Best place to be

Start of the A Division, from left: VHYC Sonar (Susan Waldrop), Tango (Phil Hale), and Escape (Tom Welch). — Lisa Stout

On Sunday, July 21st, as temperatures and humidity soared, the best place to be was on the water (or perhaps in the water). Holmes Hole sailors were blessed with a good southwest breeze that built from 12mph to a brisk 17 over the afternoon.

The average elapsed time for the A Division was an exhilarating hour and a half for the 9.2 mile sail. The course was one that is seldom used. The first leg is straight out into the Sound, followed by two zig zags between the two chops, and then home. Tim Colon was first of the seven finishers sailing Zenith, his Whitney 45. Jerry Goodale was a close second aboard Sienna, a Catalina 34. In corrected time, Sienna was only 19 seconds behind Zenith. Susan Waldrop sailed one of the VHYC Sonars neatly into the third spot. 

Tamu took the honors in the B Division. Out of the five competitors, three were Alerion 28s, Tamu being one, skippered by Tom Wescott. Second place went to Alan Wilson sailing Altius, a Stuart Knockabout, and Tashmoo, a Shields sailed by Bruce Stuart, was third, only 12 seconds behind Altius.

The Thursday evening race was cancelled last week because of rain. Holmes Hole races are scheduled for Thursdays and Sundays. All are welcome. Please check for more information.