The annual Vineyard Cup for the benefit of Sail Martha's Vineyard ended its 3-day regatta on Sunday with a flourish. Winds gusting up to 25+ knots buffeted the fleet as it passed East Chop en route to the finish line for the 17.7 mile final race.
Boats heeled sharply in the heavy winds off East Chop.
The weather was flawless for the weekend with cloudless skies, temps in the high '70s and winds 5-10 Friday and Saturday with a heavier go on Sunday that saw boats heeling severely in the face of occasional heavy blasts and swells from the SW winds.
Perception with John Amabile aboard bearing down.
Holmes Hole SA boats made their mark with Andy Berry (Isobar), Ed Cerullo (Undine), Mo Flam (Penelope) and Jerry Goodale (Stormalong) all finishing in the money in their respective divisions.
_Sunday's first leg, running off East Chop to first mark, belied what was to come later in the afternoon: building seas and heavy wind.
Final leg, a pair of Nonsuch boats come upon Trinka, a Bristol Channel Cutter.
_Trinka up close with skipper John Rose, an accomplished sailmaker, at the helm.
__Magic Time on the far left, Mischief, and Gloria, far right, on Sunday's first leg.
Avanti crew David McDonough, a future Holmes Holer and Vineyard Cup competitor (Trinity, Morgan 37), accepts an Avanti burgee from its grateful skipper.
Trinka heeling on the last leg.
_Avanti skipper David Lott with crew Elise Ryan: Wait 'til next year!