Ten sailboats participated in last Saturday’s 25th annual Pat West Gaff Rig and Schooner Race. The race from the outer Vineyard Haven harbor to Tarpaulin Cove and back began at 11 a.m. in light and variable winds. Zoli Clarke and Ryan Payne of Vineyard Haven sailed the Gannon and Benjamin Hazel 18 to victory.
Of the 10 boats, six were schooners. The Soros/DiBiaso team won the schooner class in their 65-foot Gannon and Benjamin schooner Juno.
The race is named after Francis (Pat) West Jr., an endearing Vineyard Haven sailor who died in 2002 at the age of 96. Mr. West loved gaff rig sailboats and did much to contribute to fun competitive sailing in Island waters.
A gathering was held at the Gannon and Benjamin boat shed afterward. The awards ceremony followed a 10th anniversary celebration of the schooner Juno.
“It was a great day,” said Nat Benjamin.