Governor’s Cup sets sail today
Governors Cup Yacht Race begins today
A long-standing Southern Maryland tradition is about to get underway with the 43rd edition of the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, which begins Friday night and kicks off a weekend-long celebration.
The race is the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay.
“We really look forward to Gov Cup,” said Adam Werblow, who has been the principal race officer the last several years. “It’s totally different than what we do during the year in college sailing, [because in the Cup] people come from all across the country and it’s a special race because it runs from the current capital to the colonial capital and it ends with everyone landing at our beautiful facility.”
The race begins with starts at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. — slower boats tend to be in the first group, while the faster vessels usually set sail in the later time slot — in Annapolis on Friday. At the same time, sailors competing in the Potomac leg set sail from Dahlgren, Va., while Southern leg-based competitors begin at Fishing Bay, Va.
All races conclude at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where competitors are cheered on by college staff, students and alumni. About 120 boats are entered in this year’s race, and about 100 of them will compete in the Annapolis leg.
“The race is a great event for St. Mary’s College; we’re excited about the race and the boat we’re sailing in,” said Bill Ward, the sailing director at St. Mary’s College who will take two students and two alumni out on Sun Dog, a 30-foot trimaran. Last year Sun Dog, which was skippered by Catherine Shanahan and departed in the earlier group, was first across the finish line in the Multihull A but placed fifth overall after corrected time.
Ward said all the crew aboard Sun Dog will take turns at the wheel and faring well in the race, which is 68.6 miles long, has a lot to do with luck.
“There’s a little bit of luck, but the plan is to know what the wind and
The 43rd Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, which begins Friday and kicks off a weekend-long celebration at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay.