by Holley Toppa
It’s strange to think that the summer sailing of 2020 in Newport was kicked off with Wednesday night Shields racing. After the start on the first upwind leg, my dad, Mike Toppa is at the helm. Wednesday night Shields sailing happens every summer, but this first race felt like coming out of hibernation.
I remember saying out loud, “Wow, it’s the first race of the summer.” My dad [Mike Toppa], usually on the water as a North Sails Superyacht Expert, turned and looked at me with his big smile and replied, “Isn’t it cool!”
It’s not quite the summer we imagined. With COVID-19 rewriting everyone’s schedules along with new rules and regulations, it was hard to imagine how sailing was going to operate.
Normally, my dad would be going on another consecutive summer of commuting around the country and the world for anything superyacht related, but as we know, many of the happenings around the world have either been canceled or pushed back to a later date.
Source : Sailing Scuttlebutt