Donald Tofias buys Sparkman & Stephens:
Newport, RI (August 31, 2018) – Sparkman & Stephens has announced that Donald Tofias (Newport, RI) has purchased the iconic yacht design and brokerage firm. Mr. Tofias will assume the role of President of the firm, having purchased 100% of the assets. Donald Tofias is a lifelong sailor and founder of the W-Class Yacht Company.
Over the past 30 years Tofias has owned and campaigned a Waldo Howland and Ray Hunt, Jr. Concordia Yawl, a W. Starling Burgess Cutter, and for the past 20 years, W-Class Racing Yachts, including the W.76 sloops, designed by Joel White, which will now be marketed by Sparkman & Stephens.
Donald Tofias said, “We intend to preserve the histo…
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Will Welles wins J/24 World Championship:
Riva del Garda, Italy (August 31, 2018) – Will Welles’ Kaster of the USA has achieved his second J/24 World Championship in five years, this time at the 40th edition of the prestigious Championship on Lake Garda. With crew Nick Turney, Rich Bowen, Giuliano Cattarozzi, and Andrea Casale, the Newport, RI-based helmsman recorded 47 net points in 10 races.
Next best was Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan who ended with 68 points. Three Americans followed: Keith Whittemore’s Furio, Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger and Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics, who dominated today’s three contests with a 2,1,1. The day’s other race winner was Welles.
The IJCA also awarded its perpetual trop…
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