16 of 29 boats fail to finish Ida Lewis Distance Race
Of the 29 boats that started last weekend’s Ida Lewis Distance Race, only 13 managed to finish within the 30-hour time limit due to light winds and strong currents. Nevertheless, the popular overnighter, which started Aug. 16 on Narragansett Bay, was a hit, taking the fleet on one of its shortest courses, the 122-nautical-mile Nomans course.
On Saturday, the lucky 13 – including each one of the three youth teams and two collegiate teams – had successfully completed the race, with Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s team taking line honors after crossing the line at 7:59 a.m.
“At the start, we had about 12 knots of breeze coming out of the bay,” said Shindig helmsman Tim Dexter, who is a cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “We were beginning to work on all the boats, but as soon as we got to Block Island it began to lighten up and current became more of a factor. Our crew stayed really positive. Everyone’s head was in the race the entire time, and we pushed the boat as hard a we could.”
The team of 15 sailors was awarded the Lois J. Muessel Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time overall, as well as the William E. Tuthill Trophy for winning the collegiate challenge over the University of Rhode Island’s boat, Crazy Horse.
A little after 9:30 a.m., Nightshift became the second boat to cross the finish line and was awarded the perpetual Lime Rock Trophy for best corrected time in the PHRF class. The Nightshift team also was one of eight boats hosting at least one junior sailor among its crew.
Presented with the Commodore’s Trophy for best corrected time in the IRC class was Christopher Culver’s boat, Blazer. “The teamwork on the boat was exceptional, and I don’t think we left anything out on the race course,” he said.
In the PHRF doublehanded class, Edward Cesare’s Pleiad Racing finished the course in just over 24 hours, earning the trophy for best corrected time in the class.
IRC class 1. Blazer, Swan 42, Christopher Culver, Weston, Conn.; 2. Christopher Dragon, Sydney 43, Andrew & Linda Weiss, Mamaroneck, N.Y.; 3. Miracle, R/P 44, Michael Cashel, Hingham, Mass.; 4. Catapult, Ker 40, Marc Glimcher, New York, N.Y.; 5. Orion, J/122, Paul Milo, Leesburg, Va.
PHRF class 1. Nightshift, Farr 40, Kevin Mc- Neil, Annapolis, Md.; 2. White Rhino, Swan 56, Todd Stuart, Newport; 3. Shindig, Andrews 70, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, Mass.; 4. Oakcliff Youth, Farr 47, Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; 5. Crazy Horse C.C., Baltic 50, Kevin McLaughlin, Fairhaven, Mass.
PHRF doublehanded class 1. Pleiad Racing, Class 40, Edward Cesare, Norwalk, Conn.; 2. Oronoco, Sabre 426, Adrian Ravenscroft, Cohasset, Mass.; 3. Ruse, Swan 44, William Marsh, Chatham, Mass.