First Chance Regatta
The second annual International 210 Association “First Chance Regatta” was sailed in Newport this weekend and it was a great success. Saturday’s weather was beautiful with winds out of the north east at 9 – 15 kn with sunny skies.
10 boats were at the starting line, a good turnout for these 29′ sloops that Ray Hunt designed in 1940 for 12 Meter crew training. Crews traveled from Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Six races were sailed Saturday with the windward mark just 100 yards off of Banisters Wharf given the downtown crowd a spectacular view of boats hoisting there spinnakers as they rounded.
Sunday’s races started inside the harbor but had to move outside of Goat Island due to the shifty winds. Five more races were complete in winds out of the southeast at 8-12 knots.
Sail Newport was a great host and Seaman’s Church provided a great venue for the lobster dinner Saturday night.
In The Hunt – Patrick Clancey, Boston
Quatro – Steve Dutcher, Newport
Charette Too – Mark DeShong, South Boston