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Largest Fleet in Years Participates in 62nd Gearbuster
IHYC’s Coyote Wins Spinnakered Division; Foolish Pleasure wins Non-Spinnaker Division

IHYC’s Coyote Wins Spinnakered Division; Foolish Pleasure wins Non-Spinnaker Division

62 entries were received (59 started) for this year’s Gearbuster making it the largest fleet in recent history. And the largest middle-distance race on western LIS in 2017! Thank you Greg Neumann and Michael Millard for your relentless promotion of this event.

At the start, conditions were rather benign for a race nicknamed the Gearbuster and the RC chose to invoke the short course option for both spinnakered and non-spinnaker fleets. All classes started in a light (5-6 knots) easterly that gradually built over the course of the day. Ultimately, the non-spinnaker boats sailing the short version of the short course (11 miles) were the first to finish with most done in 2.5 hours +/- 15 minutes. The spinnakered fleet, sailing the short version of the long course (19 miles) and with a wider ratings gap, finished later in 3.5 to 5 hours.

In all, it was a fine day for Indian Harbor competitors.

In the spinnaker division, Bill Clemens and Coyote won Class 2 and first overall, while Jonathan Nye and Attractive Nuisance won Class 4 (6th overall). The Sinclair’s Bellerophon and John Cutting’s Easy Red also moneyed finishing 2nd in class/4th overall and 3rd in class/8th overall respectively.

In the non-spinnaker fleet it was a clean sweep with Vice Commodore Ted Graves’ Nor’easter, Commodore Don Rotzein’s Tecumseh and John Ekberg’s Foolish Pleasure each winning their class with David Ornstein (Dursey) second in Class 8.

Full results here.

After racing, competitors were treated to free beer, hot dogs, chili and chips at the Club’s newly renovated Sunfish Bar under most uncharacteristic Gearbuster conditions (mid-70s and daylight!). The food, drink and camaraderie was a very much appreciated by member and non-members crews alike.

One Boat’s Account

Aboard Attractive Nuisance, we opted for a port tack start at the heavily favored pin instead of the signal boat figuring the bias was enough to compensate for the expected right shift later in the day (which given the shorter course, was not certain to occur ahead of rounding the first mark anyway). Several of our closest competition had the same idea but fortunately we were able to win the start, closing the door on boats of windward and riding over the top of boats to leeward. A long port tack ensued with all crew eventually to windward, legs out making for terrific sailing. We arrived at the only turning mark (Eeatons Neck buoy) without drama around 1330 rounding just behind the scratch boat in our class and ahead of all others. For much of the run we duked it out with a J109 from the class above us until they gybed away. On AN, our thinking was to angle into the CT shore to avoid the adverse current and take advantage of the expected starboard tack lift/port tack header. We continued to gybe downwind and into Captain Harbor just getting the shift and strengthening breeze 100 yards from the finish line and crossing at 1527.