In Texas, life is not small. That this is true in sailing is exemplified by Tom Sutton and his crew from Clear Lake Texas sailing the J/35 Leading Edge. Returning for his second Block Island Race Week (and already working on plans for 2017) his immediate answer as to why he comes from Texas to Block Island is “it is a great event, with great sailing, in a great place.” It doesn’t get any clearer than that.
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The Leading Edge crew is made up friends, neighbors and family, including his wife, Diana and stepson, Jakob. They’re sailing in the 14-boat PHRF 2 class on the Blue Circle. Taking the “go big or go home” theory one step further, they sailed in the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta in Newport in mid-June and will be leaving the boat in Marion, MA and coming back for the Buzzards Bay Regatta in August. In between, and in the winter, they sail a J/109 on Galveston Bay and a J/22 on Clear Lake in what they refer to as Frostbiting.
Chilly sailing was not on any one’s mind however on Monday with clear skies, mild seas with temperature and wind speed ideal for three races. Regardless of the positions at the finish, the Sutton’s family- & friends-based program has fun win, lose or draw.