Holmes Hole Sailing Association
Performance Handicap sailboat racing in the Vineyard Sound since 1976!

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association
The 2018 Season’s Schedule


Dues increase, first since 2006!
Regular Membership now $100

New courses!  Watch for 2018 circular on May 1st.

Pusuit start, trial run for Tarp, July 8th.  Starting times will be emailed prior to date.

The Dan Culkin Cup will be awarded this year for best attendence of season's races.  The award will be shared in the event of a tie.  

Pay dues and enter 2018 Moffett Race with one payment of $140!
Select:  Membership type = Boat owner including Moffett.

Thursday Evening and Sunday races all count towards Season's awards.
Check your Division assignments.  There will be two starting sequences,
one for Division B, then, 10 Minutes later, one for Division A.

Watch for starting line to north of Nun 6 in Southernly Winds in order
to facilitate a Windward Start.

Refer to 2018 Circular for all instructions

25 Races only $100.00!
You can now pay your dues with Pay Pal or Credit Card by going to
Update your address, email, phone and boat information also. 

    Racing begins with the annual Tune-Up race Across the Sound, Sunday June 17TH at 1:00 PM.  There will be three Rendezvous races, three across the sound races and four Sundays of round the buoy harbor races.  In addition, Thursday evening racing will commence June 21st with a 6 PM start at nun 6.  Members are invited to meet for results and the snack bar will be open  on the VHYC deck after the evening races.

With this variety of racing, every sailor should find something to enjoy!

    Use the regattanetwork.com address above to pay your dues of $100 or send a check to the Treasurer, Wendell Colson, Box 2263, Oak Bluffs, 02557.  (508 878 9061)  New members please submit an entry form so we can “fit” a handicap.  Any monohull boat within reach is welcome for the entire season or just a race or two.  Ratings are updated after several races based on performance relative to the group.

Winners are often decided by seconds after racing for an hour and a half!

    The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing apply but remember this is Handicap racing for fun and we hope people self-administer the rules and do the two circles when necessary.  Keep in mind the differences in the maneuverability of the various classes of boats and note the Life Jacket requirement for all racers. 

On harbor race Sundays, the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club welcomes Holmes Holers to raft up and take
the noon break at the lunch counter as desired.  Harbor and Sound race results are announced about
5 PM or one hour after the committee boat has docked, which ever is earlier, at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.  Stop by to commiserate with friends.

Please help each other improve their sailing skills by joining in the after race discussion of tactics, strategies and the Racing Rules of Sailing.
Cups are awarded for first place for each race in two classes and seasons awards are awarded
at the annual meeting and pot luck dinner at the Stout's on Sept. 5th.

Moffett Race (9/8/2018)  
Requires a separate entry, unless using the new $140 joint entry method so watch for the Announcement in August.

Holmes Holers are invited to sail on  July 12-15th in the
Sail Martha’s Vineyard Vineyard Cup Racing weekend!
Consult www.Sailmv.com for schedule and instructions.
Brock Callen can help you get a PHRF certificate.

Holmes Holers are encouraged to participate in the Edgartown Yacht Club’s “Round the Island Race”
PHRF-NE Rating certificate required. 
Go to www.rtirace.org and www.phrfne.org for entry information

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2018 HHSA Committee Boat Assignments
6/24 Harbor 10:00-Phil Hale 2:00-Stuart Halpert
7/1 Sound 1:00-Steve Besse
7/8 Tarp 10:00-Bow Van Riper
7/22 Robinson’s 10:00-Felder/Meleny
7/29 Harbor 10:00-Woody Bowman 2:00-Alan Wilson
8/5 Sound 1:00-Tom & Laurie Welch
8/12 Chappy 10:00-Mo Flam
8/19 Harbor 10:00-Jerry Goodale 2:00-Roger Becker
8/26 Sound 1:00-Tom Wescott
9/2 Harbor 10:00-John & Lisa Stout 2:00-Beck Colson
1. Irving Gates
2. Bruce Stewart
3. Tim Gollin
4. Frank Sutula
5. Kathy Logue
6. Mead Wyman
Note: You must serve on the committee boat during a race if
you want to be eligible for an award. These assignments were
chosen at random, based on your participation last year. Please
let me know if you have a conflict: moflam@gmail.com

Scoring notes:
1. Tune-up race is not included in season's scoring.
2. 24 races are included, 40% of completed races can be discarded.
3. Half Season awards will be given for first place for June-July races, and Aug-Sept races.
4. All races will be scored by division.
Division A for performance and large boats, Division B for day sailors and cruising boats.
Talk with race officer Becker if you have questions concerning division assignments.
5. Score for "did not compete" will be equal to total number of different boats in each division
that attended throughout the season.
6. Score for "did not finish" is equal to the number of boats competing in that race and division
plus one.
7. Any contender for season's awards, must serve once on the committee boat on a Sunday.
Regular racers will be scheduled for service but new contenders should make sure they are included.
8. Handicap numbers for boats which have competed in fewer than 10 races in the last 3 three years
or which have been significantly altered from previous years could be changed during the season.
This page was last updated: November 2, 2018

The following is the list of people who are interested in joining the HHSA fun and want to help crew on your boat. 

7-3-18:  My name is Henry Mason. I have a C&C 29 that I have sailed and raced for 38 years.

We used to sail up here from Westport CT and have been renting for 2-3 weeks for years on MV.  He are now here for 4 months till the end of September and would like to crew for you.

We will be off island from 7/13 to 7/23

RJ Connelly writes on 6-30-18:  I am an elder law attorney, work in Providence and live in Mystic; spent summers on island all my life; my wife and kids are down until Labor Day and I am back and forth, mostly here during summer, and weekends in fall; I am member of ECYC ( my son teaches sailing there) and was assistant Harbormaster in Edgartown a long time ago; I have my USCG 100 ton master captain lisc. and am CPR and first aid certified; I have some offshore racing experience and crewed on 12US26 Courageous. I have sailed EYC, vineyard cup NYYC and other regattas; I have sailed weekly races at East Greenwich YC, shennacosset YC, West Bay YC, et al. I am very competent in most areas of sailing and racing but no rock star. I am excited to get into racing again.

RJ Connelly III  RJC3esq@Gmail.com

My name is Christina Colarusso and I am available for any position, former EYC adult sailing instructor, have mostly experience on a J105, completed most recently in Vineyard Race, Round the Island many times, Vineyard Cup x5 Edgartown Regatta etc on Shields and Rhodes 19’s.

2012 Mass Maritime Academy Alumni and marine engineer.

Thanks! Have a nice night!

Christina Colarusso

Jill White writes:  Hi, I'm interested in crewing. I have never raced before and my interest in crewing is to move towards mastering skills.  I'll tell you about my sailing experiences, now I live in VH, I am 58.        508-265-6734     vtmvjill@gmail.com     Jillwhite@discoverymap.com

Susan Waldrop :  973-879-9813 and swaldrop@me.com
    May be available for Thursdays and Sunday afternoon races when not on Avanti.

                   If you would like to be posted as available crew, simply send info to                                                                                  email@Holmeshole.org. 

Skippers looking for Crew:


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