NBYA Ice Cream Cone Cup
Hosted by: NBYA and the Easy Greenwich Yacht Club
Submitted by: David Schwartz, Big Boat Chairman
Twenty seven boats in four classes signed up to race on what turned out to be a sparkling day on the bay. The EGYC race committee led by Bill Pearson quickly figured out that the 10 to 20 knot northerly breeze would be shifty all day. They set a fair line and quickly got the 12 double-handed boats off on their 17 mile jaunt around Prudence Island course. These boats saw upwind hits through the narrows then reaches and runs down the back side of the island where some, aided by the current were doing 9+ knots over the bottom. After turning the southern corner of the island, the boats faced upwind work against the current. The first boat to finish was the J130 Madrigal taking just 2 hours 37 minutes. The slowest boat finished an hour and 2 minutes later. Correcting out to first was Big Hungry Bear leading Epiphany by just 40 seconds with Morning Dance coming in third.
The fully crewed boats enjoyed some close racing. Each class got two races in. The first race was a windward-leeward course with 7 legs for the larger and 5 legs for the smaller boats. The pin end of the line was favored in the first race. Lots of close crossing situations and covering upwind. As the boats got close to the windward mark, it seems that everyone found a big header and had to throw in more tacks than they had expected. The down wind legs were a broad reach with most boats opting to go without gybing. In Class A, Mischief got out to an early lead and wound up winning on corrected time by over 1 1/2 minutes. In Theory and Hermosa came in 2 and 3. Class B was much closer with Falcon edging out Fireball by 36 seconds after more than an hour of racing.
After the boats had finished race 1, the race committee announced the course selection and start time for the second race. The course took the boats upwind to nun 6, then on a run past the eastern tip of Dispair. From there you needed to reach up some to get to Bell 2 off the northern tip of Conanicut. The final leg was a beat back to the finish. This was an interesting 7.4 mile course. Lots of tactics on the downwind and final legs as the northerly did its dance. In the end, In Theory ran away with the race beating Mischief and Cygne by over 2 1/2 minutes. Final results for the class were In Theory winning on a tie breaker with Mischief second and Coconut third. In class B, the racing was again close. This time Fireball reversed the tables and beat Falcon by 50 seconds. This gave Fireball the overall win, again on a tie-breaker.
For those of you who didn't make the social at EGYC, the drinks were cold, the food was hot and the bugs stayed away. Lots of good stories especially from the double-handers. Seems like most of them were just learning how to sail with just one other person on board. During the race, many would call out for someone to ease the guy or take in on the halyard only to realize that the only someone around was them. Nice trophies, curved glass with frosted engraving. Next up is the Herreshoff Regatta on August 27 and 28. We expect over 30 boats with lots of good racing starting south of Bristol. Don't forget to make your reservations for the lobster boil on Saturday night as this generally sells out before the day of the race.