Candy Store Cup
2011 Candy Store Cup
Forget the race for the Auld Mug... On June 9, the race took off with Silver Cards on the line!
Boat Name Boat Type Owner Rating
Vesper Botin & Carkeek 52 James Swartz 1.381
Vanquish Reichel Pugh 65 All American Offshore Team 1.529
Shockwave Reichel Pugh 72 George Sakellaris 1.580
mar mostro Juan K. Volvo 70 Kenneth Read 1.652
Rambler100 Juan K. 100 George David 1.877
Open to all boats over 50' LOA with an endorsed IRC Certificate, the Candy Store Cup is a pursuit style, 40 mile race starting and finishing in historic Newport Harbor with a party to follow at the world-renowned Candy Store.
With a $5,000 entry fee* and one year's worth of drinks at the Candy Store for the winning boat on the line, the 2011 Candy Store Cup was a high-octane adventure for the biggest and best boats around. The boats rocketed around the course with an average wind of close to 17 knots in perfect sea breeze conditions. With Vanquish off the line first at 1300 and Shockwave starting 7 minutes behind, they both took off upwind on their way out of Narragansett Bay. Looking over their shoulders, they could see the massive PUMA mar mostro and her signature cat breathing heavily, itching to chase them down. With a start time of 13:16:49, mar mostro had a lot of ground to make up on the kids of the All American Offshore Team (Vanquish) and the well trained crew aboard George Sakellaris's Shockwave. Mar mostro mowed them both down and took the lead just over 60% of the way through the race and battled fiercely the rest of the way to hold off George David's Rambler 100. Ultimately, the PUMA Volvo 70 team crossed the line with Rambler fast approaching, beating them by just under 2 minutes. What a sight to see two of the best teams in yachting in a gybing duel from Castle Hill to the finish. Congrats to PUMA and the crew aboard mar mostro. You battled hard and won Silver Cards for your team!
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*All fees collected will be recognized as tax deductible donations to be split between Sail Newport and the 2011 Sail for Pride beneficiaries (the Wounded Warrior Project and the Rhode Island Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Fund).