Team Allora! Tops J/105 Fleet at J/Fest New England

New J/105 owners Alex and Alexandra Clegg and their team on Allora! won the J/Fest New England on August 12-13 in Newport, RI, hosted by Sail Newport. Thanks to Alex for the following report: After a multiple hour postponement in light winds on Saturday, the fleet was sent in with no racing completed. Sunday had a better forecast, and excitement was palpable to get some racing in. Fog was thick when we arrived at the boat, and the RC made the prudent decision to race up in the northern section of Narragansett Bay, in the vicinity of Halfway Rock. The sun burned the fog off, and we had 10-12 knots, flat water and an incoming tide for the first race, relatively perfect conditions for racing. The five-boat class of Allora!, Good Trade, Madcap 2.0, Pieces of Eight and Tonto got off a race close to on time and proceeded to have two more great races in a slightly weaker breeze. Allora!, Good Trade and Tonto mixed it up quite close at the front, rounding all the marks within a couple boat lengths of each other. Allora! won the first race and Good Trade the second race, and were tied on points at 3 each going into the final race with Tonto three points back from us, so it was down to the third and final race of the day in a fading 8 knot breeze. We jockeyed fairly hard for position at the pin to go left which had been slightly favored all day. Allora! managed to avoid getting hooked from a leeward Good Trade by inches, and still make the pin without being over early. The race was a very close one with Good Trade and Allora! in a tacking duel to an upwind finish, with Allora! squeezing it out. Great fun and an awesome finish to our first one-design regatta on Allora! Most of the credit is due to my crew, my wife Alexandra, Todd McGuire and Josh Parks with whom I have sailed years and countless miles, and Ben and Kelley Steinberg. Final results were Allora! in first, Good Trade second, Tonto third. Excited to get to our next one-design event, hopefully soon!

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