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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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One-Design Classes Old and New Prep for Battle at Annual Regatta

NEWPORT, R.I. — When New York Yacht Club Vice Commodore Bill Ketcham purchased his J/44 Maxine in 1996, the popular offshore racing design had been out of production for three years. Normally, this is strong indicator one-design racing is on the wane. More than 20 years later, however, the J/44 is still providing great one-design racing. Six will be sailing off Newport, R.I., this coming weekend at the 163rd New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex and eight will contest the class's North American Championship as part of the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week later this month.

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Ted Turner Receives New York Yacht Club's Highest Honor

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Tuesday evening, the New York Yacht Club honored Ted Turner with the New York Yacht Club Medal, the highest individual honor the Club can bestow. The ceremony was part of a reception at the 44th Street Clubhouse celebrating the 40th anniversary of Turner's Courageous crew, which won the America's Cup in 1977 and is the subject of a soon-to-be-released documentary produced by NBC.

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