Thursday’s 15-mph SW breeze made for a speedy and sporting Holmes Hole race around the harbor. Most of the 13 boats took about 40 exhilarating minutes to complete the triangle. Sienna, Jerry Goodale’s Catalina 34, won the A Division, with Apres, a J120 sailed by Steve Besse, just 3 seconds behind on corrected time. Third place was taken by Escape, the black J100 belonging to Tom and Laurie Welch. The B Division was won by Bow Van Riper and his daughter Katie, sailing his Vineyard Haven 15, Tyche. Two Alerion 28s filled the second and third spots: At Last, skippered by Jim Dixon, was second, and Angelina, belonging to John and Lisa Stout, came in third.
A steady 18-mph NE wind took over on Saturday, building to storm warnings on Sunday. The scheduled sail down the Sound to Tarpaulin Cove was canceled, replaced by a harbor race. Despite the boisterous wind, whitecaps in the harbor, and intermittent showers, seven salty competitors showed up for the start. In the end, just three finished, all in the B Division. Penelope, Mo Flam’s Alerion 28, had the shortest elapsed time for the triangle of the summer; however, she lost to Tamu, another Alerion sailed by Tom and Holly Wescott, by 41 seconds on corrected time. Cherry-red Gloria, Roger Becker’s C&C 24, bore bravely through the waves into third place. A wet and wild ride for all three.
Next Thursday and Sunday will be the last races of the official Holmes Hole Sailing Association season. Remember to sign up for the Moffett Race on Sept. 7. Anyone can win, as has been shown in years past. After the Moffet, there will be postseason racing that continues until fingers freeze to the tillers. This is a very hardy crowd, and anyone is welcome to participate.