The 34th George Moffett race

Scott DiBiaso captained Juno to a 14th place finish.
Photo by Toby Condliffe

Scott DiBiaso captained Juno to a 14th place finish.

With thanks to David Lott and John Amabile

Forty boats came to the starting line to begin the thirty-fourth George Moffett Race on Saturday. Four of the registered boats did not sail. Nine that started did not finish.

The fleet was divided into two groups with the slower boats starting at 11:20 am and the faster boats at 11:30 am.

It was a beautiful summer day with a building northeast wind, which shifted west during the race and topped out at about 12 knots.

The Race Committee, on the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club boat Vigilant, selected an 18.1 mile course suitable for the wind and the building west-setting current in Nantucket Sound. On the Vigilant were Honorary Principal Race Officer Brock Callen, Chief Race Scorer Charlie Felder, and Eleanor Morad.

The course took the fleet from the East Chop start, east to red gong 22 at the end of Hedge Fence Shoal, leaving green can 23A and green bell 23 to starboard. After leaving gong 22 to port, the fleet sailed north across Nantucket Sound to red bell 10 southeast of Wreck Shoal. After rounding the bell the fleet headed west to red bell 2 off Waquoit and continued west to green can 15 at L’Hommedieu Shoal. From can 15 the course went south, leaving buoy RW NW Mo(A) to starboard and finished inside East Chop.

Following the race the sailors convened at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club and enjoyed Chowder and refreshments prepared under the direction of Sally Culkin, as they learned of the race results.

On corrected time, the winners of the Moffett Cup Trophy were Kathy Logue and Ernie Mendenhall in the Tartan 34 Rocinante III. Ernie and Kathy are long time Holmes Hole racers from West Tisbury and have been close to the prize over the years. This year they brought it home.

Second to finish was Doug Heil in the J 24, Pearly Baker. J. Hammond was third in the Soling, Andiamo II. Fourth was Paul Young-Hyman in the Sonar, Eclipse. In fifth place was Ged Delaney, a previous winner and perennial top ten finisher, in the Avance 33, Ardent. Sixth was Roger Becker in the C&C 22, Gloria. Past winner and present Holmes Hole Commodore, Dan Culkin, finished seventh in Magic Time, a Vineyard Vixon. Eighth was Andy Berry in the Cal 33, Isobar. Phil Hale was ninth in the Shields, Wicked. Geoff Gibson was tenth in Latonka.

Then came (11) Irving Gates in King Kiwi, (12) Jerry Goodale in Stormalong, (13) Peter Goodale in Stormalong II, (14) Scott DiBiaso in Juno, (15) Brian Roberts in Aileen, (16) Steve Besse, a past winner, in Apres.

(17) Stuart Halpert in Providence, (18) Mike Loberg in Masquerade, (19) Mal Jones in Sanderling, (20) Bill Coogan in Flying Bugster, (21) Bill Huyett in Ferien, (22) Matt Thomas in Grasshopper, (23) David Lott in Avanti, (24) Jeff Robinson in Phra Luang, (25) Dana Thibeau in Christine, (26) Rebecca Colson in Silhouette, and (27) Jamie Wiseman, last year’s winner, in Perception.

Nine boats that started the race did not finish.