At the halfway point of the season

Ships race through the seas. — courtesy Elizabeth Stout

The July 29 race completed the first half of the Holmes Hole sailing season. An appropriately representative evening brought out 12 boats in the regular fleet and 4 Herreshoffs. The respectable south southeast breeze averaged around 10 knots bringing most around the triangle in well under an hour. Truckin’, a J/70 sailed by Zander Melany was again first across the finish, edging out Peter Howell at the helm of a VHYC Sonar by a skinny 10 seconds. A trio of ladies filled the top spots. It was business as usual, despite two penalties, for Woody Bowman’s Catboat, Julia Lee. She was first on corrected time with Angelina, an Alerion 28 skippered by John Stout, close behind in second. Roger Becker’s Gloria, a C&C 24 came in third. The order of the 12 1/2s was as follows: Piece of Cake, belonging to Judy and Dave Federowicz, Phil Hale’s Whirlwind, Stuart Halpert sailing Providence, and the Jones’ Lila. 

The first race of the second half of the season was a pursuit race to Tarpaulin Cove on Sunday morning. The idea is to apply handicaps at the beginning, so everyone has a different starting time. The object of the game is to bring all boats to the finish more or less together. Things didn’t work out so well on Sunday due to uncooperative conditions. Thirteen participants showed up for a start with a light south breeze as forecasted, which then veered north for everyone starting after Julia Lee, she with the largest handicap, and therefore first to go. Then even that promising whisper died out to nothing, causing many to struggle even to reach Nun 4 where a fair current could at least give a boost down the Sound. In the end, three boats made it to the end after around four hours of wishful thinking, and Alan Wilson surely wins the Perseverance Prize for lasting 5 hours and 40 minutes aboard Altius. Kintail, an Etchells sailed by Clayton Henke was first to the mark in the cove. The shortest elapsed time and second place was managed by Mo Flam sailing Penelope, an Alerion 28, singlehanded. Third place was taken by Angelina, another Alerion 28 belonging to John and Lisa Stout. Although the tide had turned, those with motors were happy with the assist getting home, but heaven only knows what time Alan Wilson finally picked up his mooring!