2015 New England 100 Wrap Up

2015 New England 100 Wrap Up

August 14, 2015 | BRISTOL, RI – The 26th Annual New England 100 Distance Race took place this weekend with 15 teams showing up from as far away as Maryland and Illinois. Everyone enjoyed textbook Narragansett Bay conditions each day with the light breeze filling in at 11am, building to a pleasant 12-15 kts SSW sea breeze by 1pm that lasted until 6pm. Making its regatta debut in the Northeast was the Nacra Carbon 20 FCS sailed by Todd Riccardi and Kurt Korte.

On Saturday sailors enjoy the 55 nm course 8 (Start in Bristol Harbor, Round the north side of Prudence Island to port and then sail up the west passage, under the center span of the Jamestown Bridge, around Whale Rock then retrace those steps back to Bristol Harbor). It got off to a slow start with Mike and Tripp on their Falcon F18 leading the fleet out of the Harbor. Unfortunately they chose to gybe away early on the way to Prudence and missed the breeze filling in along the Prudence shore. Bob and Tyler on their C2 led the charge of boats to the shore which paid off with dividends. After rounding Prudence and heading south they were the first boat to get the newer strengthening breeze which allowed them to continuously increase their lead. It took the N20FCS over 15nm into the race to finally catch and pass them at Quonset Point. Once the Todd/Kurt got themselves sorted after rounding Whale Rock, they had the FCS foiling incredibly fast downwind though the F18 fleet. They were followed a few minutes later by Bob/Tyler who had an 8 min lead on Skip Whyte / Chris Titcomb, who were followed closely by Mike/Tripp. Disaster struck Bob/Tyler with less than 3nm to go in the race when their traveler car eye strap exploded. They jerry rigged the mainsheet to the beam to finish the race but gave up valuable time and distance. They finished the race just 33 sec. ahead of Mike/Tripp. Saturday evening sailors were treated by Sandra’s parents (Jack and Paula Tartaglino) to some awesome homemade Rhode Island stuffed quahogs (aka ‘stuffies’), Rhode Island Clam Chowdah, Brownies, and Watermelon while everyone talked about their day’s adventures and traded tuning tips.


With lighter breeze forecasted for Sunday, PRO Oliver Moore selected 45nm course 6 (start in Bristol Harbor, round Gould Island to starboard, round Hope Island to starboard, round Gould Island to port and then return to Bristol Harbor) which had lots of opportunities to shorten the course, if need be. Racing again started in light breeze with the fleet splitting tacks around Hog Island just after the start. Those who started out by following Ben Hall on his A Cat and kept Hog Island to port jumped out to an early lead over those who tried to keep the island to starboard. Again, as the breeze built throughout the morning those in the lead got richer. In the F18s up at the front of the pack for the first 15 nm upwind grind was Sandra/Chas, Mike/Tripp, John/Pete, Jim/Joe and Blair/ Blair/Cat Stavola. Bob/Tyler got stuck in the pack trying to go to the other side of Hog Island after the start and created a full day’s worth of work grinding through the fleet to try and hold onto their lead. As the boats rounded Hope Island, the N20FCS had a huge lead but unfortunately, Todd/Kurt rounded Hope Island the wrong way leading to a DSQ for the race, but they were able to enjoy some 15nm of foiling downwind from Gould to Bristol in steady 12 kts of wind with flat water that had both grinning ear to ear. At the finish, Mike/Tripp had jumped out to a 6 min lead on Sandra/Chas who were followed a minute behind by John/Pete and then Bob/Tyler.


1st F18 / Corrected: Mike Easton / Tripp Burd – Falcon F18

2nd F18 / Corrected: Bob Merrick / Tyler Burd – C2 F18

3rd F18 / Corrected: John Guilano / Peter Guiliano – C2 F18

1st Open Class: Todd Riccardi / Kurt Korte – Nacra Carbon 20 FCS

1st Youth Team – Joe Bello / Enzo Digioia – Nacra F18 Infusion

Youngest Sailor – Bastian Madsen – Nacra F18 Infusion

Longest Distance Sailed Award – Ben Setareh / Guy May

Newest Cat Sailors (WELCOME TO THE FLEET GUYS!) – Chas MacBain and Enzo Digioia

Full results / Race times here

Position Sail Number Skipper Crew Race 1 elapsed Race 2 elapsed Cummalative elapsed
1 11 Michael Easton Tripp Burd 4:13:02 3:34:10 7:47:12
2 281 Bob Merrick Tyler Burd 4:12:35 3:44:20 7:56:55
3 94 John Giuliano Peter Giuliano 4:17:13 3:43:06 8:00:19
4 286 Skip Whyte Chris Titcomb 4:16:50 3:47:43 8:04:33
5 1719 Sandra Tartaglino Chas MacBain 4:22:45 3:42:45 8:05:30
6 7 Joseph Bello Enzo DiGioia 4:22:25 3:47:10 8:09:35
7 21 James Zellmer Joe Valante 4:34:18 3:48:02 8:22:20
8 245 Dino Garbero Seth Herzon 4:47:00 3:55:45 8:42:45
9 USA 1 Ken Madsen Bastian Madsen 4:34:06 4:19:15 8:53:21
10 1 Ian Ray Peter Libre 4:49:40 4:38:39 9:28:19
11 1065 Benjamin Setareh Guy May 6:04:53 4:53:35 10:58:28
12 1620 Blair Toland Cat Stavola 4:40:56 DNF N/A

Lindsay’s Photos (Thank you Lindsay!)

Sam’s Photos (Thank you Sam!)

Huge thanks to…

Our event sponsors:


Bristol Yacht Club

Narragansett Beer

Jack and Paula Tartaglino

Our race committee:

Oliver Moore (PRO)

Ken Madsen (Event Organizer)

Danielle Neri

Sam Moore

Andi Bailey

Lindsay Smith

JP Mitchel

Rick Bliss