Why I race the Vineyard — Dave Hubbard

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 Dave Hubbard.

How many Vineyards have you done? I sailed in 10 Vineyards

Describe in one word what makes the Vineyard so appealing? I think it was the variety of experiences and the anticipation of the unknown events that might occur.

What is the most difficult part of racing The Vineyard? I think it was the variety of experiences and the anticipation of the unknown events that might occur. The timing and guessing (?) when and how we would get out of the Sound.

What’s your favorite part of racing The Vineyard? The different yachts and people I sailed with. An early one was on a Manchester 33. small and very slow, entertaining owner. We ended up sailing back through Fishers Island Sound on Tuesday evening having a gourmet dinner prepared by the owner. I sailed with Bill Luders on his Spartan Storm with other topnotch sailors. In the 50s, our syndicate of young bachelors raced our wooden 1935 38’Alden cutter (again very slowly). Twice with Marvin Green, once on a Swan 65 and once on his 82′ maxi Nirvana (very fast!). All in all, I think my cherished memories centered on the personalities, the boats and the joy of sailing rather than the prizes and our placement at the finish line.

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