On Aug. 6, crowds gathered on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to witness the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, one of the oldest sailing races of its kind in those waters.
This year’s competition, the 37th of its kind since 1974, followed a 70-mile track from Annapolis to Church Point in a 35-minute race involving 115 ships. The event also marked the first distance race on the Bay to offer live tracking, which was displayed in the James P. Muldoon River Center with markers to identify ships and their standings throughout the competition. Ship classes were assigned by The Patuxent Partnership (TPP), and included a class for multihull ships. The race was hosted by the College, the SMCM Sailing Association, and the SMCM Foundation, Inc.
Awards for the race included the TPP Trophy, awarded to top times of ships with at least one TPP member; the Steve Bickell Trophy, awarded to the ship with the most improved time between this year’s and last year’s races (as long as the captain and ship remained the same between racing years); an Alumni Trophy for graduates of the College; and the Joseph Waldschmitt “Best in Fleet” Trophy, awarded to the winner of the top racing class (the class with the greatest time improvement percentage between first place and fifth place finishers).
After a five-minute warning shot at 5:55 p.m., the competition ran from 6 p.m. until 6:35 p.m.
The College hosted festivities on campus the following day, including a Trinity Church Breakfast, music by the bands “Nautical Wheelers” and “Joe Bachman & The Crew”, a Skipper’s Dinner for sailors and invited guests and family, photography awards, and an awards ceremony after final racing times were processed.
The event was sponsored by Annapolis Inflatables, Bon Appetit Management Company, Blair’s Jewelry and Gifts, Chesapeake Custom Embroidery, Ocean Navigator, PhotoBoat.Com, Spinsheet, and Tri-County Rent-A-Tent.
Multihull: Timothy Layne’s “Wild Card”
Class A0: Charles Engh’s “Stray Dog”
Class A1: Greg Leonard’s “Heron”
Class A2: Clarke McKinney’s “The Riddler”
Class B: Ed Tracey’s “Incommunicado”
Class C/D: Michael Cone’s “Actaea”
Class N: Jack Lusby’s “Vagabond”
Best in Fleet: Charles Engh’s “Stray Dog”
Alumni Trophy: James Muldoon’s “Donnybrook”
TPP Trophy: Peter Gibbons’ “Invictus”