Holmes Hole race results: Light winds, fresh breezes

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Andy Berry sailing Isobar. – Photo by Susan Waldrop

On July 2nd the third Thursday Harbor Race rallied 19 Holmes Holers to an overcast start. A perfect 10-knot breeze came out of what had appeared to be a light air floater. All made it off the crowded start safely, despite a few dicey situations. Two guest boats raced as well, bringing the total to 21. Welcome back to Mischief, with Bob Lurie at the helm, and Sam Peterson on his O’Day Mariner.

Charlie Felder and Zander Meleney led the A Division over the line in Truckin’, a J/70. Second was Mike Loberg’s Masquerade, a Morris 36. In the third spot was Pieter Pil aboard a VHYC Sonar. Two J/100s were fourth and fifth: Escape, skippered by Tom Welsh, and Phil Hale’s Tango. A Hanse 335, Soma Holiday, owned by Frank Sutula, came in sixth. The speediest boat in the fleet, Apres, a J/120 sailed by Steve Besse, finished seventh on corrected time. Mike Powers’ Artful Dodger, a Tartan 3500, was next. In a photo finish, Isobar, a Cal 33 skippered by Andy Berry, crossed the line two seconds after Go Time, a Sonar sailed by Alex Pardo, but prevailed by one second on corrected time.

Bow Van Riper took the honors in the B Division with his Vineyard 15, Tyche. Roger Becker’s nimble Gloria, a C&C 24, was second. The next four boats, all Alerion 28s, finished within two and a half minutes of one another in elapsed time; At Last, owned by Jim Dixon, in third; Mead Wyman on Heimkehr fourth; Mo Flam’s Penelope in fifth; and Providence, sailed by Stuart Halpert, sixth. The Cape Dory Avanti belonging to David Lott came in seventh. David McDonough’s Trinity, a C&C 37 making her 2015 debut, rounded out the division. A late start contributed to a longer time. Lots of changes to absorb this year.

On a sunny July 5th, a fresh breeze drove 17 boats across to Falmouth in the Sunday Sound race. The tide was flooding east for the afternoon, and therefore favorable for most of the race. Even as the tide comes into the harbor, there is an outflowing current along West Chop because the rising tide is captured by East Chop, circles into the harbor, and then flows out. While easing the long first leg on Sunday, it can surprise swimmers, rowers, kayakers, and paddleboarders. Crossing the Sound to the mark, racers had to guess the compensation for being set to the east. And heading for home, it was a bit of a struggle making the turn into the harbor across a current that wanted to take everyone to Oak Bluffs. Mike Loberg, singlehanding Masquerade, swept the A Division. Quite an accomplishment. Escape, owned by Tom and Laurie Welsh, followed. Phil Hale’s Tango took third. In fourth spot was Isobar, skippered by Andy Berry, and Apres, sailed by Steve Besse, was sixth, despite having the shortest elapsed time.

David Lott won the B Division in Avanti. Trinity, sailed by David McDonough, was second. In third was Irving Gates aboard King Kiwi. Stormalong, skippered by Jerry Goodale, came in fourth. Fifth was Tyche, sailed by Bow Van Riper and his daughter Katie. Next were two Alerion 28s, Stuart Halpert’s Providence followed by Mo and Pam Flam aboard Penelope. In eighth place was Isabella, a G&B Bella sailed by John and Lisa Stout, with Roger Becker on Gloria just one minute behind on corrected time. In tenth place was our newest racer, Heimkehr, sailed by Mead and Betsy Wyman, who say they are still struggling to grasp the sometimes byzantine flags, courses, rules, and start times. Understandable.

Because of the Vineyard Cup, there will be no Holmes Hole races this week.