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Gemini Wins Around Long Island Race (ALIR)
James Coffman and Team Gemini's trophy collection from 7/27 - 29 ALIR included Div 4 1st Place, Overall PHRF Spinnaker Fleet Winner, Bohemia Award for Best Performance of 1st Time Competitor, and Jack Tar Crew Trophy.

Team Gemini pulled off another impressive win, this time in the 41st Around Long Island Race, 7/27 - 29!  As summarized by CPYC skipper/owner James Coffman, “We had an epic start, beating our way out of NY Harbor dodging the ferries and container ships, got stuck in the doldrums off the southern coast of Long Island near the Hamptons, rounded Montauk Point in the fog, had to anchor in 2 knots of adverse current and no wind off Orient Point while watching 5 boats drift past us, then had the spinnaker ride of our lives as the winds built to over 20 knots from the NE overnight with the boat hitting a record 13.5 knots surfing down a wave, with one last dramatic jibe to perfectly lay the finish in Hempstead Harbor after 1 day, 16 hours, 13 mins and 29 secs of racing.  Through great teamwork and constant focus, we managed to win Division 4, win overall PHRF Spinnaker fleet, receive the Bohemia award for best performance of a 1st time competitor, and receive the Jack Tar Crew trophy for the bowman of the winning boat (John Cavoores).  This skipper couldn't be more proud of the whole crew - Trevor Uhl (Watch Captain), Brian Higgins (Navigator), Colby Jennings (Foredeck), Gavin Pommernelle (Foredeck and Trimmer), Ray Martin (Trimmer), John P Cavoores Jr (Bowman extraordinaire), and Kyle Riviezzo (Foredeck and Trimmer).  Looking forward to next year and the upcoming Vineyard Race!”

As noted on the ALIR web-site, http://www.alir.org/, "the Around Long Island Regatta, first run in 1977, covers a 205 nautical mile course combining Ocean, Harbor and Sound racing...With an exciting new start location in New York Harbor...the challenging harbor start sets the boats up heading for the Verrazano Narrows, and out into the Atlantic. The Ocean leg runs along Long Island's South shore, Long Beach, Jones Beach, Fire Island, the Hamptons and on to Montauk Point. Keeping Long Island to their lefts, some boats choose the shortest distance, due east, hugging the shore, while others opt for deeper water in search of better wind. After rounding Montauk Light, sailors must judge wind, tides, and current as they head northwest to Plum Gut, or The Race, where they hopefully have a favorable current flush them into the Long Island Sound, were things really get interesting. The final leg is all about reading wind shifts, and working the currents to your advantage, along the North Shore of Long Island or the Southern shore of Connecticut. The race ends in beautiful Hempstead Harbor at the end of the Glen Cove breakwater. The weekend concludes with the ALIR Awards Ceremony and Beach Party, hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club on Sunday afternoon."

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