On Saturday, September 11, the nation commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11. For 20 years, Newport sailors have held an annual race around Jamestown to remember the victims, show their patriotism and raise funds for charitable organizations. The 20th Anniversary Sail for Pride event raised donations for three charities in a combined gross total of over $45,000. The charities to receive funding include The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Warrior Sailing and the Sail Newport Tim Mills’ Financial Aid fund for summer youth sailing. The annual sailing event titled “Sail for Pride” gathered 73 boats of all sizes for a race coordinated by Sail Newport and community partners. After waiting briefly for enough wind outside Newport Harbor, an eight to 12 knot southwesterly arrived, and all 10 fleets started south of the Newport Bridge. The boats racing around Conanicut Island went south toward Castle Hill. After rounding Beavertail, the wind increased for a short time for the front of the pack, but as the boats approached the Jamestown Bridge, the breeze backed off and went west, diminishing to five knots. The direction and low velocity made it tricky for some teams to get through the Jamestown Bridge easily. As the first boats in the fleet rounded the north end of Jamestown, the wind moved around to the southwest and piped up to a brisk 20 knots. The sea state also increased, and boats clocked gusts over 20 knots on the way south toward the Newport Bridge. The J/22 one-design fleet saw spirited racing in the east passage of Narragansett Bay. Winning was Susan Besse, followed by Mohamad Farzan in second and Matt Chao in third. For more Sail for Pride Race regatta information, visit https://sailnewport.org/.

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