ST. MARYS CITY, Md. (June 17, 2009) The annual St. Marys College of Maryland (SMCM) Governors Cup Yacht Race sets sail from Annapolis on Friday, July 31, at 6 p.m. The Governors Cup Yacht Race is the oldest and longest continuously run overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the running of the race from Marylands current capital city to its first capital in St. Marys City. As boats begin to arrive at the college Saturday morning, sailors and the public are invited to a post-race party beginning at 10 a.m. with food and live entertainment. Racers can register online at www.smcm.edu/govcup.
This year, the post-race party will return to the St. Marys waterfront. After two years of construction on the new Boat House and the James P. Muldoon River Center, a shady expanse of lawn is open along the shoreline for party-goers to relax and mingle. The Nautical Wheelers play from noon to 4 p.m. and Key West Race Week performers Joe Bachman and the Crew perform 7-11 p.m. Entrance to the party is free.
The Governors Cup was conceived and founded in 1973 by three SMCM students and has been sailed every summer since. The first race, held in 1974, attracted only 47 boats. The start gun was a sawed-off shotgun, and the start shapes were handmade out of cardboard boxes covered in plastic and beach towels. The race is the oldest and longest continually run yacht race on the Bay.
At 4:30 on Saturday after the race, an awards ceremony will be held under the tent on the waterfront for winning yachts. Photographers from last years photography competition will also be awarded during this time. A skippers dinner will begin at 6 p.m. under the tent in front of St. Marys Hall.