Thursday, March 16, 2017

Edgartown Race Week Announcement

J/111 sailing Edgartown(Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA)- Race around Martha’s Vineyard once and you’ll likely be back again!  Edgartown Race Weekend starts Thursday, July 20th with two days of ‘Round-the-Buoys races in Edgartown’s Outer Harbor.  The signature 56 nautical mile ‘Round-the-Island Race starts Saturday, July 22nd.  Both events are included in the single entry fee together with the Mount Gay sponsored “Jump-Up Party” on Friday night.

Sailing to (and racing around) the Vineyard is a unique experience with enthusiastic reviews by participating yachtsmen.  The ‘Round-the-Island course passes five lighthouses, many beaches and the rolling pastures on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

J/120 sailing EdgartownMany crews enjoy the combination of buoy and ocean racing in one event.  As one J-Boat sailor said, “We really liked the event, we got a little bit of everything … every wind angle and some areas with a lot of current and some areas with no current, so we always had a different strategy depending on where we were. We were able to do many sail changes that was great practice, along with sets and douses which is exactly what we need to work on. The wind shifts made us work quickly and we had to be spot on.  Since this was a long race for us, I really believe it was a great team bonding experience, which was awesome.  Edgartown Yacht Club welcomed us in with open arms, and we can't wait to do it next year!”

There was a robust J/Boat participation in the Edgartown 'Round-the-Island Race for 2016.  The event organizers expanded the awards for the ‘Round-the-Island Race to recognize the first through third-place finishers, on corrected time, amongst all J/Boats in all classes. Again, this year’s event will have special awards for participating J-Boats!

With a strong turnout of sixteen boats in the 2016 event, Doug Curtiss’ J/111 WICKED 2.0, placed first among all J/Boats, followed by Eliot Shanabrook of Watertown, MA on the J/109 HAFA ADAI and Stephen McManus of Annapolis, MD on the J/120 ‎SAYKADOO took third.

For more Edgartown Race Weekend sailing information, please contact Margaret Passafiume at email- or register at the website- Add to Flipboard Magazine.