Holmes Hole Races Bring Out the Prettiest Boats--A Look Back at August 2009

Holmes Hole Races Bring Out the Prettiest Boats--A Look Back at August 2009

It's March and daffodils are pushing up out of the ground giving hope that warm, dry weather may once again return. It's been a tough winter both weather-wise and economy-wise. So I couldn't help trying to give the warmer weather a push by posting some sailing shots from last summer's Holmes Hole races in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard.

The harbor here is perfect for racing. Like clockwork, Southwest winds pick up in the afternoon around 2 to give you a good run. Although they can disappear late, leaving boats hanging like wet laundry in the face of an opposing current and within agonizing reach of a mark they'll never round.

Look below for some of the boats that regularly race, or are just seen around the harbor, like the Black Dog's Alabama or Gannon & Benjamin's stunning Charlotte.

Charlotte
Charlotte.

Vineyard vixen
Vineyard Vixen.

Morris 36 B
Morris 36

Morris 36
Another Morris 36

Isabella
Isabella, a Bella designed and constructed by Gannon & Benjamin.

HHole

At the helm
David and Elise on Avanti, Cape Dory 270, hull #4.

Arion
Arion, a welcome visitor.

Committee boat
Charlie Felder (red cap at left) works the committee boat, Vigilant.

Avanti A
Avanti

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Alabama bowsprit
Alabama bears down.

Alabama 2
Alabama safely away.

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