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Smallest yacht in 90 boat fleet takes the win at the Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race 2021

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Story provided by Kate Wilson Somers

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. 

At the end of the day, it was the smallest boat among the fleet, the 18-foot VXOne who hoisted the Commodore John Quinn Trophy for the fastest corrected time of 2:47:27. Nick Woviotis of Newport and Mike Komar of Jamestown onboard SPACE CADET battled the wind and waves to claim the top honor handily – winning by nearly 10 minutes over 2nd place’s Jim Madden with his new Carkeek 47, STARK RAVING MAD IX, and 3rd place’s (and 2019 overall winner) Chris Cannon’s Alden 62, VERISSIMO. Madden was also the winner of the Commodore Bruce R. Brakenhoff Memorial Trophy for the fastest elapsed time.

“As the smallest boat in the fleet, it was foot on the throttle the whole time and wave management was the key to our success,” said Woviotis. “Mike [Komar] drove through them perfectly and we were both nearly hiking off the stern to get around those 3-5 footers around Beavertail then just trying to keep a clean lane as all the faster boats caught up to us.” SPACE CADET saw 15 knots as their top speed of the day in winds ranging from 10-18 knots. 

The competition ranged from 40-66 foot racing machines down to the VXOne fleet and 20-30 foot cruising boats split among nine PHRF-rated classes. “All the starts went off without a hitch,” said Mark Grosby, the race’s Principal Race Officier. “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 race a true windward-leeward course. Crews started upwind towards Beavertail with the tide with them rounding the southern end of the island just as the tide turned and raced 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.” 

Full Results:  https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=22824

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Published on September 3rd, 2023 | by Editor

CYC Around the Island Race 2023

Published on September 3rd, 2023 by Editor -->

“We dedicated this one to Jimmy Buffett,” says Chris Cannon, owner of Verissimo, the Alden 65 that won the 96th Annual Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race as news had just broken of the singer-songwriter’s passing the day before.

Starting on September 3, this is the flagship sailing event for Conanicut Yacht Club (Jamestown, RI) and the crown jewel of Narragansett Bay yacht racing. Held annually since 1927, the course extends around the scenic Conanicut Island for both racing and cruising classes.

“At the helm, we rotated among a 73, 80, and 76- year-old,” noted Cannon. “We joked the experience of doing this course quite a few times helped, but we knew we had to stay focused the whole time too because it’s strong competition out there. In 2021, we lost by 44 seconds and that just motivated us to be prepared and think through all our maneuvers.”

This was not Cannon’s first time on top of the CYC ATI, they won in 2017 after racing was delayed due to post-Tropical Storm winds. Earlier this year, Cannon won the Camden Classics Cup as well.

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A strong ebb tide delayed the start so the Race Committee could set a line for the 83 boats. By the time the first classes were off, the wind had filled nicely and the breeze continued to build to 10-15 knots from the south-southwest, making the course an 18-mile windward-leeward.

With an ebbing tide, there were quite a few boats over early, forcing them to sail back around the starting line. On the downwind in the West Passage, sailors were challenged to choose which shores to hit, Saunderstown or Jamestown, as they sailed south to round Beavertail and then up the West Passage to the North End. Then, once again, sailors had a choice of which side of Gould Island to pass before sailing under the Newport Pell Bridge to the finish.

“We had great conditions once again,” said Race Chair Peter Schott. “Thrilled we had 83 boats on the starting line, including one Multihull [Larry Phillips’ Midtown Racing M32] who finished in an hour and a half! We hope next year more multihulls join us Labor Day Weekend.”

Oakcliff Sailing’s JV 66 Temptation was the first monohull to cross the finish line in 2 hours and 06 minutes and 36 seconds, followed nine minutes later by last year’s line honors boat, Boudicca, owned by Jamestown local Rich Moody. Those boats corrected out to 5th and 7th, respectively.

Rounding out the podium was Manic, Alex Wadson’s Shaw 6.5 in second, and another Jamestown local, Mike Hirshland, with his Swan 44, Meraki, up from 16th last year.

The Around the Island Race is not about just the victories, it is a celebration of summer and getting the most out of these last warm days. The day ended with a beautiful night at Conanicut Yacht Club for awards, where sailors regaled the stories from the race course and awards were presented.

“We are hoping in future years, we can attract competitors from outside Narragansett Bay and even more classes,” shared Schott. “This race is always the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, so we want to encourage our friends from Buzzards Bay or Long Island Sound to come and make a weekend of it.”

Details: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=16114

Source: CYC

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A "Challenge Race" is held every year between the Jamestown Yacht Club and the Conanicut Yacht Club. This rivalry only exists on the water that afternoon, as we all sail together throughout the season.

Although we lack traditional yacht club facilities, we make up for this in our Activities and Enthusiasm. Club Racing, Cruising, and Social Events are only a few of our activities. During our Racing Season, Socials follow the Tuesday night races. Everyone, racing or not, is welcome to join us at the Jamestown Country Club, just a short walk from the Conanicut Marina.

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