Sunday dawned with partly cloudy skies and a gentle northerly breeze wafting down Narragansett Bay for the Conanicut Round Island Race. The forecast was for the gradient winds to swing into the east/ southeast by late afternoon and only build into the 5 to 9 knots range. The course selected was “X,” a counter-clockwise race starting north through the Newport Bridge, leaving all marks to port. After the first four classes started at 1100 hrs, the Conanicut Yacht Club PRO wisely decided to postpone all following starts for over an hour. The northerly winds had died and the powerful ebb tide of 1.5 knots was pushing the first four classes backwards across the starting line. Soon, the forecasted southeaster seabreeze slowly filled in, and the rest of the fleet was sent off on their 21.0nm circumnavigation of Conanicut Island (Jamestown). Nearly 100 boats sailed the race. In the one-design PHRF C Class of J/22s, winning was Bill Fortenberry’s QUINN, followed by Jeff Westcott’s MACHBUSTER in second place, and Peter Parsons’ CATCH in third position. Rounding out the top five were Matt Dunbar’s DON’T TELL MOM and Victor Oancea’s WHARF RAT, in fourth and fifth, respectively. For more Conanicut YC Round Island Race information, visit

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