Near Gale Force Winds Strike Whitebread XXIX Regatta - 27 East

Near Gale Force Winds Strike Whitebread XXIX Regatta

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Spinnaker division winners, from left, first place Renegade, second place Alliance and third place Pipeline, hard on the wind approaching the north end of
Robins Island.   MICHAEL MELLA

Spinnaker division winners, from left, first place Renegade, second place Alliance and third place Pipeline, hard on the wind approaching the north end of Robins Island. MICHAEL MELLA

Spinnaker division champion Renegade rounding buoy C-3 in the north race.   MICHAEL MELLA

Spinnaker division champion Renegade rounding buoy C-3 in the north race. MICHAEL MELLA

Third place in non-spinnaker, Jacqueline IV, reefed going to weather.  MICHAEL MELLA

Third place in non-spinnaker, Jacqueline IV, reefed going to weather. MICHAEL MELLA

Bill Lehnert’s LS-10 Lunatic Fringe fighting the elements in the North Race under jib alone; his main halyard snapped during a gybe minutes after the start.     MICHAEL MELLA

Bill Lehnert’s LS-10 Lunatic Fringe fighting the elements in the North Race under jib alone; his main halyard snapped during a gybe minutes after the start. MICHAEL MELLA

One of Oakcliff Racing’s pocket-rockets Melges 24’s passing the 36-foot J-111 Obsidian.  MICHAEL MELLA

One of Oakcliff Racing’s pocket-rockets Melges 24’s passing the 36-foot J-111 Obsidian. MICHAEL MELLA

Fourth-place Obsidian in a tacking duel with first-place Renegade.    MICHAEL MELLA

Fourth-place Obsidian in a tacking duel with first-place Renegade. MICHAEL MELLA

Skilled skipper Gary Krogman steers his J-30 back into a hard fought second place in the non-spinnaker division.     MICHAEL MELLA

Skilled skipper Gary Krogman steers his J-30 back into a hard fought second place in the non-spinnaker division. MICHAEL MELLA

First place, non-spinnaker, Gypsy Moon out-pacing third-place Jacqueline IV, this moment so dark the boat’s running lights shine bright.   MICHAEL MELLA

First place, non-spinnaker, Gypsy Moon out-pacing third-place Jacqueline IV, this moment so dark the boat’s running lights shine bright. MICHAEL MELLA

Alliance, on starboard tack, about to force right away to a port-tack Melges 24, with another Melges 24 in hot pursuit.  MICHAEL MELLA

Alliance, on starboard tack, about to force right away to a port-tack Melges 24, with another Melges 24 in hot pursuit. MICHAEL MELLA

Alliance edging out Obsidian while port tack, Renegade soon to take and keep the lead. MICHAEL MELLA

Alliance edging out Obsidian while port tack, Renegade soon to take and keep the lead. MICHAEL MELLA

A Peconic Bay Sailing Association standout, skipper Peter Carroll, who studied aeronautical engineering at Cambridge University, about to complete sailing around Robins Island on his J-70. Tuned to perfection (NB: there is no provision for reefing a J-70) by tightening the shrouds, a lot of crank on the backstay and maximizing outhaul and vang tension. With the carbon fiber mast able to take such bending, this flattens the mainsail so it's less like an aircraft wing and generates less lift and also less drag.    MICHAEL MELLA

A Peconic Bay Sailing Association standout, skipper Peter Carroll, who studied aeronautical engineering at Cambridge University, about to complete sailing around Robins Island on his J-70. Tuned to perfection (NB: there is no provision for reefing a J-70) by tightening the shrouds, a lot of crank on the backstay and maximizing outhaul and vang tension. With the carbon fiber mast able to take such bending, this flattens the mainsail so it's less like an aircraft wing and generates less lift and also less drag. MICHAEL MELLA

Michael Mella on Oct 5, 2022
Last Saturday’s Whitebread Around The Whirl Regatta was one for the record books. Winds were howling out of the northeast at a steady 18 to 20 knots, with “near gale... more

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