“It looks like a perfect day,” stated Moose McClintock’s weather briefing to skippers ahead of the 95th Annual Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race. “At this time of year, as the water warms, there’s less of a tendency of a strong thermal flow but with highs near 80 there will be a reinforcement of a southwest flow from an incoming, but weak, cold front.” McClintock’s forecast was spot on. By the time the first classes of the 80 boats started off CYC at 11 am, the wind had filled nicely and the clouds parted to welcome sunny skies. The breeze continued to build to 10-15 knots from the south-southwest making the course an 18-mile windward/leeward. With a flooding tide into Narragansett Bay the entire race, sailors were challenged to choose which shores to hit (Newport or Jamestown) as they sailed south to round Beavertail then up the West Passage to the North End. Then once again, sailors had a choice of which side of Gould Island to pass before sailing under the Newport Pell Bridge to the finish. PHRF C division saw twin J/24s enjoy their four decades-long love affair by going around the island. Winning was Rob Lambert’s BARFLY, with Deborah McCay’s OBSTREPOROUS finishing third. For more Conanicut YC Round Island Race information, visit https://conanicutyachtclub.org/ati-race-details-waterfront.

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