'On-Form' Kennedy Grabs 2nd Place in Regatta

Wind back in Kennedy's sails
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 4:48 AM CDT
Sen. Edward Kennedy leaves his schooner after competing in the second half of the 'Figawi' sailboat race in Hyannisport yesterday.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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(Newser) – Ted Kennedy didn't miss the start of the sailing season, despite his recent diagnosis of brain cancer, reports the Boston Herald. The senator made a surprise decision to compete in the last leg of the Figawi regatta off Cape Cod, and guided his schooner into second place. Family and friends said Kennedy was his usual self—and is looking forward to competing next year.

"It couldn’t be a more beautiful day,” Kennedy said after the race. “We have wonderful friends and family. It’s a tradition out here and we had a great day.”