June 24, 2005
From today's Scuttlebutt:
In a tight battle down to the finish of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, the USNA's Mameluke, a N/M 49 footer skippered by Tom Bock, snatched line honors from Sam Vineyard in Hawke, a more cruise oriented J/46. Vineyard was leading much of the way James Mulderig's Farr 72 Starr Trail withdrew from the race with light air sail problems. However, Hawke ran into a six-hour "hole" of light to no winds on Monday. This allowed Mameluke, sailing in from a more westerly course, to converge on Bermuda with a better angle and snatch the lead just at the reef marks north of the island. On corrected time Hawke took 13th place in the fleet and first place in Class A. Mameluke, in the celestial navigation group, ranked 40th in fleet and 7th in Class C. - Marion Bermuda Race
Hawke carries some MSP sails, including her mainsail. Congratulations to Sam and crew.
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