'Round Shelter Island Whitebread Regatta Sailed Under Much Better Conditions Than What Was Forecast - 27 East

'Round Shelter Island Whitebread Regatta Sailed Under Much Better Conditions Than What Was Forecast

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Tom Wacker at the helm of Trading Places flying a huge red spinnaker, temporally out in front of the pack in Division 2. Peter Beardsley sailed his planning Viper sloop Glory Days to first place in that division.    MICHAEL MELLA

Tom Wacker at the helm of Trading Places flying a huge red spinnaker, temporally out in front of the pack in Division 2. Peter Beardsley sailed his planning Viper sloop Glory Days to first place in that division. MICHAEL MELLA

Bill Edwards fine-tuning Entropy’s jib while inching past Excalibur in a close-quarters duel off of Conkling Point.    MICHAEL MELLA

Bill Edwards fine-tuning Entropy’s jib while inching past Excalibur in a close-quarters duel off of Conkling Point. MICHAEL MELLA

Sure-footed foredeck crewmember fine-tuning the spinnaker sheet.     MICHAEL MELLA

Sure-footed foredeck crewmember fine-tuning the spinnaker sheet. MICHAEL MELLA

John Sommi, J-88 Cloud 9 skipper, managed a streamlined crew to a respectable third place in spinnaker Division 1.   MICHAEL MELLA

John Sommi, J-88 Cloud 9 skipper, managed a streamlined crew to a respectable third place in spinnaker Division 1. MICHAEL MELLA

Pat Mundus’s engineless wood double-ended ketch Tern, a 1952 Herreshoff design, custom built By O. Lie-Nielsen in Maine 47 years ago shows the near 70-yacht fleet a bit of old world charm.
MICHAEL MELLA

Pat Mundus’s engineless wood double-ended ketch Tern, a 1952 Herreshoff design, custom built By O. Lie-Nielsen in Maine 47 years ago shows the near 70-yacht fleet a bit of old world charm. MICHAEL MELLA

From left, Purple Haze, Obsidian, EEYS, Team Tonic sporting a blue spinnaker and Simpatico fly by Shelter Island Heights.    MICHAEL MELLA

From left, Purple Haze, Obsidian, EEYS, Team Tonic sporting a blue spinnaker and Simpatico fly by Shelter Island Heights. MICHAEL MELLA

Michael Mella on Oct 11, 2023

Weather forecasting is not an exact science, even on the morning of needed pre-race data. Saturday’s ’Round Shelter Island Whitebread XXX was raced, not under the forecasted “thunderstorms with occasional severe downpours; wind 9 knots SSE,” but to a delightful rain-free sail with the wind hitting 15 knots.

Photographer Michael Mella, onboard Mark Rickabaugh’s E-33 Entropy, shooting between stints at the helm and trimming sails, helped bring the sloop to a respectable second place in nonspinnaker Division 4.

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