IN 2005-2006 LARRY HUNTINGTON BUILT A 50 FOOT JASON KER DESIGN AT NEB. LAUNCHED FOR THE 2006 BERMUDA RACE IN WHICH WE WON OUR CLASS.
DURING WHAT WAS AN OTHERWISE UNEVENTFUL TRANSATLANTIC RACE. A BRIEF HIGH POINT. NOTHING LIKE THE 2015 RACE IN WHICH WE WERE SAILING 300 MILE DAYS.
OF ALL BY EXPERIENCES OCEAN RACING THIS RACE WILL STAND OUT. WE MANAGED TO HOOK A WEATHER SYSTEM AND RIDE IT ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE OCEAN. USUALLY YOU NEED A LARGER BOAT OR A MULTIHULL TO STAY KEEP UP WITH THE SYSTEM.
The first taste of the adventure, and the longest race I ever sailed. 3700 miles. I sailed my first Bermuda race and my first transatlantic race aboard “Guenivere”
This is the waterfront I grew up with.
I crossed the atlantic twice on “Carina” which was launched in the spring of 1969. A year which was famous for Woodstock and the Moon walk. We huddled around the radio at sea to listen to the Moonwalk broadcast. We races the Fastnet and the US team won the Admiral’s Cup that year; finishing second in 1971.
The Transatlantic race to Spain started in Bermuda and was in stark contrast as the course crossed two high pressure zones. The boat that won sailed the isobars. I had argued the point to no avail aboard “Charisma” as it meant sailing at right angles to the course. Less than 24 hours after finishing we set out for Sardinia; for what would be the first Mediterranean Championship; winning every race with Bill Ficker steering.
The Conanicut Yacht club has run this race 93 times now. It is, for me one of the fun events in Narragansett Bay. Windward, Leeward courses are frankly a chore. The SW breeze filled nicely and made it all the more enjoyable.