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All the guys who register for Edgartown Race Weekend

by Barby MacGowan May 27, 12:17 p.m. PDT
23-25 June 2022

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Clockwise from top left, Gamecock, Veladare, Byte, Hafa Adai, The Blue Peter, Irie 2 – Edgartown Race Weekend © Edgartown Yacht Club


The Edgartown Race Weekend, scheduled for June 23-25, has drawn 66 entrants so far and, as usual, promises tough but fun competition between teams of all sizes and calibers from the US and internationally.

Held each summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, the Thursday through Saturday event is the heart of the 55 nautical mile Round-the-Island (RTI) race – one of yacht racing’s oldest distance events – on Saturday mornings starting at 8:00 am On Thursday and Friday, two 15-nautical-mile offshore sprints circumnavigate various government buoys in Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds. The aim of this new “Round the Sound” (RTS) racing series is to offer participants more offshore and coastal racing throughout the regatta.

Among the veterans is Eliot Shanabrooks (Marblehead, Mass.) J/109 Hafa Adai in the RTI’s 49-boat PHRF division (split into spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes). It won the ‘RTI’s PHRF spinnaker class in 2020 and finished second in 2021. In contrast, Olwen Huxley (Falmouth, Mass.) and her crew, who are sailing the J/35 Resilience, will be making their debut for both the ‘RTS and ‘RTI PHRF spinnaker classes. “The team spans a range of sailing experiences from absolute beginners to dinghy and small boat racing to ocean racing and offshore sailing,” said Huxley. “We’re looking forward to summer competition and hope to do well in 2022 despite our relative inexperience.” (So far, 17 RTI entries are J/Boats, of which 15 have signed up for PHRF Spinnaker.)

Other recurring standouts in ‘RTI PHRF Spinnakers include Greg Morse’s (Scituate, Mass.) Beneteau 36.7 Big Fish; Michael D’Amelios (Boston, Mass.) Judel Vrolijk 66 Denali (the largest boat in the fleet); Peter McClennen’s (Newport, RI) IC37 Gamecock; Brian Cunhas (Newport, RI) Ker 55 Irie 2; and John Myles’s (New Castle, NH) C&C 42 Veladare. (Denali, Gamecock and Irie 2 will also sail in the ‘RTS Race Series.) The Massachusetts Maritime Academy has entered two boats, the Swan 56 Wind Fall and the Farr 395 Avalanche.

The best win is certainly The Blue Peter, an Alfred Mylne 65′. Built in Britain in 1930 as a gentleman cruiser, it will compete in both the ‘RTI and ‘RTS. “We’ll be racing with just a few invited friends and family,” said owner Mat Barker. “We’ve driven them all over the Mediterranean, New England and the Caribbean.”

PHRF Non-Spinnaker Class competitors include Scott Belliveau’s (Winthrop, Mass.) Frer’s 41 Kaos, who will compete against four different-sized Sabers, a 45-foot S&S sloop and a Hinckley SW51, among others. (Kaos will also sail ‘RTS.)

With a two-handed division of 10 boats (also split into spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes), the ‘RTI will see Robert and Libby Alexander (Rye, NY) sailing the spinnaker class together on their Sunfast 3300 Byte. Libby is the Rear Commodore and first female Commodore of the American Yacht Club. “This will be our first ever ‘RTI race and we’re looking forward to the challenging track,” said Alexander. “We’re looking for a good result in Edgartown.” Among her rivals will be another Sunfast 3300 sailor, Chris Benzak (Newport, RI) aboard Low Profile, who is also looking forward to his first “RTI”. “Buying time around the race to enjoy the vineyard could be our best tactical decision of the weekend,” laughed Benzak.

In the six-boat ORC class are three boats from the US Naval Academy (USNA), Defiance, Integrity and Tenacious – all Navy 44s – along with Henry Brauer/Steve Madeira’s (Northeast Harbor, Maine) Club Swan 42 Tio Loco and Pat Cerundolos (S. Dartmouth, Mass.) X35 Cattiva. (Tio Loco will also sail ‘RTS and a fourth Navy 44 Gallant will represent the USNA in the PHRF spinnaker.)

Sam Hallowell’s (Newport, RI) M32 Midtown Racing returns to the always exciting multihull class, while newcomer John Hele’s (also Newport) TF10 Thunder and Lightning is sure to give the team some competition.

Edgartown Race Weekend is sponsored by Mount Gay Rum, North Sails, J Boats, Regatta Craft Mixers, Hinckley Yachts and Storm Trysail Club.

For more information on Edgartown Race Weekend, including the NOR, visit www.rtirace.org or contact Margaret Passafiume, , (508) 627-4364 x18. Follow the regatta on Facebook and Instagram.

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