Pisces breaks a course record in ’Port
& Starboard Regatta
On August 12, the 77-year-old sloop Pisces, owned and skippered by
Harry Fish Jr.
of Jonesport, sailed to a new record in the ’Port & Starboard
Yacht Club’s annual
Commander Wally Kurz Memorial Regatta.
Starting just outside Bucks Harbor, Fish completed the approximately
triangular course around Machias Bay in one hour and 51 minutes.
Crewing for him aboard the 30-foot Pisces were his wife Sherry, niece
nephew Aaron Herzog, and a friend, Jeremy Bassett of Southport, North
Fish credited his speed to a unusual combination of wind angles. “When
it was more or less eight to 12 knots north-northwest,” he said.
us a close reach and a broad reach on the first two legs. After a
wind shift more
to the west, we had another close reach back to the finish line.”
The lack of an
upwind leg, except for a few short tacks to get back in the
harbor, allowed Pisces
to sail more efficiently around the course.
Zephyr, owned and helmed by Harper Dean of East Machias, finished a
on corrected time. Arthur Hill of Jonesboro crewed for Dean.
skippered by owner Ron Beiswenger of East Machias with a two-man crew
aboard, also competed but withdrew and came in under power to escape
radical wind shifts
and approaching thunderstorms.
Bill Transue Jr. of Bucks Harbor served as Race Commodore, and his
Virginia Transue, as timekeeper. Laura and Rick Herzog of Jonesport
Race Committee boat, Aaron Thomas.
The ’Port & Starboard Yacht Club, named for the nearby towns of
and Starboard, has held its annual race since 1967. The regatta winner
the boat finishing first on corrected time, based on competitive
by the Race Committee before the start.
P&SYC is actively looking for new members who enjoy boating, either
under sail or power. For more information about joining, contact
Vice Commodore Dave Rier at 497-5739.