50th Thrash Prize List is Posted

The Prize List for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race is posted here.  A total of 114 prizes were awarded on Saturday, June 25, at a Government House ceremony presided over by His Excellency, The Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson, with the Commodores of the Cruising Club of America, Jim Binch, and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Leatrice Oatley. Below are Barry Pickthall’s photos of a few of the happy winners.

Christopher Sheehan and Warrior Won's hard working crew won the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy presented to the winner of the largest of the five divisions that raced the 635-mile course.

Christopher Sheehan and his crew in Warrior Won (here with Governor Fergusson) won the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy for top boat in the St. David’s Division, largest of the five divisions that raced this year.

 

Owners Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark and skipper Kenny Read accepted the prizes awarded the big Comanche as top boat in the Open Division, and also as first to finish. The boat set a new elapsed time record of 34 hours, 42 minutes, 33 seconds–an 18-knot average speed on the 635-mile course, breaking the old race elapsed time record by five hours.

Comanche owners Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark (with Governor Fergusson and Commodore Oatley) accepted the prizes as Open Division winner and first to finish with a  new elapsed time record, breaking the old one by five hours.

 

The first award was one of the most popular of the ceremony. The new Stephens Brothers Trophy for the top boat with a youth crew went to High Noon, the American Yacht Club (NY) entry in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division with seven of her 10 sailors (two girls and five boys) ages 15-18. Only 41 feet long, the very aggressively sailed High Noon was second boat to finish behind Comanche, beating many larger competitors. This was the one of several trophies won by the young crew and their three adult shipmates.

The new Stephens Brothers Trophy for the top boat with a youth crew went to High Noon, with seven crewmembers (of a total of 10) ages 15-18. Only 41 feet long, High Noon was second boat to finish behind Comanche and third in St. David’s.

 

The last prize, as always, was the Galley Slave Trophy awarded to the coo of the last boat to finish. The two crew of Whisper, Thomas Vander Salm and John Browning accepted the award in good cheer--and suitable dress. (Photos by Barry Pickthall/PPL)

The two crew of Whisper, Thomas Vander Salm and John Browning, accepted the Galley Slave Trophy for the cook of the last boat to finish–both with exceptional good cheer and in suitable dress. (Photos by Barry Pickthall/PPL)

 

 

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