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the per­fect amount of heel, Floun­der cuts across the top of the wa­ter with ease and grace. Miller says there’s noth­ing like rac­ing the SIOD: “It feels to­tally op­po­site of any high-per­for­mance boat you’ll sail. They go slow, but it makes the rac­ing very tac­ti­cal. I en­joy that tremen­dously.” With a wide stern and small bow, his crew can be seen heel­ing the boat over with weight for­ward and low.

He takes Sea Is­land rac­ing as se­ri­ously as any other boat he’s ever been on, and while he en­joys the oc­ca­sional bev­er­age on board Floun­der, he never loses fo­cus on his chief ri­vals on Stan Laroche’s Marcheta. Hof­ford says of his ri­val, “Stan has been sail­ing Marcheta for al­most 50 years; I as­sume he’s the most ex­pe­ri­enced. He’s the one to beat; we are al­ways chas­ing Stan.”

Laroche has been around for most of the fleet’s his­tory. The orig­i­nal three boats —

and Cygnet — cel­e­brated 70 years of rac­ing at this year’s Rockville re­gatta. He bought Marcheta for $25 off the yacht club. At the time he was the only mem­ber who hadn’t lost in­ter­est in rac­ing it, but he man­aged to get his money back when the sail­ing com­mit­tee took pity on him and handed him back $100 to fix up the ne­glected boat. Marcheta is now Laroche’s pride and joy and a sta­ple at low- coun­try races. His bushy­white han­dle­bar mus­tache is hard to miss, and no one can re­mem­ber a Rockville Re­gatta

Un­dine, Marcheta

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