2018-08-02 / Around Town

Spookie Shines at NYYC Race Week

By Sam Crichton

Winners of IRC 2 division Interlodge IV at NYYC Race week 2018. (Photo credit Stuart Streuli-New York Yacht Club) Winners of IRC 2 division Interlodge IV at NYYC Race week 2018. (Photo credit Stuart Streuli-New York Yacht Club) Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Spookie captured a second straight title in the 11th edition of the biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week, which took place over five days on Narragansett Bay and off Brenton Point.

Spookie won the IRC 1 Division, after taking the IRC 2 Division crown during the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta in June.

There were 11 divisions made up of one-design classes, the 12 Metres and J/109s, along with boats racing under IRC, PHRF, Classics and Offshore Multihull rating rules.

Local skipper Paul Zabetakis, along with local sailors Chafee Emory and CT Olander, took home the top prize in the IRC 3 Division on the Swan 42 Impetuous. In the six-boat division, Impetuous bested two other Swan 42s, winning by one point after the nine races were completed.

Interlodge IV, which won the IRC 2 Division, featured a number of local sailors as crew on the Botin 44. Captain Kris Matthews, who along with Terry Halpin, Rob McMillan, Juggy Clougher, Tom O’Donnell and Anderson Reggio, joined owners Austin and Gwen Fragomen on the winning team.

“We had a great first event sailing Interlodge IV again after a year hiatus,” Matthews said. “Great to get the boat and tram back racing in Newport. It was a huge team effort with a brand-new mast and many new team members. Very happy and look forward to racing again soon.”

In the Modern, the Traditional and the Grand Prix 12 Metre divisions, all nine boats used the week to practice for the upcoming 12 Metre North American Championship, to be held in Newport on Sept. 20-23.

Jack LeFort’s Challenge won the Modern Division, Anthony Chiurco and Kevin Hegarty’s Columbia took the Traditional Division, and Gunther Buerman’s New Zealand was first in the Grand Prix Division. Both Challenge and Columbia were also first at the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta.

In the Hereshoff S class, Andrew McClatchy’s Swallow took home gold in the eight-boat fleet.

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