North America's oldest annual regatta, New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta was held June 8 - 10. The regatta actually featured two separately scored events: the Round-the-Island Race on Friday and two days of racing Saturday/Sunday.
This iconic race around Conanicut Island spans 22 miles and features but a handful of turning marks. This year's conditions were spectacular - 11 to 13 knots of breeze out of the south and a strong flood (into and up the bay) tide.
A clean start at the boat enabled AN to be among the first to
tack towards Jamestown seeking current relief. This proved
beneficial and an early lead resulted. Once clear of The Dumplings, the
call was made to head to the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay. A few
tacks kept AN out of the tide until the time came for a relatively long port tack back across the channel to the first mark off Beavertail.
The team had the boat moving well under heavy #1 and full main. While threatened, at the rounding, the only boat to get past was the bigger Hanse 430 Gallop who rounded first with AN not far back.
A spectacular run up the West Passage ensued with AN taking advantage of
her ability to square back her A2 asymmetrical running chute. This
enabled the boat to hold off the faster-rated boats behind her and stay
in touch with Gallop. The result was that AN rounded the two marks at the top
of Conanicut Island still in second.
Conditions lighted and got considerably patchier for the beat south out the West Passage to the finish. The combination of some good sailing and a 20 degree left turn in the wind allowed the J100 Grimace to pass AN by enough margin that she was probably correcting out in front at that moment.
But Grimace chose to continue east past Gould Island where she encountered considerable foul tide and a less friendly wind situation. The result enabled AN to rally and re-cross Grimace comfortably just before sailing under the Newport Bridge. All that remained was to dodge a few 12 meter boats and hope that Gallop hadn't legged out enough to save her time.
In the end, Gallop finished 4m18s ahead which wasn't enough and AN corrected out ahead by 1m17s with a Tripp 37 third, 8 seconds ahead of Grimace.