Devocean sails away to victory
Devocean, a Swan 45 yacht owned by Jamestown’s Stephen DeVoe, cruised to four first-place finishes in five races to take the IRC 3 class at the New York Yacht Club’s 157th Annual Regatta held June 10 to June 12.
A total of 135 boats competed in the regatta and the event broke all of its past attendance records. “It was bloody hard work,” said Ken Read of Newport, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing’s Volvo Open 70 mar mostro, which won the IRC 1 class. “But anytime you have good breeze and gnarly condition, you feel like you actually accomplished something.”
With eight boats competing in the IRC 3 class, Devocean began the regatta by finishing third in its opening race. It followed up its third-place finish with four straight wins in the remaining four races (3-1-1-1-1=7), easily finishing ahead of Snow Lion, a Ker 50 owned by Lawrence Huntington of New York City (1-3-2- 5-3=14), and Interlodge, a Swan 42 owned by Arthur Santry and John Jacquemin of Arlington, Va. (2-4-3-2-5=16). The remaining boats in the IRC 3 class were Cannonball (21 total points), Seawolf (27), After Midnight (30), The Cat Came Back (38) and White Rhino (38).
DeVoe and Read’s boats weren’t the only Rhode Island vessels that stood out at the regatta. Michael McCaffrey’s (Newport) Osprey and Angus Davis’ (Bristol) Aquila came in first and second place, respectively, in the Herreshoff S Class class; Joseph Dockery’s (Newport) Sonny won the Classics/Spinnaker class; John Taft’s (Newport) Fortune came in second in the Classics/Non-Spinnaker class; Jonathan Loughborough’s (Newport) Belle and Jed Pearsall’s (Newport) Clarity came in first and third, respectively, in the Metre class.
Also, Bill Berges and Ben Hall’s (Tiverton) Bluto won the PHRF 2 class, while John Lavin’s (West Greenwich) Dirty Harry and Mike Ryan and Richard Barker’s (Newport) NightHawk finished second and third, respectively, in the class; Jim Lengel’s (Portsmouth) Top Cat and Gordon McNabb’s (Middletown) Flying Cloud 11 finished first and second, respectively, in the PHRF/ Non-Spinnaker class; and Charles Milligan’s (Newport) Act One finished second in the IRC 5.