Cliff Mitchell Family Trophy: Alchemist – Ken and Brad Read
New England ShortHanded Ocean Racing Trophy: Jonathan Bixby on Highlander
Summary – 50 boats started, 24 boats finished. Lots of boats retired due to extremely light winds. The first boat to finish was Alchemist sailed by Ken and Brad Read on Saturday 1211 (just over 24 hours) and the last boat to finish was Momentum sailed by Paul Kanev and Dave Faulders on Saturday at 2006 (almost 32 hours).
7/25 2006 – Momentum, last boat to finish.
7/25 1702 – Zibure is the first and last Multihull to finish. He made it more interesting by doing the 93 nm course vs the 77 nm course he was given on the lightest wind Solo/Twin Race in memory!
7/25 1632 – Alchemist 1st boat to finish
7/25 1211 – Alchemist rounded NB buoy on the leg to the finish and Young American rounded Buzzards Tower and Aggressive rounded Gay Head buoy.
7/25 1038 Kitty Haw, Drift Away and Pau Hana have rounded the mark at Gay Head in that order.
7/25 0955 – Vamoose rounded Buzzards Tower.
7/25 0902 Group 5 rounded Buzzards Tower.
7/25 0848 – Byte rounded Buzzards Tower.
7/25 0830 – Seriana called in that they finally rounded the 1st mark SW of Block Island.
7/25 0800 – 24 boats have retired. This is all the boats that retired: Cepheus, First Light, La Defonce, Low Profile, Samba, Williwaw, Bellatrix, Grimace, Lola, Memory, Vento Solare, Bella, Dune Buggy, Gallop, Sea Gate, Yaquina, Cetacean, WISP, Corsair, Melantho, Blackbird, Flying Fish (again!), Milagro, Skedaddle, Scappare, Warrior 21.
7/25 0730 – Alchemist rounded Buzzards Tower, 2nd mark.
7/24 2117 – SeaJai rounded the first mark.
7/24 1943 – Byte rounded SW Block Island. Grimace retired. Looks like Cepheus retired.
7/24 1933 – Samba rounded SW Block Island with Vicitan behind him.
7/24 1922 – Sea Gate retired.
7/24 1856 – Pau Hana rounded 1st mark. Sent me a video of his anemometer spinning around. I think he is trying to tell me something!
7/24 1800 – La Defonce retired. Got caught in the wrong place with respect to current.
7/24 1800 – Class 5 is rounding the first mark; Drift Away, Larvik and Whalayed.
7/24 1530 – Samba halfway between Pt Judith and 1BI. About 5 knots of breeze.
7/24 1300 –And they are off. All 50 started which is pretty amazing. Extremely light air but they all got off. A few boats were over early and had to come back which was torture to see; light winds and fighting the current to come back to the line.