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What They Were Thinking

Sailing in heavy fog

Sailboats emerged from the fog at the end of the Figawi race from Hyannis to Nantucket. The 38 foot Indian Summer is the second from left, but first in its class.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Sailboats emerged from the fog at the end of the Figawi race from Hyannis to Nantucket. The 38 foot Indian Summer is the second from left, but first in its class.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Cate Miller and Mark Carey aboard Indian Summer, the 38-foot boat that is second from left in the above photo.

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Said Miller: “An hour and a half before we finished the race, one person yelled ‘Land Ho’ and we were seeing Nantucket and then 10 minutes later the island was gone. And then for the next 45 minutes we were like ‘I think its there, we’re moving forward ‘ but you lost total sight of where you were going until we finished the race and then you start to see the glimmer of the island.”

Said Carey: “We had just finished the race. We were first in class. We couldn’t believe it. We were using binoculars to read the numbers of all the boats around us to try to find other boats in our class and we couldn’t find any. So we weren’t sure if we were in first or we were in last place. We just didn’t know because it’s a pursuit race. The fog wasn’t too bad, it was more the rains. Everyone was cold and wet. The winds started coming down and we were only doing three knots to the water at the finish line. We were just sitting out there cold and wet at the finish line.

“There was a lot of random weather, a lot of fog. We knew where we were going. The first place finisher always gets a gun. They shoot a shotgun on the deck of the boat. Everyone on the crew had our eyes glued to the guy with the gun every time he moved. . But we were going so slowly we had a long time to stare at this guy. Finally he shoulders the gun, the bow comes across the line and we hear the bang. Fog is beautiful, it’s not great to race in but it’s beautiful. You can see the shadow of the sail coming in, you’re still competing but nobody can see each other. It’s really incredible, you can hear other people talking but you can’t see them.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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