The Distance Race on the Chesapeake Bay Will Now Be Tracked Live on the Web
ST. MARYS CITY, Md. (June 22, 2010) The annual St. Marys College of Maryland (SMCM) Governors 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 Marylands current capital city to its first capital in St. Marys City. The Governors 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 www.smcm.edu/govcup. 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 Governors 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 years photography competition will also be awarded during this time. A private skippers dinner will begin at 6 p.m. under the tent in front of St. Marys Hall.
The Governors 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, Sjambok. Blofish 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 Academys Zarafa.