July 8, 2015

By Doug Jones

Swizzle SizzlesJuly Wednesday #2

The second race of the Quissett Yacht Club July Wednesday series continued to challenge the Race Committee with another non traditional wind direction and speed. A 10 knot breeze out of the West (sooner or later the wind will blow from the longstanding expected SSW) prompted the Race Committee of Alan Haigh, Wendy Martyna, Martha Adams, and Doug Jones to drop a temporary mark 4/10 of a mile to the west of the starting pin. Threatening clouds and ominous radar encouraged a shorter course than usual and the fleet was sent on a windward leeward course twice around. Perhaps due to the dark skies only six boats came out to race.

Tom First in Olivia (sailing singlehanded as allowed on Wednesday nights) had a near perfect start in the middle of the line with clear air and at full speed. Chuck First and Randi Ferraro in Allie Rose were within two feet of the starting line at the pin end. Ted Grayson and Erik Egleston in Swizzle soon had their boat heated up and moving well through the sloppy seas. By the windward mark, Swizzle had moved into the lead with Olivia and Craig Hattabaugh and Ken Morse in Cocochellie in close pursuit.   Swizzle lengthened her lead during the downwind leg since Olivia was not allowed to fly a spinnaker; however, Olivia was able to hold off the rest of the fleet during the run. Allie Rose and Mike and Ben Garfield in Phoenix put their spinnaker skills to excellent use as they moved into third and fourth place respectively. During the final beat, Swizzle solidified her position while Phoenix found her stride and passed Allie Rose to take over the third spot. On the final run to the finish, Swizzle sailed to an easy victory while Phoenix took advantage of her ability to fly her spinnaker and cruised past Olivia to take second place by four seconds over Olivia. With a first and second finish in the two races held, Phoenix has herself in excellent position for the July Wednesday Series.


  1. Swizzle            Ted Grayson and Erik Egleston                   33:55
  2. Phoenix          Mike and Ben Garfield                                  34:35
  3. Olivia               Tom First                                                       34:39
  4. Allie Rose       Chuck First and Randi Ferraro                   34:59
  5. Buttercup       Mike Fenlon and Tim Armstrong                36:19
  6. Cocochellie     Craig Hattabaugh and Ken Morse               37:28