6th Annual Penbay rACE
17 jULY 2010

Posted 7/25/2010

The 6th Annual Penbay (Penobscot Bay/Midcoast Maine)Race & Rendezvous was held July 17th & Jon & Helen Kuhl's 1968 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (hull #33) "Kemo Sabe" took top honors in both races. 


This joint event with participants from three Midcoast Maine yacht clubs (Rockland, Rockport & Camden) features two races of approximately 7nm each.  The weather was Maine perfect, clear blue skies with 10-15kts out of the S & SE.  All three clubs participated with 17 boats competing.  As races go this one was much more simple than most.  The morning race over to Pulpit Harbor required a jibe or two to get around Robison Rocks and the afternoon race from Pulpit Harbor back was a start to wind and then a easy "gun'nls awash" broad reach back.

 "gun'nls awash"!


Kemo Sabe (with corrected time of course) won both races for us and for our club (Rockland Yacht Club).  Her average speed in the first race was approximately 6-6.5kts, and on the return a solid 7.0 to 7.7kts "hull down" all the way.  Joining the captain & first mate Jon & Helen Kuhl were crew Doris Smart & George Sayre.   Kemo Sabe has an original sized fully battened mainsail with Dutchman Reefing & a 155% Genoa.  The prop is a three bladed fixed 14" "Campbell Sailor Prop".  The return race fit this Alberg 37's design quite nicely, with 10-15kts wind on the beam, and proper sail trim we were able to keep the rudder amidships most of the time.

A-37 Being Sailed As She Should Be!


 The wins were especially sweet as we were the envy of all the club members at that evenings cocktail/dinner awards ceremony hosted in beautiful Camden Harbor at the Camden Yacht Club.  This race like most has it's share of "grudge", there are scores to settle, and reputations to maintain.  The competing boats we faced for example were Sabre 34, Sabre 36, Sabre 38, Elan 43, J-35, J24, C&C 37 & prettiest boat of all the Hinckley B-40.  The latter has a PHRF similar to our Alberg, so beating her across the line was "sweet".

KEMO SABE Passing A B-40!

 All in all it was a day to remember and will warm our hearts through many Maine Winters.

Looks Like A "J" Boat Being Passed!

Neck and Neck

 Kemo Sabe means "trusty scout" according some sources.  What better way to honor a little boy's hero than with a couple of prominent wins with a big boy's toy. 

Jon & Helen Kuhl
Camden, Maine

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