Nov 19, 2020

J40 ArtimisiaPlominski’s new ride, the J40 Artemisia

Skipper John “Drew” Plominski is hoping that lightning doesn’t strike twice. Plominski, whose boat was destroyed by lightening two years ago, was first in line to register for the 39th biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean race to take place this summer.‘We’re thrilled to see Drew back for another try,” said Richard Hinterhoeller, RNSYS co-race director Plominski’s 30-foot vessel, named Perseverance, was just about ready. Along with his wife and three friends, he planned to compete in the 363-mile biennial race to Nova Scotia.The South Boston resident left his boat moored at the Columbia Yacht Club the night before the big race and was at his house, just a couple of blocks away, when he heard the loud noise that sounded like a boom and a crack, he said.

“It was nuts,” Plominski said at the time. “All the electronics were fried,” forcing him to withdraw from the 2019 race.

With his new boat, a J40 named Artemisia, he competed in the 2020 Beringer Cup race from Marblehead to Provincetown. A good tune-up for the 363-mile race to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Marblehead-to-Halifax started in 1905 and has been held every other year, except during wartime. Called the “Grand daddy of ocean races,” it is the premier east coast sailing event.The 2021 Notice of Race has been posted on the Marblehead to Halifax website at, according to BYC co-race director Karen Tenenbaum. “We think there is a lot of pent up demand and sailors are anxious to get back on the water”.

The race is co-sponsored by the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron of Halifax.

Ed Bell, PR Chair BYC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.