August 1, 2016 Kristan McClintock

“Friend” Wins ‘Round the Island Race

Just A Friend C&C 30

Just A Friend racing off Martha’s Vineyard. Bill Brine/Edgartown YC photo

The C&C 30 One Design Just A Friend won the Edgartown ‘Round the Island Race, sailing the 52.25 nautical miles around Martha’s Vineyard in light breeze. Not only did they win their 14-boat PHRF class, Just A Friend also won overall against 45 PHRF and IRC boats, which included three TP52s.

“It was one of those days when everything went right,” says owner Clay Deutsch. “There was a max tide push for us, we hit the big shifts, and there was a ton of spinnaker reaching, which the boat loves.”

Just A Friend was awarded the Venona Trophy, which is presented to the yacht in the spinnaker divisions with the best overall corrected time. The trophy was given in 1938 by Commodore E. Jared Bliss and named after his ocean racing yacht which won the Bermuda Race in 1908.

Results of the Round the Island Race can be found here.

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