The race was sailed for the first time in a stiff windy weather in 4 years as the winds from northeast nudged 20 knots as per the sailors. Aileen, who was skippered with the help of Brian Roberts, achieved a 41st edition of Moffett Cup on Saturday.
He was at his best with an estimated time, which took a fleet of around 32 sailors on a long stretch starting from East Chop till Edgartown and in the center of Nantucket Sound and finally back to the Vineyard Haven Harbour.
Aileen did sail the course with the given duration of 2 hours and 17 minutes, which is close to an hour fast compared to her closes rival. This was indeed enough to handle the stiff handicap for the remaining fleet by applying the time modifications precisely. Although, Aileen is relatively new as far as Vineyard Haven water competitions are concerned, but her crew thought the Moffett race to be the toughest one to face.
Mr. Roberts said that they were quite excited as it was the actual test. The initial 15 to 20 knot wind did continue for many hours. Despite of weather conditions, the performance shown by sailors was outstanding and the management was also amazed.
As per Risk Haslet, the performance of the boat was like a dream considering the stiff conditions. It was the first time they experienced rain in water and the conditions were just perfect. Haslet said it was the best boat he has ever sailed and it is a dream of every sailor. Mo Flam, the Commodore of Holmes Hole Sailing Association bagged 2nd place in the Moffett Race and the time difference between the winners was less than 3 minutes. Soma Holiday skippered by Frank Sutula achieved 3rd place.
Stephen Besse has been the winner in the previous Moffett Races and this time he was in 13th place as he sailed under a handicap which was applied for the winners of earlier years.