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Opera House Cup Race Recap

A cherished tradition, the Opera House Cup Regatta, is held on the third Sunday of every August on Nantucket. The Opera House Cup Regatta was the first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boat regatta on the East Coast, and it attracts some of the finest sailboats in the country. Past participants include former America’s Cup winners (Intrepid, Weatherly, Columbia), well-known competitors (Ticonderoga, Wild Horses, Blackwatch) and such other notable yachts as the Mystic Seaport schooner Brilliant and General Patton’s When and If. On the smaller side, prestigious boats in the Dragon class and the classic Herreshoff-designed and Nantucket-built Alerions challenge the big boys. There are ten primary awards presented to the winners of the Opera House Cup Regatta: Overall Winner – Cruising Division, Overall Winner – Day Racing Division, Panerai Best Performance, First to Finish, Vintage Grand Classic, Vintage Corinthian Yacht, Vintage Day Racer, Grand Prix Yacht, 12 Metre Class, and Alerion Class. In addition, there are other awards at the discretion of the Organizing Authority.

The Opera House Cup Regatta is the grand finale of Nantucket Race Week, and the events culminate with the OHC Awards Party, held under the tents on Jetties Beach on Sunday evening.

The 45th annual Opera House Cup was held last Sunday afternoon, 64 wooden sailboats competed in this years race. The blue skies and 10 to 15 knot winds made for a beautiful day on the water.

The racing division was won by Valiant, a five-time winner of the Opera House Cup. The cruising division was won by Nirvana, a 65 foot 1950 Hinckley.

Eleonora and Brilliant, a 62-foot schooner, were named the racing and cruising winners of the Cup at Sunday’s awards ceremony after an error was made in the start time for Eleonora.

Fortuna, captained by our very own Bill Liddle,  came in third in its class, Grand Prix day sailors, and eleventh in the overall racing division.

See the full list of awards below:

45th OPERA HOUSE CUP REGATTA RESULTS

Registered: 65
Started: 64
Finished: 62
Course: B, 21.01 NM Winds: 280◦, 10 -15 knots

OVERALL OHC WINNERS
OHC CRUISING DIVISION – 36 registered 1 NIRVANA, David Ray
2 SIREN, Peter Cassidy
3 GENTIAN, Ben Sperry

OHC DAY RACING DIVISION – 29 registered

1 VALIANT, Gary Gregory
2 BAPPLE, Bruce Failing
3 FIRST TRACKS, Brian Simmons & Tom Darling

CLASS WINNERS
SCHOONER CLASS – 7 registered 1 BRILLIANT, Nicholas Alley
2 ELEONORA, Brendan McCoy
3 EROS, Buzz Goodall

ALERION CLASS – 12 registered

1 BAPPLE, Bruce Failing
2 FIRST TRACKS, Brian Simmons &Tom Darling 3 FORTUNA, Bill Liddle

12 METRE CLASS – 6 registered

1 VALIANT, Gary Gregory
2 WEATHERLY, Deb Hoadley 3 INTREPID, Michael Patterson

 FIRST TO FINISH

ELEONORA, Brendan McCoy

PANERAI BEST PERFORMANCE WINNER

SIREN, Peter Cassidy

VINTAGE GRAND CLASSIC – 9 registered

1 NIRVANA, David Ray
2 MARILEE, George Pilgrim
3 BLACK WATCH, Kyle Durfur

VINTAGE CORINTHIAN YACHT – 18 registered

1 SIREN, Peter Cassidy 2 GENTIAN, Ben Sperry 3 SONNY, Craig Venter

VINTAGE DAY RACER – 5 registered

1 CHEERFUL, Tim Fulham
2 TILLY XV, Joerg Moessnang/Sigi Rittler 3 UNCLE BENNY, Samuel Lawrence

GRAND PRIX YACHT – 21 registered

1 VALIANT, Gary Gregory
2 WEATHERLY, Deb Hoadley 3 INTREPID, Michael Patterson

GRAND PRIX DAY RACER – 12 registered

1 BAPPLE, Bruce Failing
2 FIRST TRACKS, Brian Simmons &Tom Darling 3 FORTUNA, Bill Liddle

GWEN GAILLARD SPIRIT OF THE RACE AWARD

DEFIANCE, with NCS 420 sailor Natasha Vallett at the helm of her family’s Wianno Senior

ROBERT H. TIEDEMANN AWARD for Best Maintained or Restored Yacht: PIERA, captain Ira Conn, for her complete structural restoration in 2015-16

PERFORMANCE AWARDS

BLACKFISH, Ron Zarrella SANTANA, Wendy Schmidt LYNX, Alexander Peacock

PERSISTENCE TROPHY – for crossing the finish line last EILEEN MARIE, Peter Houston & Mike McManus

45th OPERA HOUSE CUP REGATTA RESULTS SPECIAL SCHOONER AWARD – for initiating the OHC’s first schooner class

TREE OF LIFE, Paul Morse

OHC SPONSORSHIP TROPHY – for the OHC Skipper or boat making the largest donation to NCS Anonymous, for $10,000

CLASSIC YACHT OWNERS ASSOCIATION’S “BEST IN FLEET” AWARD – TICONDEROGA, Scott Frantz

SPARKMAN & STEPHEN’S BEST CORRECTED TIME FOR the NANTUCKET REGATTA and OPERA HOUSE CUP –
COLUMBIA, Kevin Hegarty & Jephtha Tausig

August 21, 2017

Information is provisional and subject to modification Principal Race Officer: Charlie Cooper
Chief Judge: Timothea Larr