Carina Wins Second Straight Lighthouse Trophy

Rives Potts’ McCurdy and Rhodes 48-foot _Carina _takes the first-place St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy for the second time in a row at this year's running of the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race.

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Carina: Newport Bermuda Race

Carina at the start of the Newport Bermuda Race.bermudarace.com

Going into Monday evening, LLwyd Ecclestone's Kodiak crew was hopeful of winning the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy, the most coveted of the three main Newport Bermuda Trophies awarded to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Then came Carina to steal the show.

It looks as though, Based on provisional results, Rives Potts' McCurdy and Rhodes 48-foot Carina (Westbrook CT) won Class 3 and the silver scale model St. David's Lighthouse Trophy for first in the Division and probably more loot to boot. Carina with Potts at the helm won the same first place trophy in the 2010 race and in 1970 Carina won it under Richard Nye. This ties Carina with Finisterre as the boat with the most lighthouses on her trophy rack. Finisterre won three in a row under Carleton Mitchel 1956, 1958 and 1960.

Carina finished at 6:16PM in Bermuda and had a corrected time of 45:08:16. The US Naval Academy's new Navy 44 Defiance was second in Class 3 behind Carina and also second in the St. David's Lighthouse Division. Her corrected time was 45:42:50. The US Naval Academy's older Navy 44 Class 2 boat, Swift, was first in her class and third overall for the division with a corrected time of 46:09:04. It was a pretty tight race with just 26 corrected minutes between these top two boats in the division after a 635-mile sleigh-ride.

Read more of Talbot Wilson's article on the Newport Bermuda Race website.