Why I race the Vineyard — Rich DuMoulin

Rich DuMoulin's Lora Ann at the end of the 2006 Vineyard, one of only three to finish that year.

Rich DuMoulin’s Lora Ann at the end of the 2006 Vineyard, one of only three to finish that year.

The Vineyard is a tradition for many. We’ve decided to celebrate that with occasional profiles of Vineyard veterans, all members of the Buzzards Society. We continue with Rich DuMoulin.

How many Vineyards have you done? 37

Describe what makes the Vineyard so appealing? What’s not to like about the Vineyard Race? Instead of fighting Labor Day traffic, you’re on the water racing. The race provides great tactical options. For example, the Race vs the Gut exiting the Sound; Or going north or south of Block Island. (Yes you can go south of Block on the way out. We won one year doing that. Thank you Steve Moore-RIP). Other appealing parts: the approach to the Tower, homeward bound past Block on the way home. And there are so many places to look smart, or not. There are also lots of passing lanes and half the race is on the ocean. The Vineyard Committee has improved the event thru an earlier start friday making it highly likely to have Sunday breakfast at home. The Sunday evening Awards party is now a blast.

What is the most difficult part of racing The Vineyard? The most challenging decision of the race is whether to re-enter the Sound via the Race to play Connecticut, or the Sluice or Gut to play Long Island.

What’s your favorite part of racing The Vineyard? It’s passing the bluffs along the south side of Block Island on the way home. It’s a beautiful view and we can see the house we rent for Block island Race Week.

 

 

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