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2018 Newport Regatta Registration

posted Jun 1, 2018, 4:23 AM by Alan Silken for registration for Newport Regatta

The S Class now has a registration for the Newport Regatta 2018 on July 7-8.    The 2018 link to Yacht Scoring is also updated on the Sail Newport website.





Matt Duggan

Regatta Manager


Volvo Ocean Race Newport 

72 Fort Adams Drive 

Newport, Rhode Island USA 02840 


T  +01 401 846 1983

M  +01 774 313 9578

2018 NB S Class season schedule posted.

posted Jun 1, 2018, 4:16 AM by Alan Silken

Please note that Bacardi has decided not to sponsor the Newport Race Week event this season.

"We are truly thankful for the S Class commitment to Newport Sailing Week, unfortunately with Bacardi dropping the program and us not finding alternate plans to keep the event alive, we are canceling the event for 2018. We will skip this year, but we will continue to work on bringing the event back for 2019. 

 Sorry for the change of plans and we thank you again for your continuous support throughout these years."


 Gabriele and Veronica


241 NE 61st Street

Miami FL 33137

O: +1 (305) 373.6671 ext. 108

M: +1 (407) 288.7782


NB S Class Annual Dinner Jan. 20, 2018

posted Oct 25, 2017, 1:02 PM by Alan Silken

This year our Annual Dinner will be held at the New SAILNEWPORT Marine Educational and Recreational facility in Fort Adams State Park.

Date: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018
Further details to follow.

Catered dinner  -  Presentations -  Awards

Sept. 18 NOR & Sailing Instructions

posted Sep 13, 2016, 7:19 AM by Alan Silken



ORGANIZING AUTHORITY:  Narragansett Bay Herreshoff S Class (the “S Class”)


1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.


2.1. Notices to competitors will be provided by email or, on the race day, by VHF radio, channel 73.


3.1. Any change to the sailing instructions will be provided by email or, on the race day, by VHF radio, channel 73.


4.1. There will be no signals made ashore.


5.1. Races will be held on Sunday, September 18

5.2. The scheduled time of the warning signal is 1200.

5.3. No warning signal for a new race will be made after 1530.

5.4.  Conditions permitting, it is our intention to run up to three races.


6.1. There will be no required class flag.


7.1. The race rendezvous is expected to be in the general area of the usual starting area for Tuesday night races run by the Newport Yacht Club, in the vicinity of Rose Island.   Changes in race rendezvous will be announced over Channel 73. 


8.1. All boats shall check in by radio on Channel 73 or by sailing by the race committee signal boat, until acknowledged by the race committee.  By checking in with the race committee, each boat, and all those sailing on each boat, acknowledge and agree to the DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY and MEDIA RELEASE referred to below.


9.1. No later than the warning signal for each race, the race committee will announce the course over Channel 73 including the order in which marks are to be passed and the side on which each mark is to be left.   Where the first mark is a mark set specifically for these races, the Committee will provide the approximate bearing and approximate distance to the first mark.   In the case of twice around courses the mark at the pin end of the starting line will be used as the turning mark in lieu of having a separate mark set for this purpose.


10.1.   Unless otherwise designated over Channel 73, marks shall be one or more inflatable marks set for these races.  The race committee may choose to use instead of or in addition to any inflatable mark set specifically for these races any mark or marks specified in the South Bay Race Chart or any other government mark.

10.2. There will be no offset mark or gates.

10.3. Change marks used in conjunction with rule 33 and instruction 12.1 will be yellow inflatable marks.


11.1. Races will be started by using rule 26.

11.2. The starting line will be between a staff on the committee boat displaying a flag (or other feature of the committee boat designated over Channel 73) and the nearby mark.


12.1. In the unlikely event that committee determines to change the next leg of the course, the race committee will lay a new mark (or move the finishing line) and remove the old mark as soon as practicable. When in a subsequent change a new mark is replaced, it will be replaced by an original mark.


13.1. The starting line will also serve as the finishing line.   For this reason, the finishing line shall be on the same side of the committee boat as the starting line. 


14.1. The first two sentences of rule 44.1 are changed to: “A boat may take a One-Turn Penalty when she may have broken a rule of Part 2 or rule 31 while racing.”


15.1. Appendix T 2.1 and T 2.2 apply.

15.2. Any boat intending to protest shall inform the race committee upon finishing of their intent and the yacht(s) being so protested.  Protesting yachts shall file a formal written protest with the race committee by email within six hours of the finish of the last race of the day.  A $50 protest fee (checks payable to NBHSCA) must be paid prior to the protest hearing and will be returned if the protest is upheld.  Decisions of the protest committee are final.

15.3. Protests will be heard on Wednesday, September 21 at 1800 at Newport Yacht Club, unless another time or place is determined by the race committee with reasonable notice to the boats involved.


16.1. For determining overall results of the races on Sunday, September 18, the low point scoring system, Appendix A, will apply; there will be no throw out for determining such results.

16.3. These races will count for the S Class fall and overall season series, using the scoring system previously announced for those series.


17.1. A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.

17.2. The RC VHF channel will be 73.

17.3. Competitors are reminded that Narragansett Bay contains restricted and deep draft navigation channels and that sailing vessels do NOT have right-of-way over vessels under power that may be restricted in their ability to maneuver.  Participation in this regatta does NOT provide standing over vessels that have right-of-way.


18.1. Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. The races have not been sanctioned by any sanctioning authority, and are being organized and run on a volunteer basis by members of the S Class, with the assistance of volunteers from the Newport Yacht Club, doing the best that they can to provide racing for the class.  See Rule 4, Decision to Race. The S Class, the Newport Yacht Club and the race committee and other volunteers shall have no liability for any damage, personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta. If you do not want to race under these conditions, please don’t sail.  Waivers previously granted to the Newport Yacht Club for any of their 2016 racing series or any other Newport Yacht Club event shall apply to these races as well.  A waiver shall be signed by all competitors and shall be considered one of the documents governing the regatta.   

18.2. Competitors and crew members on competing boats grant, at no cost, the S Class the absolute right and permission to use their name, voice, image, likeness, biographical material as well as representations of the boats in any media world-wide (being television, print, and internet media), including video footage, for the purposes of advertising, promoting, reporting and disseminating information regarding the regatta and the S Class, and and the competitors and crew members participation in the event.

19. TIDE

Sunday, September 18 – High Tide at Newport:  9:28 AM

Sunday, September 18 – Low Tide at Newport:  3:14 PM


Commodore Sloan Regatta - Aug. 6 racing results

posted Aug 8, 2016, 9:59 AM by Alan Silken   [ updated Aug 8, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

The "Commodore Sloan Regatta" Aug. 6, 2016 was a great success!

Stephan Sloan performed as Race Committee admirably, sharply dressed, a great solo performance! 

Race 1
1- McClatchey
2- Roy
3- Davis
(Barker did not come to the starting area for race 1)
Windward leeward course axis 230° distance 1 mile
Davis, with a commanding lead, rounded the pin end of the line and started back up wind and did not realize his error until McClatchy and Roy had finished.

Race 2
1- McClatchey
2- Roy
3- Davis
4- Barker 
Windward leeward course axis 230° distance 1 mile
Davis on course side at start and had to return McClatchy and Roy extended Leeds. Barker started on Port Crossing behind leaders

Race 3
1- McClatchey
2- Roy
3- Davis
4- Barker 
Windward leeward course twice around axis 192° distance 1.4 mile
Clean start by all yachts with the fleet splitting and racing up both sides of the international 210 class which was now racing in the S class race area. On the second Winward leg McClatchy found a magic combination of speed and height and pulled away from the fleet with Roy grinding back some of the lead by the top Mark and threatening throughout the final downwind leg.

2016 Season Schedule

posted Apr 18, 2016, 3:29 PM by Alan Silken   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 3:57 PM ]

Here is the 2016 Season Schedule.  

 As discussed at the annual meeting, this fills in gaps in the schedule with a few races we will run ourselves.

  •  There will be three (3) separate racing series, with awards for each Series and for the overall Season. There will also be a Cruise in August.
  •  Cox Sprague Scoring for all Series.
  •  Participation required: 60% for each series, 50% for season, but to qualify for season, must sail 60% of Fall races.  Same throw out regime as in the past. [ie. 20% of races may be discarded as long as yacht meets qualifying requirements.]
  •  Scoring will be based on boat, as usual, not skipper, but to encourage new people to participate in class, any boat owner can designate any race (in advance) as not counting for boat’s scoring (or participation) when sailed by another person.  Idea is to keep boats sailing and get more people out there to try S class racing.
  •  To encourage participation early and late (and long), remember that the Bello Trophy will be presented for best overall performance in first race, last race and long distance race. 
  •  We thought about trying to take the Class around the Bay on some of the additional weekends, but for this first year elected to keep this simple and sail out of Newport where we have best chance of getting participation and where we can line up consistent race committee support and places to gather if we want to after the races. 
  •  Except for the last weekend of the year in September (Boat Show weekend, September 17-18 when we will try to show off the Class by sailing in Newport harbor area) all of our own races will start north of the Newport Bridge at 1 pm.
  •  The S Class Invitational on August 6-7 will be a focus for our summer and a way for us to promote the class – this weekend will include the Six Meters and any other classic one designs who want to participate.   We plan to have a barbeque or pot luck supper that night at the Newport Yacht Club. 
  •  A lot of this is a bit of an experiment, and in that spirit we have scheduled two of our own weekends as Saturday only.   Some of us have difficulty telling family we are going sailing for both days on a weekend, and we thought trying this approach was worthwhile.  This also lets those who might otherwise be away one of these two weekend have a chance to sail at least one day.  Since we are running things ourselves, we should be able to do two or three races in an afternoon.
  •  Fred is planning on going to the Opera House Cup as several of us (including Fred) have done in the past (and may do again) and we are hoping to encourage others to join him.  
  •  To do this, we have reinstituted the traditional (non-scoring) long distance race, but shifted from Block Island to Cuttyhunk.   Date for this is Saturday August 13, with possible racing with the Quisset Fleet the next day, and a cruise to Quisset, the Vineyard and Nantucket in time for the Opera House Cup on Sunday August 21.   If we have even two or three boats, this would be awesome and there would be a good chance of having powerboat or auxiliary company for us.
  •  Race back from Herreshoff Museum to Newport on Sunday August 28 will also be non-scoring. 

 Comments and suggestions welcomed, and this is still subject to change, but to some extent we are going to need to exercise the mandate provided at the annual meeting and just make arbitrary decisions that undoubtedly will not make everyone happy.

 Having said all that, we doubt there is another one design class anywhere that can offer a schedule like this for our level of consistently great sailing and highly competitive racing.

 Geoff and Fred

Narragansett Bay Herreshoff S Class 2016 Season Schedule

 Spring/June Series (3 weekends)

NYYC Classic                                              June 4-5

NYYC Annual (Rolex)                              June 11-12

 Off weekend                                            June 18-19

 Bacardi                                                      June 25-26

 Off weekend                                            July 2-3, July 4th

Summer/July-August Series (4 weekends)

 Race Week at Newport                          July 9-10

 Off weekend                                             July 16-17

 S Class races                                              July 23 Saturday only

[North of Newport Bridge / Folk Festival weekend]

 S Class races                                              July 30 Saturday only

[North of Newport / Jazz Festival weekend]

S Class Invitational                                   August 6-7

[For classic one designs and meter classes/6 meters expected to come

North of Newport Bridge

Pot luck dinner or barbecue/drinks Saturday night At Newport YC? ]

 Long Distance Race/Cruise (10 days -- 2 weekends)

[Non-Scoring for Season or Summer Series]

 Race to Cuttyhunk                                   August 13

Raft up dinner in Cuttyhunk

 Quisset Fleet Racing                                August 14

[From Quick’s Hole area; Finish in Quisset unless some NBHSC boats want to return to Newport; Moorings in Quisset; Drinks/dinner with Quisset Fleet?]

Cruise                                                           August 15 - August 20

 [Quisset to Nantucket / Hadley’s? Vineyard Haven? Edgartown? 12 1/2 Fleet at EYC?]

 Arrive Nantucket                                      Thursday or Friday?

[Dinner or drinks with Alerion fleet?]

Opera House Cup                                       August 21

Return to Newport                                   August 22

[Escort/tow to be provided?]

Fall/August-September Series (3 weekends)

Herreshoff Marine Museum                August 27-28

Sunday Race to Newport is non-scoring

Museum of Yachting                              September 3-4

Off weekend                                            September 10-11

S Class Races                                            September 17-18

[In Newport Harbor / Boat Show weekend]


posted May 28, 2015, 5:36 PM by Alan Silken

6/6: Leukemia Cup (Newport)

6/13-14: NYYC Annual Regatta (Newport)

6/27-28: Bacardi Newport Regatta

July 7- Aug 25: NYC Tues. evening series (Newport) 

7/11-12: Tiedemann Regatta (Newport)

8/22-23: Herreshoff Regatta (Bristol)

9/5-6: Labor Day: MOY/IYRS Classic (Newport)

S boat VOLANTE for sale

posted Mar 16, 2015, 10:05 AM by Alan Silken

Herreshoff S Class boat VOLANTE is for sale!

Located in the Quissette fleet, Volante is a beautiful S boat in excellent condition.

Please contact Lawrence Peirson for details:

Lawrence Peirson
Client Development & Sales

+44 20 3379 3794 
+44 (0) 7730 321 006 

NYYC Race Week July 12-13

posted Jun 23, 2014, 4:16 AM by Alan Silken

Ahoy S Boat Captains--

This is your reminder to register for the upcoming NYYC Race Week event, July 12-13.

NYYC Race Week is a two-part event, with the S Class participating in Part I, "Classics Weekend" along with 12 Metres and CRF handicap racing. (Part II is for modern boats later that week.) 


The S Class will race on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13. 

The registration deadline is July 4 (after that date, a late entry fee applies):

PLEASE REGISTER and add your S boat to this event SOON! It is always great to have everyone out there on the water. There is nothing like a fleet of S boats to enhance the beauty of the bay.

An informal BBQ dinner party and awards ceremony will take place early on Sunday evening following the second day of racing. Tickets for the Sunday BBQ are $40 per person. 

2014 NYYC Annual Regatta

posted Jun 15, 2014, 6:55 PM by Alan Silken

Osprey, 1st, Surprise, 2nd, and Aquila, 3rd, triumph in two race regatta, overcoming the challenge of an absence of wind.

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