Newport Bermuda Yacht Race Prizegiving Held

June 26, 2016

[Written by Talbot Wilson]

His Excellency, The Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson did his duty Saturday night on the podium in front of Government House. The seasoned diplomat shook hands, shared awards and trophies, and posed for photos 114 times with skippers and crews of more than 50 yachts.

Sharing duties with the Governor were Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Leatrice Oatley, Cruising Club of America Commodore Jim Binch, and the RBYC Vice-Commodore Jon Corless. The RBYC Honorary Secretary Andy Burnett-Herkes was Master of Ceremonies.

Christopher Sheehan and his Warrior Won crew, presented with the St David’s Lighthouse trophy by Governor George Fergusson at the Newport Bermuda Race prizegiving at Government House last night. Photo: Barry Pickthall/PPL

Newport Bermuda Prizes 26 June

Warrior Won, an Xp41, skippered by Christopher Sheehan of Larchmont [NY] Yacht Club took the main prize, the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy. This silver replica of the island’s landmark lighthouse is awarded to the boat in St. David’s Lighthouse Division with the best corrected time. This division was the largest in the fleet with 110 entries.

The 7 young sailors from High Noon, winners of elapsed time honours for traditional boats, with the Governor. Photo: Barry Pickthall/PPL

Newport Bermuda Prizes 26 June (2)

Shearwater won the Cruiser Division’s Carleton Mitchell Finisterre Trophy for first place on corrected time. She’s a Mason 43 sailed by Daniel Biemesderfer from Stonington Harbor Yacht Club.

Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark, owners of Comanche, presented with the Royal Mail trophy for first tin the Open Division, by His Excellency, The Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson and Leatrice Oatley, Commodore of the Royal Bermuda YC. Photo: Barry Pickthall/PPL

Newport Bermuda Prizes 26 June (3)

Spirit of Bermuda won the Spirit of Tradition Division against three other competitors and was awarded the War Baby Trophy. The crew of 32 and friends of Spirit accepted the prize from the Governor.

The crew on Spirit of Bermuda, winners of the Spirit of Tradition class, with His Excellency, The Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson Photo Barry Pickthall/PPL

Newport Bermuda Prizes 26 June (4)

Among the Double Handed sailors, Yankee Girl was first out of 16 entries with co-skippers Zachary Lee of Pelham, New York and Gust Stringos of Skowhegan, Maine sharing the helm. Stringos won the Moxi Prize as crew and Lee won the Phillip S. Weld Prize as the designated skipper.

Thomas Vander Salm and John Browning from the double hander Whisper, awarded the Galley Slave trophy for last to finish by His Excellency, The Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson. Photo Barry Pickthall/PPL

Newport Bermuda Prizes 26 June (5)

Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark’s Comanche won the Open Division, the newly established Race Record Trophy and the Royal Mail Trophy for first in Division. Skippered by Ken Read, Comanche was first to finish taking line honours and setting a new Open Division elapsed time record of 34 Hours, 42 minutes and 33 seconds.

Christopher Sheehan and his Warrior Won crew celebrating with all the silverware they won, after the prizegiving at Government House last night. Photo Barry Pickthall/PPL

Newport Bermuda Prizes 26 June (6)

Sailing High Noon, the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team from American Yacht Club took line honors for traditional boats. The crew of seven 15-18 year-olds, two parents and a coach won the new Stephens Brothers Youth Trophy as their Tripp 41 came second overall across the line with an elapsed time of 72 hours, 44 minute, 11 seconds.

And the bragging rights go to… Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark, owners of Comanche, and Christopher Sheehan, skipper of Warrior Won. Photo Barry Pickthall/PPL

Newport Bermuda Prizes 26 June (7)

High Noon was also the top individual boat in the Onion Patch Series. She won both the Catherine Hollis Memorial Trophy for best performance in the Newport Bermuda Race by an Onion Patch Series entry and the Henry B. duPont Memorial Trophy as top boat in the three-event series… the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, the Newport Bermuda Race and the RBYC Anniversary Regatta.

Comanche, the 100ft yacht owned by Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark, and skippered by Ken Read set a new elapsed time record for the Bermuda Race of 34h 52m 53s, breaking the previous record set by Rambler in 2012 by more than 4h 36s. Photo Daniel Forster/PPL

2016 Newport Bermuda Yacht Race finish.  COMANCHE crew led by skipper Ken Read set a new elapsed  time  record of 34h 52m 53s, breaking the previous record set by RAMBLER IN 2012  by more than 4h 36s.

Last but not least, the Class 2 double-hander Whisper, a Hinckley 48 yawl sailed by Thomas Vander Salm and John Browning, shared the Galley Slave Trophy for their last place elapsed time finish. They sailed the course in 132 hours, 27 minutes and 47 seconds. Whisper finished just shy or 100 hours later than Comanche.

The complete prize list and photographs taken at the prize giving will be posted on bermudarace.com shortly.

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