McMillan Cup at Navy 10 teams are on hand in Annapolis to contest the McMillan Cup, College Sailing’s oldest trophy. PRO Tom Stalder and his NASS race committee ran four races today in a shifty breeze that ranged in velocity between 6 and 15 knots and oscillated between NW and SW making for a tricky day. Navy started strong winning the first two races followed by a second and a seventh and is currently in first place, 2 points ahead of NY Maritime. Queens posted a solid score line except for an 8th in race two and are currently in 3rd position 3 points behind NY. Racing continues tomorrow with a forecast for building breeze.
McMillan Cup at Navy
A moderate Westerly breeze greeted the ten Mac Cup competitors this morning but less than forecast prompting everyone to practice with their #1 genoas.
PRO Tom Stalder worked to set up the course but were delayed as the wind shifted dramatically right and slowly built. Competitors also sensed the change and astutely changed to #3 jibs before racing started.
Queens executed a nice start and jumped out to a huge lead in the day's first race and stayed up front for the win. Navy recovered from a poor start to take second with Mass Maritime next in 3rd. The breeze was now a steady 18-20 with higher gusts.
Race 6 was started with 5 boats OCS including Navy, opening the door for NY Maritime and Queens. The breeze had built to a solid 23 knots which unleashed the wild beasts otherwise known as Navy 44s. Queens again nailed their start and dominated from start to finish, taking their second bullet of the regatta. Mass Maritime was second and NY Maritime crossed 3rd but was assessed a 40% penalty. Navy scrapped back from their OCS to grab 4th and managed to hang onto a 1 point margin over Queens to win the 2014 McMillan Cup.
A huge thanks to PRO Tom Stalder and the NASS Race Committee volunteers and Midshipmen who assisted in running the regatta as well as Chief Judge Dan Trammell and his jury, and our cadre of volunteer safety officers without whom we could not host these events.
Also most appreciated is the NASS Social Committee headed by Maureen Burt, who put together the BBQ Saturday for both the McMillan Cup and Keelboat Promotional Regatta participants; in total feeding over 160 people..
Next up at Navy is the Kennedy Cup 7-9 November.
|1||U. S. Naval Academy||Midshipmen||17||17|
|3||SUNY Maritime College||Privateers||25||25|
|4||U. S. Merchant Marine Academy||Mariners||28||28|
|5||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Buccaneers||31||31|
|6||U. S. Coast Guard Academy||Bears||37||37|
|7||Cornell University||Big Red||42||42|
|8||Maine Maritime Academy||Mariners||45||45|
|9||U. S. Military Academy||Black Knights||47||47|
|10||St. Mary's College of Maryland||Seahawks||50||50|
The following chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division, which may not represent the order in which the races were actually sailed.
The first place team as of a given race will always be at the top of the chart. The spacing from one team to the next shows relative gains/losses made from one race to the next. You may hover over the data points to display the total score as of that race.