Sunday’s stiff southwest wind more than made up for Saturday’s light air to make the 14th annual Edgartown Yacht Club 12-metre regatta a weekend success. Ten of the fastest sailboats in the region, contenders in past America’s Cup racing, came together on Nantucket Sound to share a moment at the start and race to the finish. Saturday had time for just one race; Sunday had three.
Jeff Randall, a 12-metre enthusiast and event chairman, said the weekend sailing will go down in the yacht club books as one of the best sailing weekends they’ve had.
“Sunday was one of the most competitive racing days I’ve seen in every class of boat,” Mr. Randall said. There were 10 boats in four divisions, each respecting their age and speed: vintage, classic, modern and grand prix. The 60 to 70-foot sailboats drew close together when they rounded the mark.
“We had three famous races yesterday,” Mr. Randall said on Monday.
The 12-metre regatta is dramatic and spirited, especially at the mark when the spinnakers are flying.
There are 16 sailors on a boat; teamwork is key. “We had four boats in my class and we got close,” said Mr. Randall, who chartered the red-hulled American Eagle, built in 1964. She competed in the traditional division with Columbia, Nefertiti and Weatherly. By the end of the day on Sunday, after four races, American Eagle came in third.
Columbia, captained by Alain Hanover, beat Nefertiti, captained by Sears Wullschleger of Nantucket Yacht Club and Mr. Randall’s American Eagle.
Mr. Wullschleger reclaimed the Kay Hubner trophy, taking not only the trophy but the bragging rights for a year from the Vineyard.
The Hubner trophy goes to either one of the two clubs that wins. “They were determined to take the trophy back to Nantucket. They sailed better than we did this year,” Mr. Randall said.
Courageous, captained by Stephen Glascock, beat Intrepid captained by John Curtin in three out of four races to take the top prize in the modern division.
Two boats from the New York Yacht Club raced in the Grand Prix division; Hissar, captained by Edgar Cato beat USA, captained by Ralph H. Isham. Hissar won three out of the four races.
Northern Light, captained by Ernest Jacquet of the Edgartown Yacht Club beat Onaway, captained by Chuck Parrish of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
Mr. Randall said captains and sailors alike spoke well of the Edgartown venue.
The awards ceremony on Sunday was held at 4 p.m. and the clubhouse was filled with happy, tired sailors.
“The weekend went really well,” said Bill Roman, manager of the club. “For the photographers on Sunday it couldn’t have been better. There was a big line of puffy clouds on the horizon, right behind the boats.”
Even before the sailing had finished on Sunday, organizers and sailors were talking about next year’s 15th annual regatta.
Mr. Randall said Newport will host the races next summer. “A lot of European boats will be coming over to the United States in June. They plan to be in our waters all summer,” he said.