The windjammer sailing yacht Arabella, a stunning 160-foot tri-masted tall ship, had the perfect vantage point for observing the start of last Sunday's Holmes Hole Post-Season race. The massive vessel was anchored right in the middle of the starting line at red nun #6 in Vineyard Haven harbor.
While the boats slid by within inches of the Arabella, skippers and crew could see a full gallery of racing fans standing on Arabella's observation deck, drinks in hand, as they hooted and cheered the boats whooshing by. If they had stood any closer to Avanti, a 27-foot Cape Dory rushing by, they could have leaned over and helped pull in her jib as she hardened up.
Other boats getting an up-close-and-personal view of Arabella were Aileen, a Sparkman & Stephens 48, and Apres, a J-120. Gloria, a C&C 24, rolled out her big jib in the near-perfect conditions and sailed to victory over the course that went out to buoy 23(a) on East Chop and red nun #4 at West Chop. WNW winds at 10-15 knots suited the fleet just fine under the partly sunny skies. The Post Season races will continue on Thursdays and Sundays into the fall as weather permits.