2012 Archipelago Rally Enjoys Great Weather, Sailing

The Ziegler family captures first place aboard their Vanguard 15. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

New England Boating was on-hand to witness the 2012 Archipelago Rally, held this year on the Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington, Rhode Island, on Saturday, October 20.

The Zieglers accept their award.

This year saw some 40 boats participating in the annual fall sailing event—a Rally record—and once again the conditions were ideal. The damp, foggy morning gave way to sunshine and 70-degree air temps just before the race start, while a light southwest breeze provided just enough air for the eclectic fleet of small boats to complete the course in just over an hour.

In keeping with Rally tradition, this year saw a host of different vessels ranging from homebuilt sailing canoes to vintage Beetle Cats and everything in between. Also of note was the large number of kids, many of whom sailed their own small craft, participating in the race.

The overall winners this year were the Ziegler family—Cecily, Karl, Logan and Eli— who sailed their Vanguard 15 into first place in the Le Mans-style race. Second place went to Kevin and Pippa Downey, who sailed a Penguin.

Abby Tuthill receives the Pine Needle award from race organizer Chris Museler.

The coveted Pine Needle Award—given to the team with the boat most likely to have been found languishing in a garage, shed or beneath a porch—went to Abby and Annie Tuthill, who sailed a vintage foam-hulled Snark in the event.

Capturing the Innovation Award for his boat—a modified canoe that washed up near his house—was Ezra Smith, while the Lonely Loon Award went to Yarrow Thorne, whose inflatable Avon dinghy rigged with a sail wasn’t exactly the swiftest vessel in the fleet.

New England Boating will have a feature video and more information on the 2012 Rally coming soon, but in the meantime here are some photos from the event.

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