Doug Jones
July 4, 2020
With the clouds clearing and a light breeze blowing from the NE, a respectable fleet of 11 H12’s presented themselves to compete for the cherished Quissett Fourth of July Firecracker Trophy.  The Race Committee of Photographer Bene Webster, Flagman Sam Broadhurst, Recorder Annie Dean, and PRO Doug Jones set a starting line at mark “V” and posted the course of SA sending the fleet on a windward, leeward, windward course, a bit to the dismay of the singlehanded sailors as they would have to endure a long, downwind leg without the benefit and entertainment of flying a spinnaker.  One such singlehanded sailor, Tom First in Olivia, took full advantage of the slight starboard, favored line in the light air and timed a perfect, starboard tack, full boat speed, boat end start and took off for the windward mark with a sizeable 10 second advantage.  Second to cross the line were Chuck First in Allie Rose and Nick and Langley Steinert in Tigger, while Mike and Emma Garfield in Phoenix vying for their fifth straight win to start the season were holding down seventh place with little room to maneuver and find clear air.  However, the wind was light, shifty, and variable.  By the windward mark, Phoenix had patiently and expertly moved into first place with Tigger at least 15 seconds behind, followed soon after by Chuck First in Allie Rose, Ali Rodin in Sea Breeze, Olivia, and Alec Clowes and Jolynn Khamky in Due Diligence.  On the long run to A (a mark off Stoney Beach), superior spinnaker work allowed Tigger to close the gap, but Phoenix was able to fight off all attempts to steal her wind and maintained a three second lead.  Meanwhile Due Diligence took full advantage of her spinnaker flying ability and began to chase down the leaders.  On the final beat to the finish, Mike Garfield in Phoenix proved why he is going to be tough to catch this year as he demonstrated superior boat speed and expert riding of each puff and lift pulling away for an impressive three and half minute victory.  Due Diligence maintained their momentum of the previous downwind leg and coasted to an impressive second place after rounding the first mark way back in the fleet.  Special kudos to Josephina Zambrano for skippering her first H12 race in light and shifty conditions, some of the most challenging for these classic boats.
Olivia at the start

Olivia (520) tacks over to port with a substantial lead after a near perfect start.

1. Phoenix Mike and Emma Garfield 49:52
2. Due Diligence Alec Clowes and Jolynn Khamky 53:21
3. Tigger Nick and Langley Steinert 54:48
4. Allie Rose Chuck First 55:25
5. Sea Breeze Ali Rodin 56:02
6. Olivia Tom First 56:40
7. MoxieTommy Tullius and Zoe 59:08
8. Chez Nous Bernie and Pete Lévesque 68:52
9. Muffin Andy Zimmerman 69:13
10. Bubbles Scotty and Sheila Gordon 69:40
11. Amazing Grace Josephina, Cathy, and Saul Zambrano 78:56