Fog in lower Narragansett Bay forced the first's day's racing in the New York YC Race Week at Newport into the upper bay, which paid off as the fog cleared earlier. A steady southwesterly and sun provided excellent racing conditions for the three PHRF classes and three IRC classes in two circles of handicap racing.
In IRC Class 4, Four Stars, a Beneteau 44.7, had a terrific day with a second-place finish, followed by two bullets. They finished the day in first, but racing was close all day, with the Express 37 Troubador finishing well all day with three third-place finishes.
One of the favorites in IRC Class 1, Blue Yankee, took first in the first race, but suffered a breakdown when their mainsail separated from its track. They had built up enough of a lead to keep their position, but were forced to retire before finishing the second race. Stark Raving Mad continued to finish well after Blue Yankee's departure, wrapping up first place for the day with 8 points, including a win on the third race.
The 12-Metre class saw two early leaders emerge in the Brazilian boat Wright on White and Kiwi Magic. The two Grand Prix boats traded first and seconds for most of the day, with Wright on White finishing the first day with 6 points, 2 less than Kiwi Magic.
1. Wright on White, Eduardo Penido, Rio de Janeiro, BRA, Wright on White, 12 Metre, 2-1-1-1, 5
2. Kiwi Magic, Bill Koch, West Palm Beach, Fla., Kiwi Magic, 12 Metre, 1-2-2-2, 7
3. Ralph Isham, New York, N.Y., USA 61, 12 Metre, DNF-3-3-3, 13
Class 12 Metres (Modern)
1. Ernest Jacquet, Boston, Mass., Freedom, 12 Metre, 3-1-2-1, 7
2. John P. Curtin, New York, N.Y., Intrepid, 12 Metre, 2-2-1-2, 7
3. Craig Millard, Newport, R.I., Courageous, 12 Metre, 1-3-3-3, 10