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Catani Wins ” ‘Round The Hog ” ….. Again


Carter Awards Mr. Hog To Skipper And Crew Of Bramisole

Carter Awards Mr. Hog To Skipper And Crew Of Bramisole

For the 2nd year in a row, Bob Catani racing his speedster Bramisole won the ‘Round The Hog race outside Bristol Harbor on September 13th. It was a beautiful afternoon, with a northeast  wind at about 8 with gusts to 15. We started on a broad reach, with Hall grabbing an early lead down to the first mark. But, as luck would have it (and a modicum of skill, I guess), Catani and then Jeff Bardell in Pau Hana moved to windward. And that was that. We had 6 boats (Bramisole, Pau Hana, LulaBelle, Asparas, Hope, and Vexatious). It was a blast.

And the best was yet to come. Skippers, crews, and families all met after racing at Lou, Karen, and Emelia’s home on State St in Bristol for a post race barbecue featuring Lou’s famous (what else) pulled pork BBQ. Mr. Hog got passed back to Bob. He promised to display him prominently on the fireplace mantle for the next year.

Sue Hall And Deb Rude

Sue Hall And Deb Rude

The MacKeiths

The MacKeiths

All in all, it was one spectacular day. Many thanks to the Marino’s for a very special effort.

Lou is pleased. Pulled pork is a hit!

Lou is pleased. Pulled pork is a hit!

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Cruising Southern New England Coast

Our sailing connections are myriad. Here is a note from Dejan about a crossing of paths that keeps us thinking we are family. By the way, The McCormacks’ jaunt that took them from Long Island to Cuttyhunk to 3rd Beach and back home highlights the cruising fun of our SS23′s.
McCormacks at 3rd Beach

McCormacks at 3rd Beach

From Dejan:

Bede McCormack contacted me as a result of our association web site.  So
this was a “virtual” connection for awhile.  He originally emailed me a
couple of years ago; inquiring about this area with a view towards
making a longer trip to Cuttyhunk.  He keeps the boat at Shelter Island,
NY.  We have corresponded via email for awhile and I made some
suggestions for good places to stop along the way, like Dutch Harbor and
3rd Beach Cove.  Bede did not end up making the trip last year, but
tried again (successfully) this year.  So Bede and another brother,
Aidan, sailed out bound 2 weeks ago, stopping at 3rd Beach and then
continuing to Cuttyhunk, on a 2 day run Thurs/Fri  July 17/18 to
Cuttyhunk.  They returned to 3rd Beach Cove on Sunday the 20th.
I connected them with our harbor master so they could rent a mooring to
leave the boat for 2 weeks.  I met the brothers that Sunday afternoon on
the beach.  We got their gear ashore, and then I followed Bede back out
to the boat in my dinghy, so we could leave his dinghy with the boat.
(there is no town sanctioned dinghy storage here for transient
boaters).  I dropped the brothers at the bus station in Newport so they
could make their way back to NY.  I kept an eye on the boat the last 2
weeks but we really haven’t had any weather to be concerned with. Then
yesterday I picked up Bede and his other brother Colm at the local Avis
agency, and then dinghy’ed them out to the boat for the return trip this
Their tentative plan was to push ahead to
Newport or Jamestown and get a slight jump on the weather and position
themselves for the jump over to Orient Point on Long Island and then
onwards to Shelter Island.  They made an overnight run from 3rd
Beach to Three Mile Harbor, Long Island.  They left 3rd Beach around 
7:30pm and motored most of the way.  RI and BI sounds were like a mill 
pond overnight.  An Easterly kicked up as they entered Gardiner’s Bay, 
so they sailed the last hour or so and arrived safely around 7am, ahead 
of the rain/storm front that deluged us all day on Saturday.
What a trip!!!
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Norm Grant SS23 Photos

Norm Grant is a Rhode Island based photographer who among other subjects has taken some gorgeous pictures of sailboat racing on Narragansett Bay. He has been a photographer for 30 years, currently producing video for the Community College of Rhode Island and shooting freelance photo and video assignments. He welcomes inquiries for event photography, documentaries, or corporate videos, and can be reached through his website at http:////normangrant.zenfolio.com


He has kindly lent our website numerous photos of Sea Sprite 23′s sailing in local races in the upper Narragansett Bay. The images below are from Bristol YC races in 2010 and 2013 as well as from the Mount Hope Sailing Association races in 2013 and the Herreshoff Regatta from 2010. You will also see a few of them cropped and used as web site headers. If you use any of these pictures from our site, please give him appropriate credit. If you would like prints, they can be ordered from his website.


By the way, if you would like to while away some time in the cold (or even warm) weather season, go to his website and scroll through his galleries. He has some spectacular shoots of PHRF yachts and big boat Herreshoff classics racing in the Upper Narraganset Bay.


SEA SPRITE RACING PICTURES FROM NORM GRANT. Single click on photo for full size screen.



Bob Rude and crew racing in MOHOSA 2013

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2014 ‘Round The Hog Lives Again..Saturday, September 13th




And inviting you to participate in the ‘Round Hog Island race rescheduled for Saturday, September 13th, 2014. It is a great event, does not count for anything other than bragging rights, and is a whole mess of fun. And it is FREE!!

But most important, Lou, Karen, and Emilia Marino have offered to host a repeat of last year’s post-race pork (what else!) barbecue at their house in downtown Bristol for skippers, their significant others, and crew. This is an event not to be missed. The food is fantastic, and the summer-in-review camaraderie will provide great memories to get one through the winter. The cookout will start in the late afternoon following the race. Details will be sent out to participants early in the week before the race.

Please email me by Monday, September 8th  (that’s 2 weeks from today), at seaspriteassociation@yahoo.com if you plan to race, and, if you wish to attend the post-race party, how many will be coming.

See the attached Sailing Instructions for further information.

Hope you can make it.          Carter