On the water

Holmes Hole sailors get back to their racing.

courtesy Lisa Stout

The next best thing to being in the water during last week’s oppressive heat was being on the water. After a day when almost anything took too much effort, 14 lucky sailors were able to compete in Thursday evening’s Holmes Hole Sailing Association race around the harbor. The refreshing 10-knot south-southwest breeze, sometimes shifting more to the south, brought everyone around in about an hour. As clouds gave way to some sun, Truckin’, a J70 sailed by Zander Melany, was first across the finish line. Bliss, the J35 skippered by Adam Hayes, once again took first place, beating Gloria, Roger Becker’s C&C 24, by just 40 seconds. In third place was one of three Alerion 28s, Angelina, sailed by John and Lisa Stout. Three boats competed in the Herreshoff (a.k.a. Doughdish, a.k.a. H-12) class on Thursday: Stuart and Beverly Halpert brought Providence in first, and Leap of Faith, belonging to Tom Hale, was second, edging out his brother Phil’s Whirlwind. 

Changeable wind speed and direction and unreliable currents made strategy the challenge on Sunday. The restorative southwest wind more or less settled at around 10 knots, but was full of puffs up to 18, and shifted into the south at odd intervals. The fleet of 11 was divided on how to return from the Falmouth shore, and were widely scattered until arriving at the finale of the 10.6-mile course at Nun 6. In the end, Adam Hays sailed Bliss into yet another first place (alas, earning a penalty for three consecutive wins). Bliss was also first across the finish line, arriving just 11 seconds ahead of Escape, Tom and Laurie Welch’s J100. Roger Becker’s Gloria came in second, and the Stuart Knockabout, Altius, singlehanded by Alan Wilson, was third. 

Five Herreshoffs raced their shorter course on Sunday, and finished as follows: Lila, owned by Jim and Janet Jones, in first, Leap of Faith second, and Whirlwind third.

Holmes Hole races are held on Thursdays and Sundays. All are welcome. Please consult holmeshole.org for details.