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2014 Stone Horse Builder's Cup
08/09/2014, Padanaram, MA
ABLE wins the 2014 Stone Horse Builder's Cup, claiming 1st Place for the second time in three years.
Dave Kane of Newport and his crew, Paul Cardoza, Paul Tagliabue and Charles Kehres, sailed ABLE, Hull #101, to 1st Place in the 2014 Stone Horse Builder’s Cup race on Buzzards Bay, off Padanaram. ABLE survived fickled air, adverse current and a late challenge by PEGASUS, skippered by Jim Stewart of Marion, MA. The course was 7.5 nautical miles over a 4 legs. Light and shifting winds from start to finish bedeviled a fleet that would have much preferred Buzzards Bay’s more characteristic 15-20 knot Southwesterlies.
Participating boats, in order of Hull Number, were:
# & BOAT NAME - Skipper & Crew
#040 NORTH RIVER - Larry Gadd, Cia Elkin "dns"
#046 WINDFALL - Tom Kenney, Matt Allen, Eric Quarnstrom
#061 EQUULEUS - Bob Miller, Vince Mor, Dan Zussman, Dan Ledbetter
#074 DREADNAUGHT - Jim Polacci, Joel Polacci, Ken Fritz "dns"
#082 HAWKSBILL - Becca Hamilton, Rick Hamilton, Whitney Bodman
#101 ABLE - Dave Kane, Charles Kehres, Paul Tagliabue, Paul Cardoza
#105 PEGASUS - Jim Stewart, Maura Stewart, Bill McBrine
#114 BUTTERFLY - Vern Tisdale, Josh Orr, Ship Orr "dns"
EQUULEUS & HAWKSBILL were first over the line as the wind shifted to the South putting the fleet on a broad reach then a dead run for the first leg of the race.
ABLE, skippered by Dave Kane of Newport RI, worked her way into the lead, followed closely by South Dartmouth’s Tom Kenney aboard WINDFALL with his crew, Matt Allen of Holyoke MA and Eric Quarnstrom of Seattle WA. WINDFALL kept pace with ABLE over the first leg with EQUULEUS closing on WINDFALL, at one point drawing amidships, providing Tom Kenney and Dan Ledbetter the opportunity to meet for the first time. EQUULEUS skipper, Bob Miller of Barrington RI and his usual crew of Vince Mor and Dan Zussman were joined by late arrival Dan Ledbetter , who had driven up from Raleigh NC. Trailing on the first leg was two time Builder’s Cup champion, Jim Stewart, aboard PEGASUS with his crew, Maura Stewart and Bill McBrine, followed by HAWKSBILL with new owner, Becca Hamilton at the helm, and her crew, Rick Hamilton of Chappaquiddick and Whitney Bodman, a Stone Horse owner from of Austin TX.
On the second leg, ABLE began increasing her lead. EQUULEUS continued to dog WINDFALL and finally passing WINDFALL as they rounded the second mark. PEGASUS started to make up a lot of ground, rounding the 2nd mark just behind EQUULEUS.
Because of the shifting winds, the 3rd leg became a beat to weather. ABLE jumped to a seemingly commanding lead, in diminishing winds. Jim Stewart, a superb upwind sailor, maneuvered PEGASUS passed WINDFALL and EQUULEUS, and then engaged ABLE in a tacking duel over the last ½ mile of the leg. ABLE made a final move to weather and rounded the mark with a two boat length lead. EQUULEUS and HAWKSBILL gambled on fewer, longer tacks but the shifting wind left them well downwind of the mark, and laboring against an unfavorable current.
The final leg was a run dead down wind with ABLE increasing its lead over PEGASUS, and WINDFALL settling in, a distant third. EQUULEUS and HAWKSBILL rounded the mark in the lightest of airs and engaged in a slow “horse” race with the wind blowin’ 1-2 knots at best (after some back and fourth, EQUULEUS bested HAWKSBILL for light air/downwind bragging rights.)
Becca Hamilton performed well in her first Builder’s Cup; she purchased HAWKSBILL last October. Becca, a year round resident of Martha’s Vineyard and Captain of the Chappaquiddick Ferry, sailed HAWKSBILL over from Edgartown on the day before the race.
Participants and guests gathered at the New Bedford Yacht Club, around tables tastefully adorned with stylized Stone Horses fashioned from driftwood, for a post race clam boil, cocktails and long discussions with old & new friends. Winner, Dave Kane, and ABLE’s able crew were presented with a beautiful, fiberglass, half hull model of the Stone Horse made by Ed Pavao. A wooden half hull carved by Peter Duff, and presented to Ed on his 20th anniversary with Edey & Duff, was used as the plug for the mold.
The official 2014 Builder’s Cup caps were presented to Edey & Duff alumni, Ed Pavao and Joe Keogh. An official cap was also given to Dan Ledbetter who left Raleigh NC at 4:00 P.M. on Friday and arrived at the NBYC at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, just after the Stone Horses and crews had headed out to the starting line; fortunately, the NBYC launch managed to intercept EQUULEUS, and Dan was taken aboard as an unknown but trusted tactician. Dan is the very proud owner of OLE BETSY, Hull #004.
Bill McBrine, owner of Hull#1, did good work creating and producing the official 2014 cap. And once again, thank you, John Wujack of Northbridge CA and Seattle WA, for your very a generous donation to support the Builder’s Cup.
A special thanks to our Race Committee, Greg Child, Ken Snyder and Ed Pavao, for excellent on-water race management. Greg and Ken made the trip from Newport to Padanaram aboard Greg’s boat, TOBIAS, which served as a most appropriate Committee boat while also carrying Press and spectators.
Photos available on request for use in your publication, with attribution.