Holmes Hole sailing season is underway

Sailors race on a triangular course through Vineyard Haven Harbor. — Photo courtesy of HolmesHole.org

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association inaugurated its 39th season in fine style under ideal conditions on Thursday evening, June 18th. Skippers were well pleased with the new windward start, which brings participants into the harbor to nun 6 for the first leg of the race. Another innovation, starting the slower B boats 10 minutes ahead of the A boats, eased what has often been a hectic rounding of the first mark.

Fifteen sailboats started, and 14 finished, six in A division and eight in B. Tom and Laurie Welsh took first place in the A division in their J/100, Escape. In second and third places were, respectively, Ed Cerullo’s Undine, a Morris 36, and Phil Hale’s Tango, another J/100.

In the B division, Roger Becker ably sailed Gloria, a C&C 24, to victory, followed by two Alerion X28s: Mo Flam’s Penelope in second, and At Last, skippered by Jim Dixon, in third.

HHSA races are handicapped, and, remarkably, on Thursday all 14 boats, ranging from a Vineyard 15 to a J/120, finished within six minutes of each other on corrected time.

Sadly, Sunday’s Sound Race was scuttled compliments of Tropical Storm Bill.

Races are held on Thursdays and Sundays. All are welcome. For more information, visit holmeshole.org.