Hamilton, Bermuda, June 27, 2014 - Royal Bermuda Yacht Club - The US Naval Academy TP52 Constellation has won the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta held Friday June 27 in Bermuda’s Great Sound and adjacent waters. Only the second race counted in the results and Constellation won that.His Excellency the Governor of Bermuda Mr. George Fergusson, who sailed aboard Constellation in both races, was at the helm of last leg of the final race. He drove the yacht from the Great Sound, through Two Rocks Passage and on to the finish off the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton Harbour.
Race 1 was a windward-leeward course that was eventually abandoned following a protest against the Race Committee that raised the point that boats had sailed the proper course. The Race Committee abandoned Race 1 under RRS32.1(e) “for any other reason directly affecting the safety or fairness of the competition.”
Apparently there was confusion over the course being sailed. The course posted on the signal boat was Course 1, a windward-leeward, three-lap course. Constellation rounded the leeward mark for the second time and then saw the Principal Race Officer sighting the line and the secretary in place to record finishers. They thought they needed to finish and returned, crossed the line and got a horn, signaling a finish. Boats them followed across the finish line and got the signal.
There were two misses… miscommunication and misunderstanding. The committee abandoned Race 1 as unfair competition.
Race 2 featured ‘tour of the Island’ courses. Class 1 through 3 sailed a course to the windward mark, then deep into Port Royal Bay and back out to a right turn into the Grannaway Deep and returned back out into the Great Sound, and around a ship channel mark in the middle of the Sound. From there the course went straight back through Two Rocks Passage to the finish in Hamilton Harbour.
The new Navigators Division race for cruiser types was also a flexi course, but different. This group called Class 4 didn’t go into the Grannaway Deep. Instead they sailed to the far west corner of the Great Sound and on to the finish.
Only one race was scheduled for Class 4. It was won by Glenn Doncaster’s Sabre 426 Nanuq from Fishing Bay,Virginia.
Anniversary Regatta Results
Overall top three winners of Class 1 through 3, the ‘traditional’ Onion Patch Racers:
1- Constellation, USA 52221, TP52, Joshua Forgacs, USNA, Annapolis, MD
2- Stark Raving Mad, USA 61011, Swan 601, James Madden, Irvine, CA
3- Christopher Dragon, USA 4304, Sydney 43, Andrew & Linda Weiss, Mamaroneck , NY
Overall top three winners in Class 4/Navigator’s Division:
1- Nanuq, USA 93555, Sabre 426, Glenn Doncaster, Raleigh, NC
2- Defiance, USA 51868, Defiance, Swan 56, Peter Noonan, San Jose, CA
3- Black Watch, USA 71, Black Watch, Custom Yawl, John Melvin, Riverside, CT