PORTLAND, Maine — Bangor resident Steve Ribble raced his Catalina 38 “Tittravate” to a first-place finish in the Sequin Island Class during the 78th annual Portland Yacht Club Monhegan Moonlight Race over the weekend.
The race featured 35 sailboats in six divisions.
The Sequin Island division racers started in Hussey Sound and headed south under hot sunny skies and seven-plus knots of breeze to the first mark east off Cape Neddick.
The racers then tacked and headed to the next mark south of Sequin Island then back to the finish near the entrance to Hussey Sound in Portland. The racers were treated to a full Sturgeon moon that appeared red through the hot sultry evening night, shooting stars, challenging winds and fun competitive sailing.
Ribble is the owner of Context by Design Landscape Architecture and his crew included first mate Becky Marsh, his daughter Katie Ribble and friend Marc Lorraine, who is the Camden Yacht Club Rear commodore and owner of Lorraine Construction.
“The race was great fun and we had an exhilarating ride to the first mark then the light air in the middle of the night made the race seem longer than 71 [nautical miles],” Ribble said.
He added that his strategy for dealing with the light air was “we never gave up and we were constantly ‘tittravating’ aboard” boat Tittravate.
Ribble explained that tittravate means continual adjustment for improvement so even in the lightest winds “we were constantly tweaking the sails, adjusting for crew weight placement, and working to get the boat to go as fast as possible”
Other race winners included: Doyle Marchant, Revolution XII (Monhegan Island Race Div. 1); Wolfgang Bauchinger, Intangible (Monhegan Island Race Div. 2); Richard Stevenson, Buzz (Monhegan Island Double Handed Class); Jim Palmer, Morning Star (Manana Island Class); Casey Mulligan, Supply and Demand (Multihull Class).