Everything is in place for 75th running of the Vineyard

ramblerNearly 80 boats are expected to cross the starting line this Friday for the start of the 75th running of the Vineyard Race, hosted by Stamford Yacht Club and presented by Thomson Reuters.

Fifty five of those boats will be racing under IRC.

“We wanted to make this a special race because of the anniversary,” said Charles Goodrich, co-chair of the event with Richard Nugent. “So to do that, we’ve put a lot of thought into making this fun on the water as well as off.”

The 238-mile Labor Day weekend race has always been one of the highlights of the racing season on Long Island Sound and is the final race for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (NORT), awarded to the IRC boat with the best finish record in long-distance racing. Eleven boats are in the running for this year’s championship with six of them entered in the Vineyard Race, a required race in the series: George David’s Rambler, Tom Hill’s Titan 15, Tom Carroll’s SirenSong, Lenny Sitar’s Vamp, Steve Cain’s Shooting Star and Shaun & Patti Ensor’s Fearless.

The Vineyard is also the culmination of the Doublehanded Ocean Racing Trophy (DHORT) awarded to the best doublehanded crew racing under IRC in the same events as those for NORT. Five boats are in the running for the trophy with two entered in the Vineyard Race: Jason Richter’s Paladin and James Wilson’s Ceol Mor.

This year there have been several significant changes on and off the water. On the water there will be race tracking by Flagship. All entrants will be tracked through the Stamford Yacht Club Web site for the entire race. The race will also start earlier on Friday so boats can get back earlier and crew can enjoy time with their families.

Onshore there will be a Sunday evening arrivals party and awards ceremony on the lawn of Stamford Yacht Club.

Festivities begin Thursday night at the Club with a reception and Skipper’s Meeting hosted by Gary Jobson.

To view the scratch sheet: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_scratch_sheet.cfm?eID=238

Race updates:

https://vineyardrace.wordpress.com/

http://twitter.com/vineyardrace

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