Tuesday, July 12, 2005


It's confirmed - I'm racing the Third Annual Newport Bucket Regatta, sailed out of the Newport Shipyard this coming weekend. The Newport Bucket is an invitational regatta open to yachts over 90-feet (27-meters) - it's really more of a parade for megayachts than a hard nosed race. I'll be aboard the S/Y Avalon, a 108' Rodney Holland designed, Pacific Yachts-built ketch owned by Tom Taylor out of Texas. For those who followed this earlier post I went for the bribery option...a nanny for six hours on Saturday and a hour long facial spa treatment. I'll get around to bringing the wife and kids along for this type of event, but a three-month old baby and a Newport Regatta don't mix. After racing Saturday they'll do the traditional Yacht Open House where all yachts are encouraged to participate in putting forward cocktails and appetizers for their competition. It'll be a great way to get a rare glimpse of some of the most magnificent sailing yachts on the planet. On Sunday Carnegie Abbey will host the Bucket Awards 8 miles up Narragansett Bay. The entire fleet is invited to proceed up the bay after Sunday’s race and anchor off the clubhouse for the dinner and dance reception. I'm very excited to be able to take part in this - stay tuned for updates.

Megayachts racing the 2005 Newport Bucket include:

  • The 118-foot DuBois/Alloy Atlanta
  • The 108-foot Custom Holland
  • The 168-foot Perini Persius
  • The 104-foot Bruce King Whitehawk
  • The 112-foot S&S Zingaro
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