QUONSET, RI, AUGUST 11-12, 2012: The 20th annual New England 100 catamaran race was run out of Quonset Point last Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th, in Rhode Islands scenic Narragansett Bay. The race is a 100-mile, 2 leg, distance race featuring spinnaker beach cats 18 to 20 feet. This year’s race featured 14 Formula 18 cats and a single Inter 20 open class boat. Racers came from as far away as New Jersey to compete for the perpetual trophy, and it was hosted by Hobie Fleet 448 and the Eastern Area F18 crew.
Both days started off to relatively light winds but filled in to a nice 15-18 kts on parts of the courses. Possible storms forced the races PRO Mike Levesque and event organizer Rick Bliss to err on the side of caution, choosing a shorter than usual racecourse for the opening day. Saturdays course was approximately 25 miles, out from Quonset point, downwind to the Mount Hope Bridge under spinnakers, then back upwind for a quick jaunt over to Hog Island. At Conimicut Light, the boats rounded a government mark and began the long upwind run back to the finish line just off Quonsets Compass Rose beach.
The fleet was well spread out over the course, as the early morning start meant some racers weren’t even on the beach at the starting gun. Jim Zellmer and Joe Valente used their skills to fend off Chris Titcomb, who grabbed 2nd place for the day, and Sandra Tartaglino who rounded out the top three in third place. The finishers rocketed around the around the marks in under 2 hours and 40 minutes, while the back of the pack struggled to get back to Quonset in under 6 hours. One unfortunate team pitch poled their Wildcat, sending the crew through the mainsail! They struggled to make upwind progress under just a jib, did an emergency reef on their mainsail (with a knife!) and finally made it back to shore under a tattered main.
The 2012 New England 100 is to be sailed August 11-12 so make sure you don't miss out sailing New England's premier beach cat distance race. Here's everything you need to know to enter and enjoy the race:
MADISON, CT, JUNE 2-3, 2012: The Eastern Area F18 held the second in the Naragansett Cup Series at Madison, CT’s own Surf Club Beach by celebrating the memory of Madison’s and catamaran sailing mentor, Joe “Wild Thing” Manganello. Joe, a former member Blue Angels Flight Squadron, was beloved by all the students he instructed, and was influential in promoting the local interest of both recreational and competitive sailing through the Town’s ‘Share the Wind’ sailing school.
On this weekend, 14 F18 Sailing teams competed in the event of the Narragansett Brewery’s F18 2012 Summer Series, completing 9 races over two days in highly unusual and changeable weather conditions.