Vineyard Race gets off to a slow start

 

 

Blue Yankee, record holder in the Vineyard, during the start.

Blue Yankee, record holder in the Vineyard, during the start.

Stamford, Conn., August 29, 2008 – The 74th running of the 238-mile classic Vineyard Race got underway today in light conditions off Bell 32 near Stamford Harbor.

The 56 boats racing this year in 10 sections had winds of 3 to 7 knots from the SSE at the start but had a fair tide to make the outbound portion of the race a bit easier for a little while.

Hosted by the Stamford Yacht Club and sponsored by Vineyard Vines, the race is one of the East Coast’s classic distance races.

Of the 56 boats in the race, nine are competing in the shorter Cornfield Point race which takes boats to the mouth of the Connecticut River near Old Saybrook, Conn., and back. The rest are racing to Buzzards Bay Light Tower off Martha’s Vineyard.

The first turning point for the race will be the Buzzards Bay Light Tower. Some of the larger, faster boats could reach the tower by Saturday. However, the weather looks quite light for most of the race according to Commanders Weather. This is caused by a high pressure system over eastern Canada that is working its way to northern New England

The Vineyard Race was started in 1932 and is one of the top ocean-racing events of the season. It is a qualifying race for the season long Gulf Stream Series and is the final qualifying race of the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy, the Double Handed Racing Trophy and the New England Lighthouse Series.

Winners will be honored at a special ceremony Monday at Stamford Yacht Club.

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