Regarded as a perennial favorite in the esteemed Newport to Bermuda Race and other prestigious sailing regattas, Carina has developed a strong reputation as one of the winningest mid-sized yachts in modern sailing, and was recently restored with Alexseal topcoat. Owned by Rives Potts, Rear Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and President of Brewer Yacht Yards, Carina is a 40 year old aluminum yacht with classic lines and a winning pedigree. The 48’ sloop has now participated in the Newport to Bermuda Race a record 21 times and has won the race on three occasions, the first in 1970 under skipper Richard S. Nye and under Potts in 2010 & 2012 in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. Carina has also completed the Transatlantic Race, Fastnet Race and the Sydney/Hobart Race; circumnavigating the globe on her own bottom to do so.
When Potts decided to renew Carina’s topcoat prior to the 2014 racing season, his colleagues at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Connecticut teamed up with Alastair Smith of Alexseal to ensure they achieved the world-class finish this classic yacht so rightfully deserves. Her new Super Jet Black topcoat provides a high gloss finish that emphasizes the top craftsmanship of her initial design and construction, as well as the flawless preparation and application executed by the Brewer Yacht Yards paint team. Finding the right balance of performance and durability are key factors in any long distance sailing endeavor, and Alexseal’s mix of these properties have helped Potts and the Brewer Yacht Yards staff renew and maintain the heritage, competitiveness and beauty of Carina’s timeless design.