Alviento and Thin Man take Cornfield honors



Todd Aven, left, of Thin Man, with Don Wyllie of the host Stamford YC.

Todd Aven, left, of Thin Man, with Don Wyllie of the host Stamford YC.

Stamford, Conn., August 31, 2008 – Alviento and Thin Man took corrected honors in their respective classes in the Cornfield Point Race while the bulk of the Vineyard Race fleet struggled with light conditions Sunday morning.

Alviento, a Pearson 10M sailed by Antony Sklarew of Stuyvesant YC, won the non spinnaker class of the Cornfield Point Race while Thin Man, a J/92 sailed by Todd Aven of City Island YC, won the spinnaker class.

Of the nine boats that started the shorter Cornfield Point course Friday night off Stamford, only two – Orion and Star – dropped out. The rest had completed the course by Sunday morning.

On the 238-mile Vineyard course skippers were having a much tougher time.

As of 0800 Sunday only four boats, all in IRC Super Zero, had finished while at least four others had dropped out.

In IRC Super Zero, Rima2, John Brim’s Reichel Pugh 55 out of New York YC, corrected out over second place finisher Blue Yankee, sailed by Bob and Farley Towse of the host Stamford YC. Genuine Risk, first to finish last night shortly before midnight, corrected out at third.

Full results are being posted at

The race is hosted by the Stamford Yacht Club and sponsored by Vineyard Vines.

Of the 56 boats that crossed the starting line Friday evening at Bell 32 off Stamford, nine were racing the shorter Cornfield Point Race which takes racers to the mouth of the Connecticut River and back to Stamford. The longer Vineyard course takes racers out the Buzzards Bay tower off Martha’s Vineyard and back.

The Vineyard Race was started in 1932 and is one of the top ocean-racing events of the season. It is the final qualifying race of the Northern Ocean 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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