Avanti Ends long drought as Holmes Hole sailing begins

Kiteboarders raced alongside Holmes Hole sailors in an evening race on June 6. — Photo courtesy of David Lott

Avanti, skippered by David Lott, rallied on a come-from-behind beat into Vineyard Haven harbor from the RGN buoy in a corrected time of 1:00:45 to win the opening Sunday race of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association summer season on June 9.

The win was only the second for Avanti in its tenure with Holmes Hole. Skipper Lott and crew celebrated on board nearly as long as it took to complete thecourse. Phil Hale on Wicked was second (1:05:13).

With southwest winds freshening from 10 to 14 knots after a 1 pm start under blue skies, six boats came to the line. The fleet followed course No. 2, whichtook them to East Chop, West Chop, then out into the sound and back.

Magic Time, skippered by Dan Culkin, was third; Tyche (Bow Van Riper) placed fourth; At Last (Jim Dixon) took fifth; and Penelope (Mo Flam) was sixth.

Kiteboarders spice up night race

The night race on June 6 got a boost by the first-ever addition of kiteboarders. The high-fliers began the race five minutes after seven boats came to the line for the 6 pm start and still finished first after slicing and dicing their way around the same course.

With winds running 10-15 knots out of the southeast, Charlie Felder wisely sent the fleet around the traditional triangle two times. The tide was flooding with the fleet, which helped the boats get around the course in under 80 minutes.

Under cloudy skies, Jim Dixon skippered At Last to a close win in 1:07:37 over Mo Flam’s Penelope (1:08:32) and Jerry Goodale on Stormalong (1:08:35). Remedy, skippered by Dan Pesch, was fourth, followed by Isobar (Andy Berry), Apres (Stephen Besse), and Avanti (David Lott) DNF.

The Thursday night racing series continues June 13 at 6 pm. For more information and for instructions on how to join, visit holmeshole.org