2012-09-06 / News

Arethusa posts best time in Around the Island Race

95 boats circumnavigated Conanicut Island Sunday


Nancy B served as the race committee boat for the Conanicut Yacht Club’s Around the Island Race. 
PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH Nancy B served as the race committee boat for the Conanicut Yacht Club’s Around the Island Race. PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH Nearly 100 sailboats and their crew took to the waters Sunday to celebrate the end of the summer the same way they have been for the last eight decades – the Around the Island Race.

The circumnavigation of Conanicut Island is the oldest ongoing sailboat race on Narragansett Bay. Dating back to the Great Depression, the 85-year-old race has been synonymous with the end of summer in Jamestown. This year, the annual Labor Day event attracted 95 boats in 10 different classes.

“The [race] brings the sailing community – in all boat classes, age groups and geographic locations – together in a competitive and fun day on the bay,” said John Mayers, chairman of the race’s organizing committee. “This year, our participant list included experienced, competitive crews, as well as families, and even a singlehanded sailing competitor.”


Sailboats line up for the start of the CYC Around the Island Race on Sunday. 
PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH Sailboats line up for the start of the CYC Around the Island Race on Sunday. PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH The fastest sailboat to make the trek around the island was Arethusa, captained by Philip Lotz. Arethusa finished the course in 2 hours, 46 minutes, 38 seconds. Arethusa beat out seven other boats in Class J, and four boats in the inaugural IRC Class.

The winner of the best corrected time, which is awarded to the boat with the fastest PHRF adjusted time, was Celeritas. Malcolm Gefter skippered Celeritas, which crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 15 minutes, good enough to win the Class I race.

Other award winners included Jim Bishop aboard White Gold. Bishop was given the Eads Johnson Trophy for the fastest corrected time sailing aboard a large boat. Nicholas Sertl, who captained Lucy, was presented with the Robert A. MacLeod Rear Commodore Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the skipper who has the fastest corrected time aboard a daysailer. Sertl and Lucy beat out five other boats in Class B.

“Every year, our greatest variable to manage is the race day weather and this year was no exception,” said Mayers. “We had very light wind at the start that challenged our racers. All 10 participating classes started, but light wind resulted in a 40-minute delay for the last four classes.”

While the wind was a minor problem, it did fill in shortly after noon and remained light but steady for the rest of the day. All boats crossed the finish line before the 6 p.m. deadline.

Other winners were Ted Hood aboard Robin (Class A, 13 boats), Richard Eberhard aboard Allegro (Class B, 12 boats), Charles Beal aboard Four Suns (Class C, 12 boats), Lindsey Turowski aboard Berly Movin (Class E, six boats), George Cochran aboard Cowboy (Class F, 11 boats), Tom Rich aboard Settler (Class G, 11 boats), and Andrew Burton aboard Gromit (Class H, nine boats).

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