Warrior wins St David’s Lighthouse Division
Based on yesterday's provisional results, Warrior Won, the Xp44 skippered by Christopher Sheehan out of Larchmont Yacht Club has emerged as the St David's Lighthouse winner for the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch, the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race.
She finished on Tuesday morning at 10:10:25 and her corrected time was 70hr 40min 03sec.
The St David's Lighthouse Trophy goes to the corrected-time winner of the largest division. This year Warrior Won defeated 70 boats vying for the silver lighthouse replica. Only amateurs are allowed to drive the boats in the St David's Lighthouse Division
Second place in the St David's Lighthouse Division goes to the little Cal 40, Flyer, owned by Douglas Abbott. She finished yesterday morning at 7:20:24 with a corrected time of 71:33:05. High Noon, the first “Traditional” boat to finish, came third on corrected time.
After a slow approach to Bermuda, the Newport Bermuda race organisers expected the entire fleet to be in Hamilton Harbour by last night.
There were nine boats moored at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club marina overnight, and by 8am yesterday three more had made their way around from St George's, where yachts are asked to stay after arriving after dark.
By mid-afternoon 102 boats had finished off St David's Head. Another 25 were closing in on the line. 133 boats started in Newport and nine had retired during the race for various mechanical problems or gear failures.
The Double-Handed Division leader by mid-afternoon was Yankee Girl, a Morris Justine 36 co-skippered by Zachary Lee and Gust Stringos. Standing second was Jeroboam, Jonathan Green's Oceanis 351.
The Cruiser Division leader was Shearwater in Class 12. She's a Mason 43 skippered by Daniel Biemesderfer. Eight of her classmates were still racing, but expected in last night.
The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy will not be awarded. All seven boats in the Gibbs Hill Division decided not to start because of wind and weather concerns.
The Gibbs Hill Division allows unlimited professionals aboard.