Third course added for 2010 Vineyard Race

The Vineyard Race, hosted by Stamford Yacht Club, will offer three course options for the first time this year.

In addition to the traditional Vineyard Race course and the shorter Cornfield Point course, officials are offering something in between – a route to Seaflower Reef off New London and back.

“Every year we’re looking to make this race better than the year before,” said Ray Redniss, principal race officer for the Vineyard. “The Seaflower Reef course offers racers something a bit longer than Cornfield Point but without leaving the Sound and thus requiring a life raft.”

The Seaflower course, which covers 143 nautical miles, will take racers around the reef and then to “PI” off Plum Island and then back to the finish.

The new options are detailed in the Notice of Race for the 2010 race which was posted this week. (Click here.)

This year’s Vineyard Race, scheduled to start at noon on September 3, will also have Thomson Reuters back as presenting sponsor.

“We were fortunate to have their support last year during the 75th running of the race,” said Charles Goodrich who is co-chair of this year’s race along with Diane McKeever. “With their support we were able to offer a lot of additional benefits to racers last year and that will continue. This includes race tracking and the end-of-race party and awards ceremony on the lawn of Stamford Yacht Club the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend.”

Last year’s race attracted 65 boats to the Vineyard Race course and 12 to the Cornfield Point course.

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