Edgartown and Vineyard Haven 420 Regattas
By Phil Lynch
We have now completed both the Edgartown and Vineyard Haven Regattas! Despite extremely heavy conditions at the onset of Edgartown, we still had two boats sail in 30+ mph winds and do very well. On the second and much lighter day we had all boats on the water, many for the first time in such a competitive and highly attended (79 boats) regatta. Our team thrived and placed very respectfully in the fleet. On the third day of Edgartown, winds picked up again over 15 mph and proved to be another serious test for our team. The Quissett sailors however, overcame the elements, showed solid improvement, and ended the day feeling encouraged with their performance.
After only a day off in between regattas, the team traveled to Vineyard Haven to race in another competitive and well attended event, facing 62 boats on the starting line. There the team faced some interesting conditions with light wind, heavy current, and a very challenging Race Committee. The first and only day of the regatta (due to no wind on the second day) was sailed in a light breeze which eventually did fill in nicely. We had some very highly placing sailors after five races on the water. Others sailors who were getting used to the difficulty of racing against such large fleets, showed terrific improvement between the two regattas. In all, the team excelled on the water, showed resilience under difficult conditions, and demonstrated sportsmanship throughout the events. Well done!