110th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
From tragedy and big seas to flat calm and floating, the 110th Chicago Mackinac Race was a race of extremes for the 289.4 nm course from the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier, to Mackinac Island. After the Cruising Division start on July 20 and the Racing Division start on July 21, the 288-boat fleet was soon dealt with 20+ knots and six-to-eight foot seas as they sailed up Lake Michigan. Ultimately, 65 teams would retire. As the low moved east, the wind lightened and a weak high pressure system met the fleet in the northern part of the lake. Seventeen J/111s started, and it was Dave Irish’s Nosurprise that took Class honors, ahead of Richard Witzel’s Rowdy and Tom Dickson’s Warlock. For complete results, visit http://competitor.cycracetomackinac.com/results.cfm.
Wicked Time at Edgartown
Edgartown Yacht Club’s 80-year-old ’Round-the-Island (’RTI) race is 56 nautical-miles. It started early and finished in the late afternoon on the wings of a moderately heavy breeze. It is part of Edgartown Yacht Club’s annual Edgartown Race Weekend, which includes two days of ‘Round-the-Buoys racing on Thursday and Friday (July 19 and 20) before segueing into Saturday’s distance racing that this year also included, for the first time, a shorter ’Round-the-Sound race. Douglas Curtiss’s J/111 Wicked 2.0 won PHRF A. For complete results, visit http://www.rtirace.org/raceresults.shtml.
Sun-Baked July ‘Champagne Charlie’ Regatta at Royal Southern Yacht Club
Running racing in light winds on the biggest tides of the year meant the weekend of 14–15 July was never going to be easy. With water temperature in the Solent now almost 21 degrees Celsius and unbroken sunshine predicted, the met office forecast was for a late start to the sea breeze on Saturday and even lighter winds on Sunday. The PRO, Philip Gage, issued an amendment to add an extra race on the Saturday, in case racing had to be abandoned on Sunday – as indeed turned out to be the case. The larger keel boats in Black group set off on schedule, with a light southeasterly blowing and the last of the east-going flood adding to the apparent wind. But after the first race was completed, the wind died away as the southwesterly sea breeze started to kick in – but slowly. As it got stronger, the race team managed to get in three more races, with the final race being the best conditions of the day. The J/111 fleet was won by Jelvis (Martin Dent). Full details of the results can be found here: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4691.
Light Air Queen’s Cup Race
The 80th running of the Queen’s Cup, one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes hosted by the South Shore Yacht Club will certainly not go down as one of the fastest in history. Nearly 200 boats participated, with over 1,200 sailors enjoying great parties both pre-race and post-race at each venue (Milwaukee, WI across Lake Michigan at a course of approximately 89 degrees to Grand Haven, MI). PHRF 3 was the J/111 Division. Winning that competitive class was Mark Caliban’s NO QUARTER, followed by Brad Faber’s UTAH in second and Richard Hobbs’ HOBGOBLIN holding on for the bronze. For more Queen’s Cup Race information, visit http://www.ssyc.org/.
Bravo Block Island Race Week
The Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT and the Block Island Yacht Club teamed up to co-host Block Island Race Week 2018. The sailors were blessed with five good days of racing on Block Island Sound from June 17-22. In the PHRF Spinnaker division, a half-dozen boats sailed the entire week. The highlight was the three-way "match race" taking place within the PHRF division all week long. In the end, topping the J/111s was Sedge & Andy Ward’s BRAVO. Greg Slamowitz’s MANITOU, then Kenn Fischburg’s WILD CHILD followed them in succession. For more BIRW information, visit http://www.birw2018.com/.
Ruhlman Family Time at Cleveland Race Week
Following Cleveland Race Week one-design weekend is additional days of women’s, youth, double-handed and "big boat" sailing. Topping out PHRF B was the Ruhlman family on their J/111 SPACEMAN SPIFF that won class honors with straight bullets in six races. For more Cleveland Race Week information, visit www.clevelandraceweek.com.