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Annapolis-to-Newport Race gets underway in solid winds

Annapolis-to-Newport Race gets underway in solid winds

While the skies were overcast and the day as a whole was gloomy, sailing conditions for the first start of the 2015 Annapolis-to-Newport Race were ideal. Organizers with host Annapolis Yacht Club got roughly half the 72 participating boats started on Thursday morning in 10-12 knot northeasterly winds. A total of 33 boats comprising four classes blasted down the Chesapeake Bay at a reaching angle. Most of the boats were able to set the spinnaker shortly after crossing the line and headed toward the Eastern Shore. This year marks the debut of a new starting format that divided the fleet based on size and speed. Thursday's start was for the slower boats while Friday's start will...

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