The 63rd annual Edlu Race was run the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. This spring classic typically goes from the Larchmont breakwater to Eatons Neck and back (32nm) and serves as a nice warm-up to the Memorial Day weekend Block Island race and in even years, the Bermuda Race.
This year’s conditions were again raw though with mild winds to start. Most forecasts called for single digits early with a shut-down as the next front came through followed by freshening nor-easterlies.
At the start, the wind was far enough south to let the fleet come within a few degrees of Eatons so on Attractive Nuisance, our strategy was to foot slightly figuring that any shift would be in our favor. Not quite how it worked out at least not early. Borderline (Jonathan Asch & Stephen Bishop – Stamford YC) sailed high and hooked into some great pressure. It took some convincing but ultimately, we decided we needed some of what they had and bit the bullet by tacking to the south. And while we had to take Borderline’s transom, this proved hugely beneficial versus the rest of the class.
The remainder of the upwind to Eatons involved 20 to 30 degree shifts and a brief drop in the wind to <5. Fortunately, by the time we were off Stamford, the breeze freshened to around 12 knots and we finally caught the slower-rated Borderline who’d sailed brilliantly nailing each shift and change in pressure.
By the time we got to Eatons, we rounded with some of the double-handed boats who’d started 15 minutes ahead of us and a minute or two clear of Borderline. It appeared that the rest of our class was back some ways.
On the downwind, Borderline made some early gains soaking low but as the pressure built, we could get some small surfs from the developing waves and wind. While not sustained, we saw top speeds in the low-10s.
So in the end, we were able to leg out just enough to correct in front of Borderline for the class win. And whatever confluence of circumstances that prevailed, the Nuisance also managed to correct out better than the rest of the PHRF fleet.
On board were fellow members Roger van Loveren, Stephen Bailey and Michael McCormick ably augmented by Billy Hines and Andrew Dubel.
Next on the boats schedule is Twilight racing followed by the Geartester May 19 and the NYYC Annual Regatta in June.
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Photos courtesy of Howie McMichael.