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2010 Governor’s Cup Yacht Race Sets Sail August 6

The Distance Race on the Chesapeake Bay Will Now Be Tracked Live on the Web
June 18, 2010
Press Release #10-122


The annual St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) Governor's Cup Yacht Race sets sail from Annapolis on Friday, August 6, at 6 p.m; and for the first time ever, boats will be tracked live by GPS. This year marks the 37th running of the race from Maryland's current capital city to its first capital in St. Mary's City.  The Governor's Cup Yacht Race is the oldest and longest continuously run overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay.  As boats begin to cross the finish line, sailors and the public are invited to a post-race party that goes on all day and into the evening Saturday with food and live entertainment.  Racers can register and get details online at Registration deadline is July 30.

"One of the things that I think is really cool about this race," said SMCM varsity sailing coach and the Governor's Cup principal race officer, Adam Werblow, "is that you have to be a really good sailor. You have to be tactical and be able to weigh risks."

The Kattack  GPS system, free to all racers, will display the race in real time, continually tracking the location of each boat by name throughout the race so you will be able to follow it online. One can watch the racers' strategies, pause the race, zoom in and out, show boat speed, distance traveled, and more. 

Saturday, party-goers can relax on the lawn of the Teddy Turner Waterfront in front of the James P. Muldoon River Center and enjoy food and music from the Nautical Wheelers, who play from noon to 4 p.m, and the Key West Race Week performers Joe Bachman and the Crew, who play 7-11 p.m. Entrance to the party is free. 

At 4:45 p.m. on Saturday after the race, an awards ceremony for winning yachts will be held under the tent on the waterfront. Photographers from last year's photography competition will also be awarded during this time. A private skipper's dinner will begin at 6 p.m. under the tent in front of St. Mary's Hall. 

The Governor's Cup was conceived and founded in 1974 by three SMCM students and has been sailed every summer since. The race covers a 70-mile course with over 150 boats competing.

Last year in the A-0 class, Michael Brennan, of Potomac, Maryland, came in first on his boat, SjambokBlofish came in first in the A-1 class, with Dailey Tipton, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, as the skipper.  Long-time competitor Don Wagoner, of Shady Side, Maryland, came in first in the A-2 class with his boat, Der Baron.  In the A-3 class, Albert Holt, of Annapolis, came in first place with his boat, Kestrel. David Way, of Shady Side, Maryland, led the way in the multihull class in his boat, Trinity

The largest boats in the fleet are in the A-0 class.  The first to finish, winning line honors, went to the U.S. Naval Academy's Zarafa

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest four-year graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2010 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team champions.

Category: Governors Cup