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Defender Proves Age Is Just a Number With Queen's Cup Victory

NEWPORT, R.I. — Three and a half decades ago, the 12 Metre Defender left Newport under less than ideal circumstances, having failed in its campaign to represent the New York Yacht Club in the 1983 America's Cup.

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Impetuous Claims Swan 42 National Championship; Gladiator, Temptation/Oakcliff and Entropy Win IRC Honors; Elvis Wins Inaugural New York Yacht Club Multihull Regatta

NEWPORT, R.I. — If everything had gone to plan, Paul Zabetakis and his Impetuous team would be celebrating their first Swan 42 National Championship and the opportunity to represent the host club in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup in September. While the former is something Zabetakis has chased for more than a decade, not earning the latter gives his win in the 11th Swan 42 National Championship a bittersweet quality.

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German Team, American Boat and Swiss Craftsmanship make a Power Trio at 163rd Annual Regatta presented by Rolex

NEWPORT, R.I. — With two firsts and a second in testing offshore conditions, Harald Bruning and his team on the C&C30 Topas (above with Dustin Longest of Rolex and NYYC Commodore Philip A. Lotz) separated from a competitive nine-boat fleet and won overall class honors in the 163rd New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, sponsored by Porsche and AIG and supported by Helly Hansen. Bruning's win also earned him a Rolex Submariner Timepiece for the best overall performance in the Annual Regatta's two-day series.

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Gladiator Outduels Spookie for Around the Island Honors

NEWPORT, R.I. — On the water, the father-and-son team of Tony and Bernard Langley sailing Gladiator (above, left) suffered the narrowest of defeats to Steve and Heidi Benjamin's Spookie (above, right) on Day 1 of the 163rd New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, and sponsored by Porsche and AIG. The two yachts raced neck and neck for 19 miles around Conanicut Island and were separated by just three seconds at the finish line, with Spookie crossing just ahead of Gladiator.

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