Navy sloops sweep Annapolis-Newport


June 17, 1993|By Nancy Noyes

This year's Annapolis to Newport Race didn't set any speed records, but for the sailors of the Naval Academy's Varsity Offshore Team it will be one to remember.

Navy sailors aboard the Academy's four Navy 44 sloops entered in the race, which began at noon Saturday at the mouth of the Severn River, swept the top four positions in PHRF IV, and placed 1-2-4-5 in the PHRF fleet overall.

The first two boats in both cases, Swift, skippered by 2nd Lt. Ara Barton of Johnson City, Tenn., and Lively, skippered by Ens. Alex del Castillo of Sebring, Fla., finished three seconds apart Tuesday after about 76 1/2 hours. The fleet sailed a 473-mile course down the Chesapeake Bay and up to Newport, R.I.

The Swift blew out its spinnaker as it passed Block Island, and for the last 25 miles Swift and Lively changed leads on a surfing reach. They were bow to bow coming into the finish until Swift surged ahead to finish first.

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