The 21st annual Pat West gaff-rig and schooner race will take place tomorrow. The first gun is at 10:30 a.m. The start is right off Eastville Beach and East Chop. Sailors will race their craft to West Chop and then go to a buoy off Edgartown and then race back. The total length of the race course is about 15 miles.
The best views of the race can be from the shore, along East Chop drive, facing the Vineyard Haven outer harbor. As many as 20 boats will cross the start. Show up shortly before the start that is when the boats are practicing going back and forth in preparation to cross the start.
This year’s event is being run by Jim Lobdell, of Vineyard Haven, the captain of Malabar II, one of the Island’s signature schooners.
The race had been scheduled for last weekend. Mr. Lobdell said he is sharing the duties of running the race with Hugh Schwarz of Vineyard Haven, a past commodore of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.