The HHSA concluded its summer season of handicap sailing racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with two harbor races on September 5.
Sunday was a sunny crisp, late summer morning with a robust 15-20 knots of west southwest wind. Eight boats came to the line for a 10:00 am start.
In the A Division, Steve Besse started the day with a comfortable lead for the season championship. However, the B Division title was on the line with four boats separated by just four points. High school junior Rebecca Colson in the Nonsuch, Silhouette, led venerable two time Moffet winner Alan Wilson in the Marshall Cat, High Tide, by just one point.
The race committee called for a triangular course from nun 6 to red nun 4 at West Chop, then to green can 23a at East Chop and back to red nun 6 in the harbor, twice around.
The first leg was a run downwind. After jibing around the mark, a broad reach to West Chop ensued with a tough beat to windward back to nun 6.
Finishing first and clinching the A division was Steve Besse in the J120, Apres. Second was Jerry Goodale in the Pearson, Stormalong.
In the B Division, first was Alan Wilson in High Tide. Second was Rebecca Colson in Silhouette. Third was David Lott in the Cape Dory 27 Avanti. Fourth was Dan Culkin in Magic Time and fifth was John and Lisa Stout in Isabella. The one-two finish of Wilson and Colson caused a tie entering the season finale in the afternoon race.
The 2:00 pm start saw the same robust wind. Eight boats posted and the race committee called for the same triangular course.
Finishing first in the A Division was Nick Hammond in the Soling Andiamo II. Second was Jerry Goodale in Stormalong. Third was Roger Becker in Gloria.
In the B Division, Rebeca Colson was first in Silhouette, a clutch victory which sealed her division win. Alan Wlson was second in High Tide. Dan Culkin was third in Magic Time and fourth was David Lott in Avanti.
The Summer Standings:
Division A: 1 Steve Besse, Apres; 2 Roger Becker, Gloria; 3 Mike Loberg, Masquerade.
Division B: 1 Rebecca Colson, Silhouette; 2 Alan Wilson, High Tide; 3 David Lott, Avanti.
The Holmes Hole Sailing Assn. season concludes with the Moffett Race, Saturday.
The 33rd Moffett & 22nd Pat West
At press time, 44 boats had been registered to compete in the 33rd sailing of the George Moffett race, Saturday, September 11.
Irving Gates of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association, sponsors of the race, told The Times that 44 boats were registered but that the number would probably change as some of the registered boats had been hauled out of the harbor due to the threat of Hurricane Earl. At the same time, the Committee had decided to accept some late registrations also caused by Hurricane Earl.
This year’s Moffett Race is dedicated to Francis “Pat” West, the first and only Commodore of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association, and George Moffett Jr., a veteran racing and cruising sailor who won both the SORC and the Bermuda race on his yacht Guinevere. He donated Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary to the Island and explored Newfoundland and the Ethiopian Highlands with his camera.
The Moffett Race Skippers Meeting will be held at Gannon & Benjamin on Friday, September 10 at 5:00 pm. The Awards Party will be held at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Saturday, Sept. 11, at 5:00 pm.
The 22nd Pat West
The 22nd Pat West Gaff Rig and Schooner Race will be Saturday, September 18, beginning at 11 am. The entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 13.
The Skippers Meeting will be Friday, Sept. 17, at Gannon & Benjamin. The Awards reception will be at SailMV in Vineyard Haven at 5 pm the same day as the race.
The race committee is Nat Benjamin, James Lobdell, Roger Becker, and Hugh Schwarz.