Sail racers find tough conditions

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Of the 29 boats that started this year’s Ida Lewis Distance Race in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, only 13 managed to finish within the 30-hour time limit because of light winds and strong currents.

Nevertheless, the popular overnighter, which started Friday afternoon, was a hit, taking the fleet on its two shortest courses: the 122-nautical mile Nomans course (for IRC, PHRF and PHRF Double-Handed classes) and the 103-nm Buzzards Tower course (for the PHRF Cruising Spinnaker class).

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Andrews 70, Shindig, took line honors.

"At the start, we had about 12 knots of breeze coming out of the bay,” said Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadet Tim Dexter, who helmed the boat, “and we were beginning to work on all the boats, but as soon as we got to Block Island it began to lighten up and current became more of a factor. Our crew stayed really positive. Everyone's head was in the race the entire time, and we pushed the boat as hard as we could."

For information on the annual race, visit www.ildistancerace.org.