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Tripp 41 After Midnight (Stuart, FL) had an outstanding upwind leg, rounded first, hoisted their kite and let it all hang out for the reach past North Bluffs. Charging up the starboard layline, Cool Breeze, John Cooper’s Mills 43 (Springfield, MO) tacked right at 1BI, just inside Heidi & Steve Benjamin’s Custom 41 High Noon (Norwalk, CT). During their set, they lost the guy – and momentum – and were overtaken by High Noon and Lawrence Dickie’s Ker 43 Ptarmigan (Greenwich, CT). The seven 52s were almost evenly spread apart as they passed old Harbor, with Interlodge out front and Sandra & David Askew’s TP 52 Flying Jenny 7 (Annapolis) bringing up the rear in hot pursuit of U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron’s TP 52 Invictus (Annapolis). In the ensuing jibing duel in the vicinity of Southeast Light, Interlodge stretched her lead and headed up the west side. Not far behind, Ptarmigan had assumed the IRC 2 lead and was taking flight. As the breeze freshened, there were some good-sized Atlantic rollers on the east side of the island as the PHRF 3 and 4 boats approached Southeast Light. As with the first beat, right was right for the second – it was essential to get in close to the beach. Winds had increased to 15 knots by th second upwind leg, and a few sails were damaged. Dave Guglielmo enjoyed his day on Ralph DiMattia’s N/M 40 Shamrock Sensation (Quincy, MA). “It was a perfect day. We had a great start and we did well,” said Dave, who reported seeing a competitor’s mainsail rent in two. “I didn’t see the name of the boat because I was doing my job,” he explained. “I was a grinder, and I ground and ground all day.” Never relinquishing her lead, Interlodge was first across the finish line to claim the Rolex Oyster Submariner timepiece. “Good teamwork was the key,” said crewman Hugh Piggin. “We had the right calls coming from the back of the boat and we didn’t make any mistakes. After the start, we had been swapping positions with the other 52s tacking up the shoreline and there were a few rocks and depth issues that came into play. Brad Read, our tactician, did a great job, and Austin did a great job driving the boat.” The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) had a fantastic day in the Swan 42 class, finishing 3rd in the 18-boat class. “We’ve been sailing Tiburon since last fall, but have not had much opportunity to sail in one-design events,” said Midshipman Derrick Cherico. “This week has been great – we’re starting to mesh as a crew. We finally got a good start and played the current line pretty well on the beat to 1BI, rounded second, and the entire crew was monumental in keeping their cool and going fast on the reach. The top four 42s had a real battle going, and we finished just a boatlength ahead of Better Than... [Gosia Rojek; Brooklyn, NY].” With an unbroken string of bullets, Ptarmigan is looking good for the US-IRC East Coast Championship. Vesper has posted a 1-1-1-5 to lead IRC 1 by 2 points, while Craig Albrecht’s Farr 395 Avalanche (Sea Cliff, NY) has a 3-point lead in IRC 3 and Tom Rich’s Peterson 42 Settler (Middletown, RI) has won two races to lead IRC 4 by 5 points. In the standings for the J/122 National Championship, Mike Bruno, Tom Boyle and Jim Callahan’s Wings (Irvington, NY) has 13 points, 5 ahead of Andrew Skibo’s Plum Crazy II (Ocean City, NJ). With a scoreline of 2-1-1-2, Bill Sweetser’s Rush (Annapolis) has a 7-point lead in the J/109 East Coast Championship. Bruce Stone and Julian Croxall’s Jouster (San Francisco, CA) did a horizon job in the J/105 class, and they’re trailing Damian Emery’s Eclipse (Shoreham, NY) who, until yesterday, had an unbroken string of bullets. 2 Storm Trysail Club 2011 Block Island Race Week News • Friday

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