Sail Newport’s “Spring Bash” a Spirited Celebration of the Volvo Ocean Race

Auctioneer Geordie Shaver clad in patriotic USA garb


Giving new meaning to the term “shore leave”, sailors, friends and supporters of  the USA and  the hometown yacht Vestas assembled on a rainy evening at the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Fort Adams to……party!

Nick Dana ( of Vestas), Chelsea Meissner, Amory Roth & Sofia Gineo arriving

It was nautical but nice, as guests in red, white and blue regalia vied for the Stars & Stripes prize, and danced to the hot music of “Sugarbabies”.  The live and silent auctions drew animated bidding on both experiences and items from auctioneer (and patriotically clad) Geordie Shaver.


Patriotic Pamela O'Connor with Donald Tofias

The bar was amply supplied with Heineken, Mount Gay and Whispering Angel wines, sponsors for this year’s annual event, a fundraiser for Sail Newport’s public access sailing programs for 2018. The burger bar was an ongoing attraction.

Robyn & Bob Spagnolo

Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport, greeted guests from the stage, and introduced two gentlemen,  Donald Ruth and Kevin Dawson, from sponsor West Marine.

As for the costumes, which were imaginative indeed,  the winners were
Best Couple: Sam McMurtrie and Kate Neubauer; Flagasaurus: Caitlin Niemic; Dances (Off of Boats) with the Stars: Angus Davis; Newport Classy: Gregg Griffin; Best Striped Pants (and Dance Moves to Match): Elizabeth Norton; Tallest: Joe Dwyer; Best Group: Geronimo/Wind (US Sailing Staff).


The party went on--and on-- right up until the midnight witching hour.




The stage, set for music



The lively check in table



Sam McMurtrie,  Kate Neubauer & Dieter Bromkaw were patriotically "behatted"




Les Girls -- Heather Shaver, Ingrid Martins, Mara Perchunian & Libby Kirwin




Volvo Ocean Race Yachts on their Newport stopover




Host & Executive Director of Sail Newport Brad Read




A flag dance




Bob Kerr & Jennifer Assaia



Leppy McCarthy & Friends -- cheers!



Kevin Dawson & Donald Ruth speak to the guests




Captain Timothy Laughridge & Stephanie Ginan



Sugarbabies rocked the tent!





Jerry & Kim Kirby. Rome & Gaelen Hass



What? Over 400 guests here?



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