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Onward to Nantucket

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I have only ever visited Nantucket once before.  There was a women's regatta hosted on the island back in high school, so of few of us girls took the ferry over to Nantucket for a weekend.  It was rainy, cloudy, stormy, and the event was washed out.  I don't remember much else besides spending the weekend playing Red Rover in a rainy field, so this trip was like rediscovering Nantucket all over again!
We were warmly welcomed in Nantucket harbor after a rough motor-sail from Vineyard Haven.  The number of megayachts and hotel sized power boats was staggering, but something about this little harbor still felt familiar, like any summer in Newport harbor packed with boats from the rich and famous.
We spent our first afternoon ashore after some rain had passed, winding our way through throngs of well-to-do shoppers towards the quiet and picturesque side streets.  Beyond the cobblestone streets of downtown Nantucket, it felt like just another beautiful seaside community with histor…

A Cruise to Vineyard Haven

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The Wickford Yacht Club's annual cruise has a couple spots it hits every year or so.  Cuttyhunk is a traditional stop, but usually somewhere in Buzzard's Bay or perhaps Block Island are regular ports of call given their proximity to Narragansett Bay.  But every now and again we venture further, such as Provincetown last year and Mystic a year or so before that.  This August the cruise made it all the way to Nantucket, 30 miles offshore of Massachusetts, for the first time in about 30 years.
But before we reached the historic whaling port, we made a stop in Cuttyhunk as always, then onto Vineyard Haven where we had stopped a few years previously, and then only a third of the cruise ventured further to Nantucket.
Cuttyhunk is such a cute little island.  I liken it to a less populated and less visited Block Island given it's remote character and relaxed island lifestyle.  I explored the beaches and photographed a beautiful blue horizon on our last evening in harbor.  Then it…

Opti New Englands 2016

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A week before Race Week, Newport was host to the Opti New England Championship Regatta for the second time in the past three years.  There were almost 100 more boats than the last time this event visited Narragansett Bay in 2014, and with about 100 boats to a total of 4 starts, it was attack of the optis all over again!

Sailors come from throughout the region to compete, but others travel from beyond the borders of New England to sail in the event.  Some sailors came from Chicago, Florida and even Ontario just to sail on Narragansett Bay and for a chance to advance to Opti Nationals.

Day one of racing was a true representation of this summer's remarkable sunny weather and gentle summer winds.  With just a few rainstorms and those couple days of tropical level humidity, it's been a summer unlike any I can remember!  (The downside of course being the long drought that's plagued most of Rhode Island and Massachusetts)  Day one of Opti New England's was no different, and w…

Ida Lewis Distance Race

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This year I was asked to photograph the start for the Ida Lewis Distance Race, and I happily accepted the offer to contribute to this terrific annual regatta!  This long standing distance race was hosting it's 12th iteration this summer, and sent sailors of various PHRF classes off in all directions around Buzzards Bay Tower, Block Island, Sakonnet, Point Judith and back again.  2016 hosted 34 boats on the start including double handed, classics, and new collegiate and youth challenges.
The start was held on a Sunday afternoon to beautiful conditions.  The breeze was perhaps a little light, but it was a gorgeous day as the boats sailed south past Fort Adams and Castle Hill before heading out to sea.
Read all about this year's racing in the event release and see all the shots at www.catebrownphoto.com


Race Week - Day Two

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Day Two of NBYA Junior Race Week.  I joined the 420 circle this time, and while the clouds and rain were gone, the breeze remained and even stronger than the day before.

There was a stiff westerly breeze of about 15-20 knots in the morning, holding into the afternoon.  While these breezes tend to die and make room for the southerly sea breeze, that wasn't the case on this day, and soon the gusts were above 20 knots.

Needless to say there were capsizes galore!  Wind, swell, and chop, it was truly a junior sailing spectacle.  The sun was bright and comfortable, like any perfect summer day, and if it wasn't for the frequent hoots and hollers from kids whizzing by you'd almost forget you were in the middle of an adrenaline pumping sailing event.

Race Committee must always weigh the benefits and risks for heavy air sailing, but you'll never get any better in breezy conditions like these if you don't give yourself the opportunity to try.  There were plenty of support boa…