There was no racing for the McMillan Cup today in Annapolis. Competitors were allowed to go out for practice and reported seeing gusts over 30 knots. All made it back to the dock with minimal damage (save one older mainsail).
PRO Taran Teague has decided to start up 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled to try to run as many races as possible Sunday.
Sunday's Skippers Briefing will be at 0830 instead of 0900 and first warning will be at 1000 instead of 1030.
Tomorrow looks to be a much more suitable day for sailboat racing.
After getting blown out on Saturday, the ten competing teams were greeted with more benign racing conditions with westerly winds between 15 and 22 knots, sunny skies and typically chilly fall temps. PRO Taran Teague got the first race off on time which was 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled due to no races Saturday. Navy won the left and built an ever widening lead to take race 1 with KP second and SUNY 3rd.
For race 2, Navy got mired at the start while Coast Guard and Maine Maritime jumped in front. Navy picked their way back and were second at the leeward gate behind Maine, splitting with Coast Guard. At the weather mark, Navy had sneaked past both to grab the lead and carry on for their second bullet. Coast Guard took second while Maine finished 3rd.
For the final race, Navy was stuck under an OCS boat which allowed Mass Maritime and a couple of other boats to stretch ahead. But Navy was able to tack out, get into phase and led at the first mark by a comfortable margin which they held the rest of the way around. Mass sailed strong to fend off the hard charging fleet to take second just ahead of the 3-7th place photo finish.
Navy comes away with a convincing win while Coast Guard sailed to a strong second overall with SUN two points further back in third. By virtue of their podium finishes, Coast Guard and SUNY earned the first tier MAISA and NEISA slots for the Kennedy Cup coming up in two weeks 5 & 6 November.
A huge thanks to PRO Teague, Chief Judge Dan Trammell and the many volunteers who helped on the Race Committee and as Safety Officers riding aboard with the visiting teams.
|1||U. S. Naval Academy||Midshipmen||3||3|
|2||U. S. Coast Guard Academy||Bears||9||9|
|3||SUNY Maritime College||Privateers||11||11|
|*||4||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Buccaneers||17||17|
|*||5||U. S. Merchant Marine Academy||Mariners||17||17|
|**||6||Maine Maritime Academy||Mariners||17||17|
|7||U. S. Military Academy||Black Knights||21||21|
|8||Roger Williams University||Hawks||22||22|
|10||University of Rhode Island||Rams||26||26|
|*||According to last race (3)|
|**||Number of high-place (2) finishes|
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.