Masquerade (Division A) and Avanti (Division B) took advantage of a shortened Sunday schedule to win their respective divisions on a foggy, humid day. Commodore Dan Culkin made the early morning call to cancel Sunday’s annual Tarpaulin Cove race and keep the fleet closer to home on Course 1, which was run in reverse — East Chop to West Chop, twice around.
By start time at 10 a.m., the fog, which had kept East Chop hidden from view, began to lift and 10 boats hit the line. Winds were out of the southeast which made for a downwind start. The wind, which earlier in the week had threatened to be an unsettling factor, came in around 10 to 15 knots.
Apres, skippered by Steve Besse, made short work of the course, finishing in an hour and seven minutes, nearly eight minutes faster than the next boat in elapsed time. However, corrected time is what determines a finish and skipper Michael Loberg brought Masquerade into the winner’s circle with a corrected time of 1:12:51, giving the Morris 36 two winning Sundays in a row.
Avanti, skippered by David Lott, captured the win in the B Division on a corrected time of 1:09:36 which was the overall best corrected time of the day.
A windless Thursday night did little to dampen enthusiasm for the Holmes Hole fleet which showed up in force with 13 boats. Alex Pardo in Go Time took first place in a shortened race in which the boats were directed to West Chop and back by the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club’s Charlie Felder.