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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 VINEYARD GAZETYE, MARTHS VINEYARD, MASS. FIVE Juno powers through the end. ]Vloffett 5,pirits Pictures by Louisa Gould Race Brings High s, and Storybook Finist By JOHN AMABILE Harry Duane would have loved every minute of it. The late giant in the Vineyard Haven sailing community was certainly pres- ent in spirit for the 35th running of the annual George Moffett Race last Sat- urday, when a robust fleet of sailboats turned out in weather that was even more robust to race in a 20-mile course from East Chop to Falmouth to Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and back. In the 'end, all agreed -- it was a memorable day of sailing in nearly every way. The Holmes Hole Sailing Associa- tion sponsors the race, which this year was dedicated to Mr. Duane, a founder and principal proponent of the Moffett Race and two-time winner of the event in his Soling, Andiamo lI. Mr. Duane died on June 19 at age 80 following a long illness. He was remembered at a memorial service sponsored by the sailing association on Sept. 6 at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, where he was a revered longtime member. The Moffett race took place two days later on Saturday, Sept. 8. The race is named for one of the founders of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association, George Moffett, a veteran sailor who campaigned his yacht Guinevere for many years, including victories in the Bermuda and SORC Races. He donated Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary to the Island. Forty-eight boats registered for this year's event and 40 came to the line near East Chop in Vineyard Haven harbor. The fleet was divided into two groups with the slower boats starting at 11:20 a.m. and the faster boats at 11:30 a.m. It was a beautiful, sunny late sum- ,mer.dy, with a robust, near gale-force southeast wind of 20 to 30 knots. The race committee, in the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club boat Vigilant, selected a challenging 19.4-mile course, account- ing for the predominant east setting current. The course took the fleet from the East Chop start north to buoy RG at Hedge Fence Shoal, then northwest to Red Bell 16 at Falmouth harbor, then southeast to Green Bell 23 at Oak Bluffs, then east to Red Bell 2 at Edgartown, then north to Red Bell 22, then west back to green bell 23, then southwest to the finish line. The nine-plus miles from Falmouth to Edgartown was a challeng- ing beat to windward into big seas built by the opposing wind and current. After the race, the sailors convened at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, which, at the direction of Sally Culkin, gener- ously hosted a reception for the grateful skippers and crews, who were treated to chowder, refreshments and race re- suits. Twenty-four boats finished the race. Commodore Dan Culkin and race scorer Roger Becker commended those that elected to bailout in the challeng- ing conditions for their judgment and seamanship. Call it divine intervention, karma, poetic justice, or anything else you might choose, on corrected time, the winner of the Moffett Cup Trophy was Harry's boat, Andiamo II, skippered by his grandson Jared Hammond, with Harry's son Paul and grandson Nick as crew. It is the only boat to have won the race three times. Wow! Second place went to Peter Cassidy in the S&S sloop Siren. Third was Scott DiBiaso in the Gannon and Benjamin- built schooner Juno. Fourth was past winner Jerry Goodale in his Pearson 31 Stormalong. Fifth was Steve Besse in the J-120 Apres, a past winner. Sixth was Brian Roberts in his S&S sloop Aileen. Seventh was Andy Berry in the Cal 33 Isobar. Eighth was Phil Hale in the Shields Wicked. Ninth was past winner and Holmes Hole commodore Dan Culkin in the Vineyard vixen Magic Time. Tenth was Doug Heil in the J-24 Pearly Baker. Remaining results follow: Placing llth was Ged Delaney, past winner in Ardent; 12, Bill Schillham- mer in Storrndancer; 13, Irving-.Gates in King Kiwi; 14, Ernie Mendenhall and Kathy Logue in Rocinante III, past winner; 15, Roger Merrill in Deneb; 16, H. Cammann in Sakie; 17, Matt Thomas in Grasshopper; 18, Stuart Halpert in Providence; 19, Peter Goodale in Stor- malong II; 20, David Lott in Avanti; 21, Peter Wells in September; 22, Tom and Laurie Welch in Eastaway; 23, Frank Desimone in Lagoonah; 24, David Mc- donough in Trinity. A grand tribute to our dearly de- parted skipper and fleet captain, Harry B. Duane. There was tight racing to the second mark. Wonder off Oak Bluffs. VirtualDining VFind a complete list of V Island dining establishments online at MVGAZETTE. 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IN VINEYARD SKIES Sunrise Sunset Fri., Sept. 14 6:20 6:53 Sat., Sept. 15 6:21 6:51 Sun., Sept. 16 6:22 6:49 Mon., Sept. 17 6:23 6:48 Tues., Sept. 18 6:24 6:46 Wed., Sept. 19 6:25 6:44 Thurs., Sept. 20 6:26 6:43 Fri., Sept. 21 6:27 6:41 Starry Nights The clear dry air that covers New England and is giving the Vineyard excellent sunny days is also giving us near perfect stargaz- ing nights. Visibility is excellent. The Milky Way is easy to see overhead, and the stars of autumn are rising in the east. For those who are up late, the bright planet Jupiter rises in the east around mid- night. The planet is in the zodiacal constella- tion Taurus, a constellation we associate with cold winter nights. If you wait until later, the constellation Orion rises in the east at 1 a,m. "Fake a moment to view the constellations in the western sky. They are our summer constellations and include Hercules, Aquila and Lyra. The brightest star high in the west is Vega, in the constellation Lyra. Vega resides amid the stars of summer. Crescent Moon A thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky next week. A few Vineyarders will see the moon as early as Tuesday night, soon after sunset. The moon will appear low and close to the horizon. More Vineyarders will see the moon on Wednesday night when it is higher in the sky and close to the red planet Mars. Mars appears just to the right of the moon. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Libra. On Thursday night, the moon appears higher and farther south. It will appear near the red star Antares. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius. M.A.L New D Full Moon Moon Sept. 16 Sept. 30 First Quarter Sept. 22 Last Quarter Oct. 8 Temperature: Precip. Day Max. Min. Inches. F  F-0 Sept. 7 77 65 .01 Sept. 8 82 70 .02 Sept. 9 80 64 .02 Sept. 10 70 56 .04 Sept. 11 70 55 .00 Sept. 12 72 52 Trace Sept. 13 77 54 .00 Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 73 -0 E Second fleet start. 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