Masquerade and Avanti Shine on a foggy Sunday
Photo by David Lott
Masquerade (Division "A") and Avanti (Division "B") took advantage of a shortened Sunday schedule on June 30 to win their respective divisions on a foggy, humid day.
Commodore Dan Culkin made the early morning call to cancel Sunday's annual Tarpaulin Cove race and keep the fleet closer to home on Course 1 which was run in reverse (East Chop-West Chop, twice around).
By start time at 10 am, the fog, which had kept East Chop hidden from view, began to lift and 10 boats hit the line. Winds were out of the SE, which made for a downwind start. The wind, which earlier in the week had threatened to be an unsettling factor, came in around 10-15 knots.
Apres, skippered by Steve Besse, made short work of the course, finishing in 1:07.30, nearly eight minutes faster than the next boat in elapsed time. However, corrected time is what determines a finish and skipper Michael Loberg brought Masquerade into the winner's circle with a corrected time of 1:12:51, giving the Morris 36 two winning Sundays in a row. Jerry Goodale in Stormalong (1:15.53) was second. Jim Dixon in At Last (1:17.03) placed third.
Avanti, skippered by David Lott, captured the win in the "B" Division on a corrected time of 1:09:36, which was the overall best time of the day.
Go Time is right at night
In the Thursday night series race on June 27, a windless night did little to dampen enthusiasm for the Holmes Hole fleet which showed up in force with 13 boats. Alex Pardo in Go Time took first place in 29:47 in a shortened race in which the boats were directed by the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club's Charlie Felder to West Chop and back. Brown Worrell in Second Wind was second in 29:51, and Andrew Berry took third in Isobar in 30:20.
The next race in the Thursday night series is July 4 at 6 pm.