Block Island Times

Mary D. regatta a success

Block Island’s historic Mary D. Fund Benefit Regatta, a popular fund raising event in the 1990s, was sailed yet again last Sunday in Block Island Sound.Seven boats entered the regatta, which was hosted by Block Island Community Sailing.The course this year was a windward, leeward, windward course, 12.4 miles in length, from the start/finish line set just west of the New Harbor entrance channel down to the “R6” buoy off of Cooneymus Cove, then up to “1BI,” the North Point buoy, and back to the start/finish line. Race conditions had southwesterly winds starting at 10 knots and freshing to 18 during the race. The Race Committee consisted of Henry duPont, the Regatta Chairman, Ted Merritt, and John Doolittle. Marty Shulman provided his 32 foot sport fishing boat to ably serve as the Race Committee boat.Top honors in the Spinnaker Class go to Henry duPont sailing his Tripp 26, RUSH to first place, and Briggs Whiteford, who sailed her Colgate 36 Miranda to second place. Top finishers in the Cruising Class were Bob Closter, sailing his J-24 Island Spirit to first place, Chuck Townsend sailing his lovely Alerion – Herreshoff 26 to second place, and Ray Torrey sailing the

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