Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 4, 2014
Westwind takes blustery Labor Day race; Caroline B wins Austin Cup
The last Castine Class race of the 2014 season took place Saturday, August 30. With winds gusting over 20 knots at the Yacht Club, the Race Committee decided to go forward with a race in Smith Cove, with mandatory reefing and no spinnakers, according to a news release.
There were eight boats on the dock, but three shorthanded crews decided not to compete. Five boats made it across the Bagaduce to somewhat sheltered Smith Cove waters where the Race Committee set up a triangular course (sailed twice around).
It turned out to be one of the most competitive and fastest races of the season, with Westwind, skippered by Brooke Parish, edging out Graham, sailed by the all-lady crew of Anne Whidden, Debbie Rogers and Gayle Lewis, by four seconds. Third was the Betty P, one of the three original Castine Class boats launched in 1951, sailed single-handed by Tim Robinson. Southern Star, sailed by Emerson Bruns, held a healthy lead during most of the latter part of the race, but moved to fourth place at the finish when it headed for the wrong side of the finish mark and had to tack back to get across the finish line. The Caroline B, sailed by Ruthie Eaton, whose great-grandfather, Mace Eaton, designed and built 19 Castine Class boats from 1951 to 1966, assisted by her grandfather Alonzo Eaton, finished fifth.
In the 2014 Austin Cup competition, presented to the boat which performed best in the eight-race series while finishing at least five races, the Caroline B prevailed by a narrow margin over the Graham and the Guillemot.