2023 New England Solo/Twin Race

7/29 – Saturday morning a squall hit the fleet with a peak in the 50s.  See the wind recording from Arkana above. Two boats withdrew due to wind damage to their sails.  Lily Pad had the clew pulled out of the mainsail but was able to continue by reefing the main. The first boat to finish was SeaJai sailed by the son & father team of James Jr. and James Hennigan, sailing the shortest course 77nm, at 3:33 am.  The first boat to finish of the boats sailing the 103nm course was Avalon sailed by Ken Read and Suzy Leech at 7:29 am. The first boat to finish the 93nm course was Sail For ALS sailed by Joe Lark & Alex Bowdler at 6:41 am. The last boat to finish, again, was Windswept sailed by Rick McCally in the Solo Class 5 at 11:25 am however Rick won his class on corrected time.  26 boats finished with 30 boats starting.
Looking at the wind recording from Arkana the fleet had decent wind during the whole race (excluding of course the squall).  The boats rounding the Narraganset Bay entrance buoy ran into very thick fog.
At 5pm we held the Awards with about 50 people participating.
Thanks to the following:
Race Committee Boat: Peter Jencks, Caryn Cummings, Jane & Roger Fontaine, Bill Shea (picture taking), Ted Singsen and Roy Guay.
Duty Desk: Alyce & Bill Croasdale, Rosa Tysor, Pat Clayton, Ted Singsen and Roy Guay.
Food for Breakfast and Awards: Caryn Cummings and Diane Guilllemett.
Staff of the Newport Yacht Club.