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post #5 of Old 11-19-2008
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That sounds like a great race. You prepared well and it paid off. Congratulations!

Most of our long-distance east coast races are off-shore, rather than coastal. But there is a bi-annual Annapolis-Newport race, which serves as a feeder race for the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta and Block Island Race Week. It is held opposite years from the bi-annual Newport-Bermuda race.

The Annapolis-Newport Race, from the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) website:

The course heads south for 120 miles from Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, then east to the Chesapeake Light and hence northeast to Newport. After navigating the shallows and currents of the Bay, navigators have to decide if they want to sail the rumbline to Newport, go in towards the shore or head further into the Ocean.The record time for the race is held by Carrera, Joseph Dockery's Farr 60 skippered by Chris Larson, which set a new course record in 2001 of 42 hours, 58 minutes, 12 seconds. This broke the previous record set by Chessie Racing, George Collins' Santa Cruz 70, in 1999 at 47 hours and 45 minutes, which in turn had beaten a 12 year old record (53 hours and 31 minutes) of Starlight Express, a ULDB 70.

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