boat is fast,” said Swartz, who counts this as his third season sailing Vesper. “It has been a fun boat to sail; it goes upwind beautifully and flies downwind.”