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

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association
The 2021 Season’s Schedule


Thursday evening racing will start at 5:00 PM (One Hour Earlier than previous years) 

VHYC Snack Bar is open for Thursday gatherings.

Racing will follow 2019's format.  See circular and schedule. 

High point scoring will again be used allowing higher scores if doing well in
races with many participants.  The best scores of only 60% of scored races will be used
to determine season's awards.  This method could allow an irregular competitor to do well.  Any and all sailors are encouraged to join us at all times.
As usual, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive awards at season's end and the Jewett award will go to best overall performance.

Committee Boat Service no longer required!
The VHYC will be providing all the necessary manpower for this. 
Voluntary contributions will be accepted to cover the expense.

Pusuit start will be the standard for Rendezvous racing.  Slowest boat to start at about 10 AM  Starting times will be emailed prior to date.

The Hugh Schwarz Cup will be awarded this year for best performance
in combined  Pre and Post Season racing if attendence allows. 

Pay dues and enter 2020 Moffett Race with one payment of $140!
Select:  Membership type = Boat owner including Moffett.

Racing for 2021 may again be as one division, one starting sequence.  Watch for announcements.

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

Refer to 2021 Circular for all instructions

24 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 on Sunday June 13th at 1:00 PM.  There will be three Rendezvous races and eight Sundays of round the buoy harbor or sound races.  In addition, Thursday evening racing will commence June 17th with a 5 PM start at nun 6.  Members are encouraged to practice social distancing.  We will gather outside at Rocco's Pizza or at the VHYC snack bar depending on Covic Restrictions after the Thursday 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, 115 Main St. Vineyard Haven, MA 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. 

  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 and seasons awards are awarded
at the annual meeting and pot luck dinner at the Stout's on Sept. 9th.

Moffett Race (9/11/2021)  
Requires a separate entry, unless using the new $140 joint entry method so watch for the Announcement in August.

Sail Martha’s Vineyard Vineyard Cup Racing weekend has been scheduled for Saturady and Sunday July 10 and 11.

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

Skippers looking for Crew:

Crew looking for a position:

   5/9/21:   Iyah Romm, 35yo, lifelong sailor, extensively raced small boats (lasers / 420s) and big boats (J105, J120 and Swan 36) including a few long offshore races. Comfortable with pretty much any role in a crew. Live local to VH and flexible at short notice for full season.   iyahromm@gmail.com  678-591-7759

    5/11/21:   Erin Hepfner.  I grew up sailing a Sunfish, but it's been a while. I've never raced. I am a quick study and can take directions well. I'm looking to meet new people and pick sailing back up. I am a year-round 37 y/o Island resident. 
Erin.Hepfner@Gmail.com    207-441-0221