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  •  2022 H Class Championship Regatta:

Photo Credit: Greg Phillips

Quissett Hosts H Class National Regatta

Anyone sailing the waters of Buzzards Bay last week was treated with an old fashioned sight of a large fleet of classic H12's competing for the National Championship. The event began on Friday with 7 juniors vying for bragging rights in the junior championship. After four exciting and challenging races in conditions ranging from fluky NW 8-10 knots to a steady, traditional 18-20 knots from the WSW, there was extremely tight competition among the top three competitors. Jancy Grayson and Avery King in Swizzle finished with 8 points with finishes of 1, 1, 3, and 3 and tied Max Murray in Escape also with 8 points coming in 2nd in all four races while Conrad Schofield compiled 9 points by placing 3, 4, 1, and 1. Jancy won the tiebraker because of her two first place finishes. All seven skippers demonstrated excellent skill and seamanship throughout the regatta.

1. H888, Swizzle, Jancy Grayson, Quissett Yacht Club
2. 106, Escape, Max Murray, Buzzards Yacht Club
3. 566, Grayling, Conrad Schofield, Wianno Yacht Club
4. 128, Tag Along, Gus McGuire, QYC
5. 333, Windhandel, Soren Peterson, Quissett Yacht Club
6. H500, Sea Glass, Clark Olsen, Quissett Yacht Club
7. 467, Popover, Avery King, Quissett Yacht Club 

 

What a sight to behold of 32 classic Herreshoff 12 1/2s sailing the waters of Buzzards Bay! On Saturday, the fleet was surprised to find a relatively reliable breeze out of the NW in the morning and held two races before the wind shifted to a more traditional southwesterly direction. Fearing the light breezes forecast for Sunday morning, the Race committee pushed hard to complete four races on Saturday confident that they could hold a fifth race on Sunday which would allow each skipper to throwout their worst race. However, after the spray settled down on Saturday, there was little doubt as to who would win the coveted championship as Bill Berry from Beverly Yacht Club in Nefertiti won all four races and knew that he could throwout his fifth race if it was held on Sunday. Bill's seemingly effortless sailing impressed the competitors and spectators alike as he calmly managed a perfect balance between boat speed and pointing to work his way to the top of each race. Sunday morning's weather was as advertised and after an onshore postponement, and two subsequent on the water postponements and a general recall, the last race of the regatta was started in a the best conditions of the weekend – a steady 1-15 knots from the SW. As the racers sailed between Quissettt and Penzance Point, William Saltonstall and son Bill took an early lead and pulled away from the fleet for the entire race. While Charlotte Dorris Wells in the wooden Cormorant placed third in the final race, Terry Cronburg in the wooden Lorelei placed fourth overall in the regatta just to prove that the sailors of the wooden boats can hold their own with their fiberglass compatriots. Bill Berry was not the only Beverly Yacht Club boat to perform well in this regatta as the top three places in the regatta were all taken by Beverly, with Rich McNeil in Clementine and William Saltonstall in Vireo taking second and third place.

1. H104, Nefertiti, Bill Berry, Beverly Yacht Club
2. 178, Clementine, Rich McNeil, Beverly Yacht Club
3. H175, Vireo, William Saltonstall, Beverly yacht club
4. 41, Lorelei, Terry Cronburg, Buzzards Y.C.
5. 226, Deja Vu, Dede Plessner, Buzzards YC
6. 106, Escape, Jay Fisher, Buzzards YC
7. 520, Olivia, Tom First, QYC
8. 183, Phoenix, Mike Garfield, Quissett
9. 352, Aloha, David Korb, Buzzards
10. 245, Bumble, Josh Legg, Buzzards Yacht Club
11. BB 55, Cormorant, Charlotte Dorris Wells, Quissett Yacht Club
12. 566, Grayling, christine schofield, Wianno Yacht Club
13. H128, Tag Along, Chris McGuire, QYC
14. 599, Back Porch, Larry Band, Edgartown Yacht Club
15. 366, Due Dilligence, Alec Clowes, QYC
16. H137, Squannit, William Tifft, Beverly Yacht Club
17. 586, Allie Rose, Charles First, Quissett
18. H38, Moxie, Tommy Tullius, Quissett Yacht Club
19. H888, SWIZZLE, Ted Grayson, Quissett
20. H313, Glorious, Teresa Durocher, Quissett Yacht Club
21. 594, Evelyn Faye, Ellen Bowler, Beverly Yacht Club
22. 123, Licorice, Stephen Braese, Buzzards YC
23. H 362, Piper, Jean-Pierre Riu, Quissett Yacht Club
24. 369, Chez Nous, Bernadette Levesque, Quissett Yacht Club
25. 292, Shepard's Pie, Paul Bolick, Beverly Yacht Club
26. 653, Waretoo, Liam McLin, Buzzards YC
27. H 291, Sea Breeze, Alison Rodin, Quissett
28. 622, Silver Cloud, Robert Mason, EYC
29. 500, Sea Glass, Anna Olsen, QYC
30. H288, Orion, Elizabeth Norton, Quissett Yacht Club
31. 470, Dodici, Anne T. Converse, Beverly Yacht Club
32. H5, Tumbleweed, Rebecca Hunnewell, Quissett Yacht Club

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Race Results

EARLY BIRD RACE

Gorgeous start to the season

As the Quissett Race Committee of Doug Jones and Ed Jackson steamed out of the harbor to set the racing marks for the season, they promised a standard, steady southwest to a few wary racers who had been watching glassy water all morning. After dropping the first two marks, a slight breeze developed out of the SW and the RC were feeling quite cocky about their earlier wind prediction. At the preparatory time of 2:30, two boats, Penguin and Due Diligence, were at the starting line and were prepared to sail the posted triangle, windward, leeward course. Two more boats, Glorious and Phoenix, ghosted by the committee boat as the warning signal was sounded. With two minutes to go until the starting gun, the Race Committee was forced to admit that the wind had died completely and was compelled to postpone the race until the patience expired or the wind arose from some new direction. Fortunately, ten minutes later Found It and Tagalong arrived at the starting line and brought a fresh southeasterly with them. The RC quickly set a new starting line (a tad longer than usual) and posted a windward, leeward, windward, leeward course and fired off the signals for a new start. The fleet obediently spread out along the rather spacious starting line with each boat having their own preferred starting positions: Found It with Kirsten Karplus and Mort Saunders started at the leeward, boat end, with Randy and Lynn Evans in Penguin slightly to windward. Guarding the middle of the line were Alec Clowes and Jolynn Khomky in Due Diligence and Teresa Durocher and Andy McKenzie in Glorious. Meanwhile, Emma and Mike Garfield in Phoenix chose the starboard pin end with Chris and Faye McGuire in Tagalong close behind. Found It tacked over to port early and had to duck most of the fleet but seemed to find a promising lifting breeze near the mouth of the harbor. Glorious and Phoenix went to the left hand corner and tacked on the lay line for the windward mark; however, Due Diligence carefully worked each header and lift and established a respectable lead by the end of the first upwind leg. On the subsequent run, strong spinnaker work aboard Due Diligence and Phoenix allowed these two to pull away from the rest of the fleet with Glorious, Found It, Penguin, and Tagalong. Superior downwind sailing and fine spinnaker flying allowed Tagalong to move up into fourth position and set up three different duels on the last upwind leg with Due Diligence and Phoenix sparring for top position, Tagalong and Glorious duking it out for third, and Penguin and Found It trading blows for fifth. As the fleet rounded the last windward mark and headed downwind to the finish, Due Diligence had a slight but tenuous lead over Phoenix. On a dead run to the finish, Emma and Mike Garfield in Phoenix are tough to match and this day once again they proved victorious. Meanwhile, “old salt” Andy McKenzie in Glorious had his hands full holding off young star Faye McGuire in Tagalong. While the “old man of the sea” took third place honors this time, the challenge has clearly been thrown.

1.Phoenix Mike and Emma Garfield 33:40

2.Due Diligence Jolynn Khomky and Alec Clowes 33:50

3.Glorious Teresa Durocher and Andy McKenzie 35:18

4.Tagalong Faye and Chris McGuire 35:24

5.Found It Kirsten Karplus and Mort Saunders  37:10

6.Penguin Lynn and Randy Evans 37:52

FOURTH OF JULY TROPHY

Phoenix proves just too fast once again

The competitors for the Quissett Yacht Club Fourth of July trophy experienced near perfect weather conditions with a steady breeze blowing from the west at 12-15 knots and seven boats enjoyed a delightful afternoon on the water. The rather unique wind direction inspired and challenged the Race Committee of Sarah Meigs, Ed Jackson, Annie Dean, Henry Jones and Doug Jones to choose a course that would provide adequate upwind sailing, long enough to be competitive, and brief enough to allow the participants to make it to other scheduled events (Chuck First reported that he had a 3:30 pedicure!)

The RC chose to drop an “X” mark ½ west of the starting pin and posted a course of XEV consisting of a beat to windward, a reach to Knob Cove Beach, another beat towards Penzance and a final fast run to the finish.

Alec Clowes and Jolynn Khomky in Due Diligence had a brilliant start with clear air and full boat speed with Ali and Diana Rodin in Sea Breeze and Chuck First in Allie Rose close behind. Meanwhile, Mike and Emma Garfield in Phoenix found themselves trapped behind the fleet with no room to maneuver (clearly all a part of Mike's nefarious plan). While Tommy and Tom Tullius in Moxie opted to test the wind and waves far off shore, Mort Saunders and Carly Borken in Found It focused on good boat speed and clear air and moved their way up the fleet. Not to be outdone (nor to anyone's surprise) Phoenix was also slowly moving to the front. At the windward mark, Due Diligence rounded first with Found It, Phoenix, and Allie Rose following in quick succession. Brilliant spinnaker work aboard Due Diligence allowed her to increase her lead while Allie Rose held her own despite not flying a spinnaker. On the final upwind leg, Phoenix continued her march through the fleet, rounded the windward mark in first, and through some excellent spinnaker work and downwind sailing held on for the victory. However, the most exciting finish was the battle for sixth place as three boats approached the line each with a chance to claim relative victory, but Mayor Evans in Penguin was able to ride the final wave and slide in first of the three.

      1. Phoenix Mike and Emma Garfield 42:46
      2. Due Diligence Alec Clowes and Jolynn Khomky 42:59
      3. Found It Mort Saunders and Carly Borken 43:17
      4. Allie Rose Chuck First 44:43
      5. Sea Breeze Ali and Diana Rodin 45:43
      6. Penguin Randy Evans 47:38
      7. Bubbles Sheila Gordon and Rick Dorris 47:39
      8. Wind Handel Soren, Ginny, and Gunnar Peterson 47:40
Junior Series Race #1
The setting was the Buzzards Bay waters off of Quissett Harbor. The conditions were perfect for racing with 15-18 knots blowing from the southwest and the timing was a mid-July Sunday afternoon. The Race Committee of Tufts sailing stalwart Chloe Starr and Doug Jones posted a course of VQSV (a standard triangle, windward, leeward course). Three boats vied for top honors in the QYC junior series and three ladies over 35 battled for the Mary Chute McMurtrie trophy. In the junior race, Soren Peterson in Wind Handel, Wills Erda and Luke Phillips in Sea Glass, and Gus McGuire and Will Bourell in Tagalong set the pattern before the starting gun with all three boats approaching the line quite a bit early, not quite sure how quickly these boats would slow down or accelerate. Even after completing full turns, the racers still found themselves approaching the line too early and had to luff to avoid being OCS. Wind Handel grabbed the pin end, with Sea Glass in the middle, and Tagalong at the boat end. Sea Glass quickly tacked over to port to avoid the bad air from Wind Handel and headed off shore. After rounding the windward mark with Tagalong in first, closely followed by Wind Handel, and Sea Glass a few minutes behind, the three boats spent most of the afternoon following each other around the course (typically not a wise plan if you want to change your position in a race (see below)). After rounding the leeward mark, Wind Handel worked up to windward of Tagalong and took over first place, while Sea Glass followed behind but caught up significantly. As they rounded the windward mark, Wind Handel was in first with Tagalong a few seconds behind, and now Sea Glass had narrowed the gap to under a minute. During the run to the finish, Tagalong and Wind Handel traded back and forth for the lead and through the graces of a fortuitous wave, Tagalong won a well earned one second victory.

  1. Tagalong Gus McGuire and Will Bourell
  2. Wind Handel Soren Peterson
  3. Sea Glass Wills Erda and Luke Phillips

 

McMurtrie Trophy

Five minutes after the junior race, Kate Neubauer in Windigo, Dani Kinkade in Cormorant, and Bernie Levesque in Chez Nous lined up for the McMurtrie Trophy for ladies over 35, one of the most coveted trophies in the Quissett case. After a rather conservative start, Cormorant took an early lead over Windigo and Chez Nous and early on it seemed that the ladies were going to follow the example of the juniors of following each other around the fleet; however, on the second upwind leg after rounding the leeward mark, Cormorant found herself in first heading out on the port tack with Chez Nous gaining steadily both in boat speed and in heading. Ah but, Chez Nous must have known that you can't pass a boat by following in its wake (see above) and tacked away (unfortunately into lighter air and heavier seas). From the all knowing perspective of the Race Committee, she would have been well served by maintaining her course and putting the pressure on Cormorant to avoid being passed. Cormorant took full advantage of the better conditions and pulled away for a comfortable win.

  1. Cormorant Dani Kinkade and Weatherly Dorris 41:55
  2. Chez Nous Bernie Levesque 43:15
  3. Windigo Kate Neubauer, Jeannine and Anne Jeffrey 45:45
WEDNESDAY JULY SERIES (APOLOGIES FOR THE ALL CAPS!!)

Race #1

THE FIRST WEDNESDAY RACE OF THE QUISSETT YACHT CLUB SEASON FEATURED TEN BOATS WITH THE TOP THREE PLACES TAKEN BY SINGLEHANDED SAILORS, FANTASTIC SAILING CONDITIONS, TIGHT RACING SITUATIONS, AND SOME NEW RACERS AND SOME RETURNING FROM EXTENDED HIATUSES.   THE WEDNESDAY RACE COMMITTEE OF ED JACKSON AND DOUG JONES (NEXT WEEK THEY HOPE TO HAVE SARAH MEIGS BACK AMONG THEIR NUMBERS) SET A STARTING LINE AT MARK V AND POSTED A WINDWARD-LEEWARD COURSE TWICE AROUND AND WONDERED WHETHER THE RUNS WOULD HANDICAP THE SINGLEHANDED SAILORS SINCE THEY WOULD BE UNABLE TO FLY THEIR SPINNAKERS.  AT THE START THE FLEET WAS WELL SPREAD OUT ALONG THE LINE SINCE THERE SEEMED TO BE NO OBVIOUS FAVORED END.  ALL TEN BOATS WERE WITHIN FIVE SECONDS AT THE STARTING LINE AND NO ONE BOAT HAD A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE.  WHILE NOAH GARFIELD IN HANDOAH WAS CLOSEST TO THE LINE AT THE START, THEY WERE AT THE PIN END WITH CLEAR AIR BUT HAD NO OPPORTUNITY TO TACK.  MEANWHILE NEAR THE WINDWARD END OF THE LINE, TOM FIRST IN OLIVIA FOUND SOME SPACE AND WAS ABLE TO FORCE CHRIS AND FAYE MCGUIRE IN TAGALONG AND BERNIE LEVESQUE AND REPUTED CHICAGO NATIVE JOHN PALMER IN CHEZ NOUS TO TACK AWAY TO ESCAPE OLIVIA'S WIND SHADOW.

THE FIRST LEG WAS A BEAT UP TO THE QUISSETT MARK OFF STONEY BEACH, AND THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IS TO HEAD CLOSE TO THE SHORE ON STARBOARD TACK AND RELY ON THE PREVAILING LIFT ON PORT AS YOU APPROACH THE MARK.  EARLY ON CARLY, SADIE, AND NAOMI BORKEN IN FOUND IT HAD PULLED AWAY FROM THE FLEET AND HAD A COMFORTABLE LEAD HEADING TOWARDS MARK A ONLY TO BE BETRAYED BY THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM AS TOM FIRST IN OLIVIA AND MIKE GARFIELD IN PHOENIX (NATURALLY) RODE THE TRUSTY LIFT UP TO THE MARK WITH OLIVIA JUST ROUNDING THE MARK A FEW SECONDS AHEAD OF PHOENIX AND CHUCK FIRST IN ALLIE ROSE. 

QUICK SPINNAKER WORK ABOARD TAGALONG SUGGESTED THAT THE SINGLEHANDED BOATS WOULD SOON SUFFER FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO FLY THEIR SPINNAKERS; HOWEVER, THE BREVITY OF THE DOWNWIND LEG AND THE EXPERT SAILING OF THE LEADING BOATS ALLOWED THEM TO HOLD THEIR POSITIONS AS THE TOP FOUR BOATS REMAINED IN THE SAME ORDER:  OLIVIA, PHOENIX, ALLIE ROSE AND TAGALONG.

THE SECOND TIME TO THE WINDWARD MARK PROVED THAT MUCH HAD BEEN LEARNED THE FIRST TIME AND MOST OF THE SAILORS FOLLOWED THE LEAD PAIR OF OLIVIA AND PHOENIX AS THEY HUGGED THE SHORE AND RODE THE FAMILIAR LIFT TO MARK “A.”  WITH PHOENIX ONLY A FEW SECONDS BEHIND OLIVIA AS THEY HEADED DOWNWIND, IT LOOKED LIKE PHOENIX MIGHT BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FAVORABLE POSITION TO BLANKET OLIVIA'S WIND AND SNEAK PAST FOR THE WIN; HOWEVER, OLIVIA WAS NOT TO BE DENIED AND HOLD ON FOR A SECURE TWO SECOND VICTORY.  SOME TIGHT FINISHES IN THE PACK OF THE BACK MADE FOR SOME EXCITING SAILING TO WRAP UP THE EVENING.

OLIVIA TOM FIRST 38:23

PHOENIX MIKE GARFIELD 38:25

ALLIE ROSE CHUCK FIRST 39:12

TAGALONG FAYE AND CHRIS MCGUIRE 39:58

SEA BREEZE ALI RODIN AND DANNY KINKAID 41:00

FOUND IT CARLY, SADIE, AND NAOMI BORKEN 41:13

HANDOAH NOAH GARFIELD AND CHUCK BOATBUILDER EXTRAORDINAIRE 41:27

PIPER KIRSTEN KARPLUS AND JP RIU 41:39

CHEZ NOUS BERNIE LEVESQUE AND JOHN PALMER 42:16

GLORIOUS ANDY MCKENZIE AND TERESA DUROCHER 43:41

July Wednesday Series. #2

July 6, 2022

A Fresh new Series

The second race of the Quissett H12 July Wednesday series was in many way a fresh new start to they season. The Race Committee was full of a record high helpers with Thor Morgan, Sadie and Naomi Borken, Ed Jackson, Sarah Meigs and Doug Jones. The wind was out of the NNE at 10-12 knots threatening to shift further to the east. And most significantly, 15 boats competed in the race. If all 15 had come to the starting line on time, the line would have been quite crowded but three boats arrived up to five minutes late to the start and did their past to catch up with the fleet. The Race Committee dropped a windward mark (X) a measly ¼ mile to the NNE not trusting that the wind speed or direction would hold and then posted a course of XVX (a windward-leeward-windward-leeward course). Expecting a typical size fleet of 9-10 boats, an appropriate length line was set and the starting sequence was initiated. As the time to the starting gun counted down, twelve boats were in the starting area and despite the starboard favor of the line everyone was approaching the line too early. Charlotte Dorris Wells in Muffin found herself trapped near the middle of the line while Mike Garfield in Phoenix had clear air at the pin and Mort Saunders and Carly Borken were at the boat end with room to tack. All three boats were in seconds of the line and just escaped being OCS (on the course side at the start). Shortly after the start the steady 12-15 knot wind died down to a fluky 8- 10 knots and varied greatly in its direction. Patient and focused sailing proved to be the mantra of the evening as Muffin, Phoenix, and Found It discovered that they had solid leads at the windward mark. Found It soon took advantage of some excellent spinnaker work and soon passed the two singlehanded boats. After rounding the leeward mark, Muffin tried the left hand side of the course with Phoenix in the middle and Found It on the right hand side just a bit to windward of Phoenix. Soon Found It decided that Phoenix just had too much boat speed and was forced to tack inshore looking for a favorable puff or wind sheet; however, as it is all too often, tonight would be Phoenix's night as she pulled away for a comfortable leading heading to a relaxed run to the finish. Interesting finishes to note further back in the fleet was a tight battle between Chuck First in Allie Rose and Tom First in Olivia with bragging rights tonight going to Father First. Also of note was Soren and Ginny Peterson in Wind Handel who finished in 10th place despite being one of the three boats over 5 minutes late to the start (less than six minutes behind Phoenix in actual time and only four seconds behind Found It in elapsed time – well done, Soren, but next time we hope to see you at the starting line on time.

  1. Phoenix Mike Garfield 38:07
  2. Found It Mort Saunders and Carly Borken 38:46
  3. Tagalong Faye and Chris McGuire 40:54
  4. Muffin Charlotte Dorris Wells 41:00
  5. Bubbles Andy McKenzie 41:34
  6. Allie Rose Chuck First 41:39
  7. Olivia Tom First 41:46
  8. Due Diligence Alec Clowes and Jolynn Khomky 42:36
  9. Chez Nous Bernie Levesque 43:24
  10. Wind Handel Soren and Ginny Peterson 43:50
  11. Sea Breeze Ali Rodin 44:03
  12. Piper JP Riu and Kirsten Karplus 44:48
  13. Penguin Randy Evans 45:39
  14. Windigo Jeannine Jeffrey 48:09
  15. Endeavor Downing Liu, Pax, Kai, Peter Huybers 58:37
    1. Photo Credit:  Sarah Meigs

 

July Wednesday Series #3

Swizzle Sizzles!

Apologies for the alliterative and possibly repetitive heading to this article but sometimes when something works you stick with it. And this is how the Race Committee of Hawaii visitor Jay Dean, Sarah Meigs, Annie Dean, Ed Jackson, and Doug Jones felt as the Race Committee for the Quissett Wednesday H12 Series race. With the wind blowing a steady 12-154 knots from the WSW, the RC dropped a temporary mark X ½ mile to windward and set the course of XVSX consisting of a beat, tight reach, broad reach to the start, and then a beat and run to the finish. With thirteen boats on the starting line, the Race Committee set a generous line with a slight port favor. Jancy and Ted Grayson in Swizzle jumped to an early lead with a near perfect sailing start, flying fast with clear air and plenty of boat speed. By the windward mark, Swizzle had a narrow advantage over Dani Kinkade and Ali Rodin in Sea Breeze and Jolynn Khamky and Alec Clowes in Due Diligence, very closely followed by Tom and Tim First in Olivia and Chuck First in Allie Rose. On the tight reach to V, Swizzle flew spinnaker but seemed to gain little advantage and the fleet generally held their positions for the next two legs with Due Diligence and Olivia just seconds behind Swizzle. However, on the final upwind leg the Graysons found their groove and Swizzle stretched her lead from a few seconds to almost two minutes, with Due Diligence and Olivia forced to watch in amazement. The most exciting finish of the season was developing in the battle for fourth place with Sea Breeze having to hold off Allie Rose and Hunter Grayson and Mike Garfield in Phoenix. Sea Breeze had the inside track while Phoenix was able to ride a final wave leaving Allie Rose to accept sixth place. With three races completed and many boats still in the running, all eyes will turn to next week's final race.

  1. Swizzle Jancy and Ted Grayson 41:49
  2. Due Diligence Jolynn Khamky and Alec Clowes 43:56
  3. Olivia Tom and Tim First 44:36
  4. Sea Breeze Dani Kinkade and Ali Rodin 45:15
  5. Phoenix Hunter Grayson and Mike Garfield 45:16
  6. Allie Rose Chuck First 45:17
  7. Tagalong Virginia Land and Chris McGuire 45:48
  8. Bubbles Sheila and Scottie Gordon 47:05
  9. Chez Nous Bernie Levesque 47:14
  10. Wind Handel Soren and Ginny Peterson 47:44
  11. Penguin Randy Evans 47:55
  12. Piper JP Riu and Kirsten Karplus 48:18
  13. Endeavor Niki Zapol and Peter Huybers 52:16

 

Photo Credit:  Sarah Meigs

Wednesday July series #4

July 20, 2022

Photo Credit:  Sarah Meigs

Swizzle approaches leeward mark (already had dropped their spinnaker)

Ted and Tim's Excellent Adventure

We knew it was going to be a special night on the water, when Quissett harbor was blessed by the appearance of a Fallon beetle cat recognizable by its trademark red sail. The classic boat was being sailed by Tim Fallon who had sailed up from West Falmouth harbor to join Ted Grayson as his crew aboard Swizzle (not that Ted needed any help after his sizzling triumph of last week – oh if only Ted hadn't missed the first two races of the series, but Hunter's baseball playoff game took a higher priority). The fantastic weather for Wednesday evening sailing continued as the Quissett Race Committee of Ed Jackson, Sarah Meigs, Thor “Morgan” Lewis and Doug Jones found themselves blessed with a steady 12-15 knots out of the WSW. While there was a hint of the wind swinging the south, the RC felt confident enough in the conditions to start the race between Penzance Point and the traditional starting buoy and set a course of JS, consisting of a beat to windward, a long run straight down wind, and a final beat to the finish. There was great hope that this would be a day for family pride to rule the day as two father-daughter, two father-son, and one mother-daughter combinations made up part of the sizable fleet. This time almost all of the 15 boats were at the starting line in time; however, when the Race Committee set the starting line, only 9 boats were in sight, so ultimately the larger than expected fleet had to contend with a shorter than recommended starting line. One daughter-father combination of Charlotte Dorris Wells and Rick Dorris in Cormorant was not to be intimidated by the short line and large fleet as they found an open spot near the middle of the line with clear air and excellent boat speed. The father-son combination of Tom and Tim First in Olivia chose the pin end while Swizzle took the dominating, favored position at the committee boat end. The fleet quickly picked their way upwind with Mike Garfield in Phoenix arriving first with Chuck First in Allie Rose only seconds behind; however, their leads over spinnaker flying Swizzle and Cormorant were not large enough to avoid being passed with the order at the leeward mark being Swizzle, Phoenix, and Cormorant. On the final beat to the finish, Swizzle maintained her superior boat speed and expertly covered the fleet as they tried to attack from behind. Phoenix and Cormorant passed the lead back and forth all depending on who had the starboard tack advantage. As the three lead boats approached the finish line, the exact order seemed in doubt until Swizzle took advantage of the more favorable starboard tack which allowed her to avoid hitting the waves head on. A tight battle ensued between the other two boats with Cormorant sneaking past by the smallest of margins. While Phoenix had to settle for third, he knew he had won the series since both Cormorant and Swizzle had not sailed enough to qualify. Perhaps next month, this title won't come quite so easily.

  1. Swizzle Ted Grayson and Tim Fallon 37:56
  2. Cormorant Charlotte Wells and Rick Dorris 38:08
  3. Phoenix Mike Garfield 38:09
  4. Handoah Noah Garfield and Chuck Verbeck 38:48
  5. Olivia Tom and Tim First 39:10
  6. Allie Rose Chuck First 39:16
  7. Tagalong Faye and Chris McGuire 39:51
  8. Sea Breeze Ali Rodin and Dani Kinkade 39:55
  9. Found It Mort Saunders 39:59
  10. Wind Handel Soren Peterson 40:49
  11. Piper Kirsten Karplus and JP Riu 41:35
  12. Glorious Andy Buckingham 41:47
  13. Chez Nous Bernie Levesque 42:53
  14. Penguin Randy Evans 43:44
  15. Endeavor Kai and Peter Huybers 44:23

Photo Credit: Sarah Meigs

What it looks like after the race

 

 

July Saturday Series #1

Wind: SSW 10-15 kts

R/C Crew: Ted Burt, Timer; Mike Garfield, Sr, Signals; Geralyn Thompson Ward, Recorder

Jason Cullinane, Line Judge

H-Class:

  1. Phoenix Mike Garfield, Jr. 31:54
  2. Bubbles Doug Cooper 31:57
  3. Swizzle Ted & Hunter Grayson 32:26
  4. Due Dilligence Alec Clowes & Jolynn Kamky 32:57
  5. Olivia Tom First 33:03
  6. Allie Rose Chuck First 33:08
  7. Glorious Andy Buckingham 33:47
  8. Found It Mort Saunders & Kirsten Karplus 34:03
  9. Chez Nous Bernadette Levesque & Melanie Markowski 34 :12

Saturday Series begins on a Friday!

This, the first race of the July Saturday Series, was held on a Friday evening. The previous week’s scheduled race had been cancelled due to excess winds and high seas, but this week’s conditions were perfect. 10-15 knot southwest winds and moderate seas got everyone around the course and home in time for supper. The evening courses are of necessity shorter than the traditional Saturday afternoon races, so there is more incentive to get a good start and hold a lead. On this day the Race Committee set a two legged windward/leeward course which was lengthened by another windward leg to finish on appeal by Class Fleet Captain Mike Garfield. The result was a very close and exciting race with several heart-stopping finishes. Tom First edged out his Dad by a mere five seconds, and Mike Garfield in Phoenix pulled out a victory over Bubbles by only three seconds!

Thanks go to two newcomers on the Committee Boat, Geralyn Thompson Ward and Jason Cullinane, both cheerful and quick to learn their roles. We look forward more rookies who are interested in experiencing the joys of serving on the Race Committee and possibly stepping onto the exciting career path that has been held by so many old-timers.

 

July Saturday Series Day #2

Race Committee crew:

Ted Burt – Timer

Mike & Alex Garfield – Signals

Virginia Land McGuire – Recorder

Bob Strieter – Line Judge

Ed Jackson – Able Bodied Seaman

Race 1

  1. Allie Rose Chuck First 25:09
  2. Phoenix Mike & Emma Garfield 25:10
  3. Moxie Tom, Jr. & Tom, Sr. Tullius 24:49
  4. Tag Along Chris & Gus McGuire 25:50
  5. Due Dilligence Alec Clowes & Jolynn Khamky 26:24
  6. Wind Handel Soren & Gunnar Peterson 29:48
  7. Penguin Randy Evans & Betsy Hunt 30:44
  8. Chez Nous Bernadette Levesque & 31:03

Paula Shaeffer

Race 2:

  1. Phoenix Mike & Emma Garfield 29:27
  2. Due Dilligence Alec Clowes & Jolynn Khamky 30:48
  3. Tag Along Gus & Chris McGuire 30:49
  4. Moxie Tom Jr. & Tom Sr. Tullius 31:04
  5. Allie Rose Chuck First 31:51
  6. Chez Nous Bernadette Levesque & Paula 33 :16
  7. Penguin Randy Evans & Betsy Hunt 33:49
  8. Wind Handel Soren & Gunnar Peterson 34:38

DOUBLE HEADER, by Ted Burt

Two short races can be much more of a challenge than a single race of an hour or more. Starts become much more important, and a wrong tack decision can put you out of the running in short order. Take a look at the elapsed time margin between Allie Rose and Phoenix in the first race. Phoenix had the controlling position on the final approach to the finish line and tacked just a hair too soon to allow the ever-dangerous Chuck First to tack under the committee boat’s stern and luff across the line in first place.

Great sailing by the McGuires, father and son, for moving steadily into a more competitive position in the fleet. It’s exciting to see a member of the Falmouth High School Sailing Team become one of the top racers in his home club.

It was also great to see Bernadette Levesque move up in the fleet in the second race. She has been struggling with boat speed, but this time she picked the right side of the windward leg to edge out Penguin and Wing Handel.

Thanks to several committee boat crew members who joined the Saturday race. Bob Strieter served as a very competent line judge on his first race committee day, and Alex Garfield put in a noble effort as assistant signalman, tutored by his experienced grandfather, Mike Garfield Sr.

Race results – Saturday, July 23, 2022

Race Committee: Ted Burt, Timer; Mike Garfield, Sr, Signals;

Virginia Land McGuire, Recorder; Kirsten Karplus, Line Judge

S-Class

  1. Aeolus Eric Karplus, Hadley Robinson 1:20:44
  2. Coyote Jeff Whittle, Doug Cooper, Bruce McRae 1:21:28

H-Class – Race 1:

  1. Allie Rose Chuck First 45:49
  2. Moxie Tom Tullius, Jr. & Sr. 46:12
  3. Due Dilligence Alec Clowes & Jolynn Khamky 46:17
  4. Tag Along Chris & Gus McGuire 47:11
  5. Phoenix Mike Garfield, Jr. 47:27
  6. Glorious Theresa & Andy Durocher 48:51
  7. Chez Nous Bernie Levecque & Nicole Streeter 49 :52
  8. Orion Liz Bernstein 50 :21
  9. Olivia Tom First DNF

H-Class – Race 2 :

  1. Phoenix Mike Garfield, Jr. 43:52
  2. Glorious Theresa & Andy Durocher 44:35
  3. Due Dilligence Alec Clowes & Jolynn Khamky 44 :57
  4. Moxie Tom, Jr. & Tom, Sr. Tullius 45:18
  5. Allie Rose Chuck First 45:19
  6. Chez Nous Bernie Levesque & Nicole Streeter 45 :22
  7. Tag Along Chris & Gus McGuire 45:33
  8. Orion Liz Bernstein 45:46

LAST RACE DAY BEFORE THE ALL-STAR BREAK - By Ted Burt

Next weekend Quissett Yacht Club hosts the H-12 Class International Championship Regatta. Herreshoff owners and enthusiasts from near and far will gather for three days of revelry and competition right here in our corner of Buzzards Bay, an extravaganza not to be missed.

In preparation for the regatta, top sailors in the H-Class raced two hotly-contested races to wrap up the July Saturday Series. Watch for the final scoring and awards next week. In addition to the H-12s, there were two beautiful S-Class Herreshoffs that matched raced against one another, sailing out to Weepecket Rock lighted buoy and back. Aeolus nosed out the refurbished Coyote by a bit more than a minute despite having arrived at the rock in second place. August should see larger fleets of these beautiful antique wooden sloops racing every Saturday afternoon, again, a spectacle not to be missed.

But back to the H-Class and their final tune up before next weekend’s championship racing. The first course featured light and shifty winds, teasers from the west before the expected southwesterly come in. The course was a simple windward-leeward affair up to a mark off Penzance Point and back. This race, however, was anything but simple. Most of the fleet opted for the inshore route, tacking along the shoreline of Gansett and working their way toward the Woods Hole’ Stony Beach. Perennial speedster Tom First suspected a wind shift toward the northwest and headed out into the bay, only to be rewarded with light air and sloppy chop. He finally threw in the towel and headed back in to await the second race. Allie Rose led at the windward mark and crossed the finish line just ahead of Tom &Tom Tullius.

Those who follow Quissett H-Class racing are asking, “Where was Phoenix?” In fact, the front runner of most of the Saturday Series races was a victim to the unusual conditions in the first race. Revenge for Mike, Jr. came in the second race, an entirely different set of conditions as the wind shifted into the south southwest and built to a respectable Buzzards Bay breeze. Mike reveled in the stronger wind, leading at the windward mark and gliding to victory by 43 seconds. After Phoenix crossed the finish line a perfect crowd arrived one after another. In just over a minute the entire rest of the fleet arrived, surfing across, many with spinnakers billowing, a perfect tune-up for next weekend’s regatta