Celebrating a different kind of Labor Day Weekend Racing

Fishers Island Yacht Club’s ‘Round Island Race, heading to the east end. Photo Credit: Jane T. Ahrens

Excerpts from this sail-world.com article

September 8, 2020
by David Schmidt

While it’s safe to say that North America’s 2020 sailing season hasn’t exactly defined anyone’s idea of a great time, the good news is that organized racing has successfully unfurled, despite the stiff headwinds presented by the ongoing pandemic. The less-than-cheery news, of course, is that most of us (myself certainly included) haven’t racked up the kind of offshore miles or racecourse starts that we would typically have under our collective belts by Labor Day. But that doesn’t mean that the 2020 season was a total bust, especially for sailors who live in regions of the USA that have managed to contain the virus.

While the greater New York City area, and the Northeast in general, got hammered by COVID-19 during the spring, the region has done an impressive job of corralling this scourge. As a result, one of the myriad dividends that sailors living in these states enjoyed was a Labor Day weekend that featured some classic racing.

the Fishers Island Yacht Club’s 64th ‘Round Island Race (September 5) also unfurled over Labor Day weekend. As its moniker implies, this circumnavigation race, which began on the waters just outside of Fishers Island’s West Harbor, took the fleet on a (ballpark) 15 nautical mile spin around the island. The event featured One Design racing for the IOD, J/70, Melges 24 and Watch Hill 15 classes, while handicap racing was conducted using PHRF scoring for both spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions.

All told, some 55-plus boats, ranging in waterline length from J/70s to a Hunter 45, participated, giving skippers and crews a booster shot of normalcy during a summer that has been anything but.

Geordie Loveday accepting the Donzo Trophy from fellow sailor Nicholas Hall. Photo Credit: Beth Arsenault

Fishers Island Yacht Club hosts the ‘Round Island Race

And the results are in. Geordie Loveday won the over all race as well as the Donzo Trophy, on the 10th anniversary of Don Wilkinson’s death.

Visit this Yacht Scoring link for all the details HERE.

Race Photo Gallery Photo Credit: Jane T. Ahrens

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