Red Grant Regatta July 9-10

On its 151st anniversary, the Raritan Yacht Club, located in Perth Amboy, NJ, hosted the 70th annual Red Grant Regatta in Raritan Bay approximately 10 miles south of the Verrazano Bridge. The regatta continued its tradition as the largest keelboat regatta in NY Harbor/NJ coastal area. 46 boats raced in a various windward/leeward and point-to-point races, including a competitive 10-boat J/105 division. Competitors benefitted from steady breezes in the 15 knot range and good weather. There were three races on Saturday in warm cloudy weather with 10-15 knots out of the southeast. Paul Beaudin’s Loulou took two bullets and a sixth to lead Paul Zajac’s skål by a point and Mark van Schalkwyk’s Circe by two points in close racing. On the second day of the regatta, a front came through along with a fresh northwest breeze. Skål pulled ahead in the first race with Ann & Gary Myer’s Magic taking a bullet and moving up to within three points of skål and tying Loulou. Loulou showed its real potential by coming back to clearly win the last race to take the regatta. The rest of the fleet was compressed in very close racing with all finishing within a few boat lengths. Skål got lost in the mix by finishing ninth and Magic finishing sixth. In the final results, Loulou won with 16 points. Magic won the tie-breaker over skål, both with 22 points. Circe and Marcus Wunderlich’s Stratos finished just behind with 22 and 25 points, respectively. The regatta and charity auction proceeds benefited the US Coast Guard Foundation, and Goslings was the primary sponsor. Click here for full results.

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