The 16th running of the Nantucket IOD Invitational was held June 24-26. This edition of the event included many past champions of this event two of which are multiple IOD World Champions and three teams that had little or no experience sailing the IOD. These three hailed from Royal Thames Yacht Club, UK, Gibson Island Yacht Club, MD, and Hyannis Yacht Club, MA.
The weather conditions for all three days were glorious but atypical for Nantucket at this time of the year as we were treated with mainly North Easterly winds which in large part negated any tactical advantage the Nantucket teams may have had as we typically sail in Strong South Westerlies.
The racing that ensued over the three days was the closest I have ever witnessed in the IOD class with positions changing constantly while all the time the fleet was tightly bunched. After the nine scheduled races were completed, four points separated the top five boats and as eventual winner, John Burnham from Fishers Island said, “We had more than a few good breaks that helped us to the top finish, and clearly there were several teams that deserved to take home top honors. Our thanks to those who didn't tack directly on our air as we approached the weather mark on more than one occasion. If we'd had to take a couple more tacks in a single race, we might well have been fifth”.
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