Friday, July 17, 2015

Beringer Bowl

Boston Yacht Club runs this race every July and has a double handed division which is lightly attended. This year, Jeroboam and three other boats entered DH:

Vivace, an Aerodyne 38 that rates 33
Yare, a Taylor 42 that rates 48
Nina, an Alerion 41 that rates 105

Additionally, there are some fully crewed boats entered that I occasionally compete against in the short handed scene:

Catch 22, a Swan 48 that rates 30
Eagles Dare, a J111 that rates 36
Rockit, a Columbia 32 that rates 72

Forecast breeze is out of the south so we'll have it on the nose but at least there will be wind. July and August in Mass Bay and Cape Cod Bay are notoriously dead so this is good news indeed.

Last year, Piper and I raced Jeroboam to a DH division victory and I fulfilled a lifelong dream of starting a race with something smoking away on the grill, but this year the Irish Lass and I will take on the fleet. I've decided to make the starting line grill action a Beringer tradition on Jeroboam so I'll be stopping off at the deli on my way home for some burgers and buns.

Here's a look at the 46nm course that runs first to a buoy near the Graves then down to a turning mark off Wood End at the tip of the cape and finishing just at the entrance to Providencetown Harbor:

The first start is tonight at 7pm. As this is Jeroboam's first race of the season, much prep went into getting her ready over the last week. The bottom was particularly disgusting, requiring a putty knife and four tanks of air to scrape it clean.

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