31st New England 100 goes to Michael Easton & Tripp Burd

Michael Easton & Tripp Burd (front) – Todd Riccardi & Dalton Tebo (rear)

New England 100 is sailed under Portsmouth Yardstick, but 10 out the 14 registered Spinnaker Cats were F18s, and two of them trusted the two first places: Michael Easton & Tripp Burd, and Todd Riccardi & Dalton Tebo, both teams sailing the new Nacra Evo.

Weather conditions did not permit beach cats to sail on Saturday, hence to reach the 100 Miles goal, but Race Officer offered competitors to complete Course 10, “35 Miles Around Islands in Narragansett Bay” on Sunday, in 15+ knots.

Narragansett Bay map

Some highlights:

  • Ben and Daniel Setareh, capsized prior to the (downwind) start, and started on their side, then righted the boat and completed the race, finishing 11th…
  • The most challenging conditions of the day were at Beavertail, the first mark of the course for all boats, where the seas were 3-5 feet with winds in the lower teens (knots), with some higher gusts.
  • Organizer Chris and Max Bulger, and the defending champion team John and Peter Giuliani, capsized at Beavertail.

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It is to notice 2020 New England 100 was a very emotional edition, one year after the tragedy where Sandra Tartaglino lost her life, when her family addressed the following note to organizers and competitors:

To the Organizers,  Volunteers and Sailing Teams who participated in the 2020 NE100:

It was a wild and windy Saturday and a very wet Sunday but nothing could dampen the spirits of all  who were there to honor the memory of our daughter Sandra. 
It was an amazing weekend for us to spend time with you, hear your stories and learn even more about how many of you knew Sandra for many years.  Your willingness to come out, in the most challenging public health crisis in modern history, and willingly comply with all the restrictions and safety recommendations in place, not to mention less than optimal weather conditions,  in order to make this event happen this year is inspirational. 
We regret not being able to provide you with a nice hot bowl of R.I. clam chowder and a few spicy “stuffies”  after racing Saturday.  Also, we wish we’d had more time to visit with each team and thank you personally for making the trip.  We know some of you travelled long distances, and for some of you, we learned, it had been a long time since you had raced.  
We want you all to know how much your presence, especially during this week, (the anniversary of the accident), lifts our hearts.  Our family is extremely grateful and honored.   We know Sandra would never have imagined how much she meant to so many.  

We wish you safe travels, good health and fair winds

The Tartaglino Family