Gov­er­nor’s Cup sets sail to­day

Gov­er­nors Cup Yacht Race be­gins to­day

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

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

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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.

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