44th Fishers Island Yacht Club “Around Fishers Island Race”
September 5, 2000, Saturday, Course: CCW
Flood – 0830 Napatree Point, 0840 Race Point, Max flood 12 noon
Ebb –1420 Napatree Point, 1430 Race Point
Wind – SW 8 kts at the start.
We arrived at the island about 9am after an uneventful motor over in the fog. With the fog clearing a few minutes before, the first gun went off on schedule at 10am, and at 10:30, we were the third class to start. Less that five minutes before the start we were nearly rammed in our port quarter by Starchaser, a Hunter 34. Bob very aptly pushed, shoved off their bow pulpit at the last second.
We got a great start at the committee boat, to windward of the fleet of 22 boats and held our own out to North Hill. With many tacks down the west shore of Fishers Island near the shore to avoid the current, we were pleased with our position approaching Race Point about noon when the wind nearly died and the fleet caught us. The whole fleet struggled around Race Point with little to no wind against the nearly max flood.
Rounding Race Point around noon, it took us three and a half hours with little wind, sometimes wind & wing and some starboard broad reaching against the current to make Lord’s Passage at the east of the island. With George Carlson (Cygnus) rounding a bit in front of us; we watched him run up the passage and get swept down at the top when he took his whisker pole down and jibed the genoa. We likewise ran up the channel wing & wing to C”7” then hung there as if we had lasso around the can. Finally, after nearly a half-hour we put our outboard on as Cygnus dropped their genoa and started their motor also.
Along the north side of the island in the rain we were surprised to find numerous boats anchors and many others motoring as ourselves. As we came into West Harbor and rafted up alongside Cygnus & Blind Date we found that out of 97 boats in the fleet, only three finished. We went to the party just the same; most of the food was gone, though we were still able to find plenty of drink.
A day on the water is always better than a day at the office.
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