Newport Bucket Regatta
Bringing together 19 boats over 70-feet, the Newport Bucket Regatta was held Saturday and Sunday, July 18th and 19th. After two days of racing, P2 finished first in Class and first Overall in the Fleet.
During the first day in 20+ knots of wind, P2 starting at the back of the fleet and helmed by Peter Holmberg, America’s Cup Helmsman in 2007 with Alinghi and in 2003 with team BMW Oracle, reeled in nearly the entire fleet, including the J Class beauties RANGER and HANUMAN. Holmberg and the P2 race team sailed P2 to a first place finish in the “Gazelles” and a second place overall.
In Sunday’s racing with 12-18 knots of breeze, P2 again started last but passed all but one of the Gazelles finishing 2nd in class. Along with her 7th place finish in the fleet, she secured the Overall title as Winner of 2009 Newport Bucket, along with 1st place in the Gazelle Class too.
P2, the new Racing Line breed of Perini Navi, has made her entry into the sailing world, getting the award for Best Sailing Yacht Design up to 44m, Best Exterior Lines, and she was also awarded the Superyacht of the Year.
Thanks to Dana White for some great photos. Stay tuned for more photos as well as the Newport Bucket DVD.