Tuesday, October 10, 2006

108 Race Boston Harbor Islands Regatta

This low key 12 mile benefit pursuit race for the Island Alliance is sailed on a figure of eight course amongst the Boston Harbor Islands National Park and drew 108 boats this year (an increase of 27% over the 2005 inaugural)! With a pre-race dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel and post-race Redbones cookout at the fort, the program has attracted many local boats which don't normally race. A J/109 won the overall spinnaker fleet for the second consecutive year. Top non-spinnaker boat was Bill Beckett's Tartan 33. Hingham YC won the EOEA Secretary's Bowl as the top Yacht Club Team and the Courageous Sailing Center took home the SetSail Yachts trophy as the top City Sailing Club. Diane Kane and Sara Das won the top Female awards while Don Kavanagh and Larry Cannon took the Windward Investment and Clarkeson Trophies for Masters (65+) in their respective fleets. The O'Loughlins and Daz/Kurz boats won Gross and Burns Bowls for all-family crews. Among the 3 skippers sailing their first race, Craig Rolfe on the Cal 33 FRENCH WHINE won the Harbor Visions Bowl, placing 18 of 55 in Fleet 2. The varnished yawl BAREFOOT, an International 600 built in 1952, won the Sharma Trophy as the top Classic Yacht. Complete details here.