Banzai in 'A' class by itself in SACC race

Chinook wins class B title, and Jubilant class C in the annual 125-mile Cape sailing event.
(Cape Cod Times 8/16/98)

Perenial wooden boat favorite COOL RUNNINGS did not make the start of this years eighth running of the around the Cape race. 17 boats competed in this event with a new twist. Sail from the Maritime Academy in one leg and cut 15 miles out of the race.
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    The Sails Around Cape Cod fleet had some ideal sailing weather for this weekend's race, and Banzai, Chinook, and Jubilent took full advantage of it. They captured the first-place trophies in the A, B, and C divisions, respectively, and did it with some quick times in the counterclockwise trip around Cape Cod that started Friday morning and finished early yesterday morning.

    The starting line this year was in Buzzards Bay, just off Mattapoiset, and the 17-boat fleet got under way a half hour late at 10:30 Friday morning. The 125-mile course would take them through Quick's Hole into Vineyard and Nantucket Sound, around the point at Monomoy, and north on the Atlantic Ocean to Race Point before crossing Cape Cod Bay to finish at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal. Banzai and her skipper, Jim Carney from Harwich Port, was the first boat to cross the Sandwich finish line at about 5 a.m., in an elapsed time of 19 hours, 26 minutes, and 47 seconds. Crazy Horse and skipper Chuck Fontaine would come in about 26 minutes later, the second boat to finish at about 5:30 yesterday morning, but she would fall into fourth place in the A division due to the handicap corrected finish time.

    It was a back-and-forth battle for the two boats all through the day on Friday and throughout the night. Banzai led Crazy Horse through Quicks Hole from Buzzards Bay to Vineyard Sound, but it was a hard advantage to maintain sailing across Nantucket Sound. Crazy Horse had retaken the lead after reaching Pollock Rip, then lost it to Carney again as they battled on Cape Cod Bay heading for the finish.

    Through the night the winds were reported as steady and out of the south southwest at about 10 to 20 miles per hour. This race, which for the first seven years was started and finished out of Harwich Port and included the drag of motoring through the Canal, was destined to get most of the boats around the race course in about 25 hours. In the B division, Neil Tomkinson from Brewster, sailing his Scampi 30, Chinook, was recorded as in front of his division at Quicks Hole, Pollock Rip, Race Point, and of course at the Canal finish line.

    The Tomkinson Family had three generations in this event. Dale Harper, a plebe at the Mass. Maritime Academy, is a bowman aboard Crazy Horse; his uncle Neil Tomkinson is the skipper on Chinook; and Dale's grandfather is Bill Tomkinson, the navigator on Hard Wave. The Class C winner was Jubilant a Cal 39 and her skipper, Jeff Goldstein sailing out of Hyannis. Jubilant had a continuing battle Kent Richardson in Dark Star a Frers 45 at least in terms of corrected time. Goldstein ended up first, beating Dark Star by just over 7 minutes after 125 miles of racing.

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    The order of finish in the A division this weekend was Banzai and skipper Carney, Keewaydin and skipper Jack May from Duxbury, and Endeavour and skipper Bob Norton from Milford. The B division was led by Chinook and skipper Tomkinson, Spice II and skipper Bob Burke, and then Unicorn and David Maclay. In C it was Jubilant, Dark Star and MMA's No Quarter, and then Primrose and Donald Liptack from Cummaquid followed by perenial entry B.G.Sykes in Saphire.

    This year the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored Sails Around Cape Cod for the first seven years, joined forces with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to stage the event out of the Academy's campus in Buzzards Bay.