July 6th races (July Saturday Series)
By Ted Burt:
Again, only two S Class entrys appeared at the starting line, both reefed down with crews wrapped in slickers. Teaticket was sailed by veteran Alan Haigh, who was still basking in the glow of victory from Thursday’s Fourth of July Trophy race. Olive, sailed by Doug Cooper and the Karplus Team, looked to avenge the holiday loss. The match race involved a long beat across Woods Hole and around the Weepecket Rock buoy, followed by a run to the Woods Hole bathing beach and another run to Racing Beach. Finally, there was a quick upwind leg to the ﬁnish off Quissett entrance. This time the margin of victory was slimmer, but the results were the same. Teaticket continued to be the boat to beat pending the expected arrival of at least two other S-Class boats later in the month.
Herreshoff 12 1/2s race two shorter races on alternate Saturdays, just to provide variety and to reward the crew that can get a good start and sail fast on shorter legs. The ﬁrst race was a windward-leeward twice around, sailed in gusty winds and choppy seas. The second was a gold cup course (triangle / windward / leeward) sailed in somewhat lighter wind with a continuing chop. Either way, it didn’t matter. Tom and Kristen First got great starts and led throughout, winning both races by comfortable margins. Alec Clowes sailed consistently well in Due Dilligence, scoring twin third places. Jack and Elizabeth Morse continued up the comeback trail following decades away from the race course, and we are pretty certain that they will be among the leaders soon.