The time has come for Lucy and I to wreak our revenge. We were quite competitive in our Melonseed Skiff in last year’s Round Island Regatta (see image up top), but were denied our rightful second-place finish (not that there was a trophy to win or anything) by the incompetent race committee, who sent us round the course four times and our competitors only three. (In spite of this handicap we still finished fourth!) Yes, I know that anarchic management has historically been a hallmark feature of the RIR, but it seems those days are coming to an end. The regatta, now going into its sixth year, is under new management and is being run by the Gundalow Company–people with genuine organizational experience. So this year (I’m hoping) we cannot be denied.
Mark your calendars! This year’s regatta will be held @ 10 a.m. Saturday July 30 on Portsmouth’s Back Channel, per usual, with prizes and partying afterward at the Wentworth Lear house. As in the past there will be one class racing under sail and various other classes racing in kayaks and rowboats. In spite of the enhanced structure it should be a blast. This event has sold out the last few years, so be sure to register now.
Lucy and I personally challenge you. Bring your best ride and have at us.
Mad kayak action at the 2015 event
Pre-start action under sail. Lucy and I are flying the red sail
Jeff and Molly Bolster in their blue kayak. Molly (in the straw hat) runs the Gundalow Company and is chief executive of this year’s regatta. Doesn’t she look well-sorted???
Joe Burke, publisher of Points East Magazine (in red shirt and hat), mixes it up
(All pix here are by Hunter Normandeau)