Hal Madison race results
One of Block Island’s longest running sporting events in the modern era is the 30th annual Hal Madison Yacht Race, which was held last Saturday on Block Island Sound in near perfect sailing conditions. This event was started in 1983 by Jamie Spallone and Tim Larken, then sailing instructors at the Block Island Club. Each year’s winners of the Hal Madison Yacht Race get their names engraved on the Hal Madison Trophy, which resides at the Block Island Club.
The course this year was a windward/reaching/windward triangle, eight miles in length, with the start/finish line set just west of the New Harbor entrance channel. Race conditions were nearly perfect with 10 to 15 knot westerly winds, and a light southwesterly sea swell.
The Race Committee consisted of Liv Gunnarsson, the Block Island Club head sailing instructor, and Bill Penn, a long time Block Island sail racing supporter.
The racing yachts were grouped into three classes: spinnaker, non-spinnaker, and sailing dingy class.
The spinnaker class was won by Henry duPont on his bright red Soling, “Oh Behave!”
The non-spinnaker class was won by Red Closter in his J-24 “Island Spirit,” followed by Ed McGovern in his Ensign, “Claire,” and Sonny Kern in his Alerion Express, “Simplicity.”
The sailing dingy class was won by Mark Masiello, who sailed a Vanguard 15 around the open water course, which is no small feat in itself.
Overall winner on corrected time was Henry duPont on “Oh Behave,” followed by Red Closter on “Island Spirit,” followed by Ed McGovern on “Clair.” Only 46 seconds separated the first two boats.
The Block Island Club hosted a well attended awards party after the race.
Special thanks to Liv Gunnarsson and Bill Penn, who served as the Race Committee, and Henry duPont who organized and provided the overall race management for this event.