BoatingLocal’s Tom Richardson was on hand to witness the fun and festivities at the 7th Annual Archipelago Rally, held October 20 on the 100 Acre Cove in Barrington, Rhode Island. Started by a group of college sailing friends led by Chris Museler and Ezra Smith, the Rally is a casual sailing event that is becoming a late-fall tradition for more and more small-craft sailing enthusiasts.

Rally Rules: Anything with a sail and that floats can compete.

This year’s Rally drew a fleet of 40 boats, among them 420’s, Opti’s, a vintage Beetle Cat, sailing canoes, Lasers, windsurfers, Sunfish, Dyer Dhows, a Boston Whaler Squall (who knew Whaler once made sailboats?), a Zuma, a Sea Snark and a couple of home-built contraptions. Anything that floats and has a sail can compete in the event, which is a big part of the fun. Another draw is the laidback, family-friendly atmosphere. Indeed, this year saw more boats skippered by youngsters than ever before.

The weather started off foggy and damp, but the skies soon cleared and by race time the sun was shining and the air temperatures were in the 70s. Meanwhile, the light southerly breeze was ideal for propelling the boats across the protected Cove. Most finished the course within an hour and a half.

The Zieglers accept their first place award.

First place went to the Ziegler family—Cecily, Karl, Logan and Eli—who sailed a Vanguard 15. Second place was taken by perennial frontrunners Kevin and Pippa Downey, who once again sailed a Penguin.

Afterwards, participants enjoyed cold beverages (including beer donated by Revival Brewing Co.) and food, followed by the awards ceremony, where it seemed no one went home empty-handed (schwag was donated by Jamestown Distributors and MadAthlete).

To see what the fun is all about, check out the video!


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