Successful 94th Labor Day Lap
Jamestown, RI - (September 6, 2021) The ideal conditions for any distance race are favorable winds, advantageous tide, and warm weather - which the 94th Conanicut Yacht Club delivered on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend for the 90 boats that lapped the 18 miles around Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Jim Madden with his new Carkeek 47, STARK RAVING MAD IX walks aways with both the Commodore John Quinn Trophy for the best corrected time and the Commodore Bruce R Brakenhoff Memorial Trophy for the fastest elapsed time.
The competition ranged from 40-60 foot racing machines down to the VXOne fleet and cruising boats split among nine PHRF-rated classes. "All the starts went off without a hitch," said Mark Grosby, the race's PRO. "We could have used some more sun but favorable wind and tide can't be beaten!"
"The great part about CYC's signature event is that serious sailors and family cruisers all take part," said Patrick Muldoon, a 20+ year veteran of the annual race and co-chair of the event. "Everyone got around safely so we can't ask for more than that."
Nearly 25% of all PHRF certificates in Narragansett Bay competed in the Annual Event. "90 boats is the perfect number for us," said returning co-chair Alan Baines. "It's manageable and coupled with great weather, we can't ask for more."
Individual class starts began at 1100 with the higher-rated non-spinnaker boats with faster boats starting later. The winds were southerly all day - making the course a true windward-leeward lap. Crews started upwind towards Beavertail rounding the southern end of the island and racing dead-downwind to the northern tip of Conanicut Island before heading back upwind again to finish off the yacht club.
After racing, sailors gathered for awards and a BBQ at Conanicut Yacht Club where Commodore Charles Beal commented, "It all came together with the volunteers, sailors, and weather. This is always the highlight of the summer for the club and a great way for sailors to celebrate another conclusion to a summer season. This year was no different and looking forward to our 95th next year."
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