Impromptu Swan 44 Racing

I should clarify it was really more a benchmarking of speed than a race. We were lucky enough to bring two Swan44's out after lunch in Oyster Bay for a speed check, setting the stage for some future racing on the sound! Significant differences in these two vessels should be pointed out. Helios being a Sparkman & Stephens design, 1973 build, with modified fin keel. Gryphon the challenger in Cold Harbor NY waters, a German Frers design, 1998 build, with a fin and bulb keel.

Conditions were sweet: 15-17 kts from the SW, light seas, sunny skies.

The first meeting was on a reaching leg and Helios had the speed advantage with impeccable trim and diligent helmsmanship. We hit the planned mark, tacked, and trimmed for a windward leg which gave the advantage to Gryphon. This was a fun leg and although not truly upwind, made for an exciting time with the rails down and adrenaline up! Gryphon held the lead going up to the turn and proved her worth once back to the reaching leg. Still, there remains much to prove for both yachts, more trials are in order!



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