Smooth sailing for Holmes Hole

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Scheggia and Tango. — Mo Flam

An ideal evening for any sort of sail, Thursday, August 9, brought 20 Holmes Hole competitors to the start of a triangular race around the harbor on a rising tide. It proved a fairly speedy trip under a WNW breeze of 14 knots, and everyone made it around in under 50 minutes on corrected time, under an hour on elapsed time.

Heimkehr, an Alerion 28 sailed by Mead Wyman, took the honors for the B Division. Alan Wilson’s Stuart Knockabout, Altius, was second, with Tamu, another Alerion 28 skippered by Tom Wescott, in hot pursuit just 12 seconds behind.

In the A Division on Thursday, Tim Gollin’s Brenta 38, Scheggia, was third. Susan Waldrop, sailing a VHYC Sonar, came in second, while Jerry Goodale at the helm of his Catalina 34 won the day.

Ten knots of east-southeast wind was enough to push 12 boats to the finish of a pursuit race to Nun 4 off Edgartown on Sunday. Everyone arrived around 1 as planned, just as the tide changed so as to be favorable in both directions — 27 minutes was the span between the fastest and slowest, with five boats arriving within 90 seconds of one another after the nine-mile race. Sailing more or less into the wind the entire way, several tacks were needed to make the finish. Third place went to Heimkehr, edged out by Tashmoo in second. Tashmoo, a Shields, represents a switch for owner Bruce Stewart from his Soling of past seasons. First place went to King Kiwi, a Sabre 38 skippered by Irving Gates.

The 41st Moffett Race will be held on Sept. 8 this year. Anyone interested in registering should consult holmeshole.org for information. This race is an annual event in honor of George Moffett, a founding member of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association. He was an adventurous, intrepid and enthusiastic Vineyard sailor who died in 1978, at which time his widow established the race in his name.