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Leaders Dig In Before Today’s Big Finish

Leads remained unchanged today in all classes competing in the first half of New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. It was a surprising scenario, since a steady building breeze throughout the day allowed for plenty of racing and chances to mix it up.

“I guess they all did the right thing,” said Race Committee Chairman John Miles about the leaders. With one day to go, this was the third day of handicap racing for 66 boats in three IRC and three PHRF classes as well as a class for 12 Metres. (A Classic Class completed its series yesterday after two days of racing, and the Race Week’s four-day one-design segment will begin on Thursday after an Around-the-Island Race on Wednesday.) Half of the fleet completed four races, while the other half completed three.

For Four Stars, Timothy McAdams’ (Brewster, Mass.) Beneteau 44.7 that is leading IRC Class 4, tomorrow will be “conservative,” despite a whopping 20-point lead over second-place Vixen, the Swan 44 skippered by John Wayt of Jamestown, R.I. “We’ve sailed conservatively all week,” said Newport’s John Mollicone, who has been steering Four Stars and is Brown University’s Head Sailing Coach. “That has been the key. We sailed our own races, and we stayed out of trouble.” Four Stars won the coveted Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse Trophy for the IRC racing portion of the Bermuda Race earlier this summer and the New York Annual Regatta before that.

Tomorrow will be a relatively short racing day with two races and light-to-moderate winds anticipated by the Race Committee. “Thunderstorms are expected in the late afternoon, so we think we can get the races off before those come in,” said Chairman Miles.

One boat that will be looking to redeem itself is Numbers, the Farr 60 skippered by Dan Meyers (Boston, Mass.). Numbers was thrown out of today’s third and final race after an incident at the pin end of the starting line. The Naval Academy entrant Polaris, a Taylor 49 skippered by Midshipman Christopher Schubert, was forced into the mark by Edgar Cato’s (Charlotte, N.C.) Farr 60 Hissar, which in turn claimed that Numbers bore down on them in such a way as they could not avoid fouling Polaris.

The disqualification added 5 points to Numbers’ scoreline, toppling the boat from second overall to third and boosting Hissar from third to second. Meanwhile class leader Stark Raving Mad, the Reichel/Pugh 66 skippered by Jim Madden (Newport Harbor, Calif.) sailed clear and free to finish positions of 3-2-2, while Bob Towse’s (Stamford, Conn.) Reichel/Pugh Blue Yankee — back in the game after missing five races due to gear failure — showed its prowess today with an 8-1-1.

Video produced by T2P TV can be viewed at after 9:00 each night, compliments of Rolex Watch U.S.A., which has been the exclusive presenting sponsor of NYYC events since 1994. Supporting sponsors of Race Week include Mount Gay Rum and Heineken USA.

Rolex Watch U.S.A. has been the exclusive presenting sponsor of NYYC events since 1994. Supporting sponsors of Race Week include Mount Gay Rum and Heineken USA.

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