Kennedy Cup


Saturday, November 3:

Update on Day 1

After further deliberation, the jury awarded breakdown points to New York Maritime for Race 2 and the scores have now been updated to reflect this. Going into today, NY Maritime moves up to third, 2 points behind Navy.

Kennedy Cup Day 1 The ten teams who arrived at the Naval Academy this morning for the Kennedy Cup were greeted by gray skies and drizzle. Little did everyone know what was soon to come. During the competitors’ briefing, the skies cleared and the forecast northwesterly filled in with a vengeance.

PRO Bruce Bingman set up the course downwind of the Greenbury Point radio towers and with the wind gusting into the low 30s, informed the fleet that sail restrictions were to be observed including no genoas and no spinnakers. Under #3 jib and reefed main, Navy won the first two races of the day with Coast Guard taking a 2,3. After suffering a bad first race and then a MOB that resulted in a DNF in race two, SUNY came back strong to win races 3 & 4. The sail restrictions remained in place for all four races.

At the end of the day, Navy is lying first with 12 points. Coast Guard is one point back in second after being awarded breakdown points in the 4th race. Mass Maritime is third with 17 points.

3 more races are on the schedule for tomorrow with a forecast anticipated to be the polar opposite of today. We’ll see what the wind gods have in store for us.

Jahn Tihansky Regatta Chair

Sunday, November 4:

Day 2 Kennedy Cup

A nice easterly greeted the 10 competitors for the Kennedy Cup this morning on the Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis. Pro Bruce Bingman set up a four leg course and racing commenced on time. Navy jumped out of the blocks and led at the first three marks only to falter on the final run and drop back to 6th. New York Maritime sailed sharp to stay close and look for an opportunity to pounce. The last of the easterly favored the boats who went right downwind allowing NY Maritime and the right pack to sneak across the finish ahead of the despondent Navy crew. NY took the bullet while Navy fell back to sixth.

As forecast, the breeze never filled back in and the RC elected to pull the plug on further racing.

Congratulations to the NY Maritime Privateers for their second victory at Navy this fall! They qualify to represent the US in the Student Yachting World Cup next fall in France.

Our sincere thanks go out to all the volunteers who were on hand to help make this year's Kennedy Cup a great success including PRO Bingman and his RC staff, Chief Judge Dan Trammell and jurors Mike Brownlee, Dick Lunsford, Nelson Pemberton and Maureen Mills, and our cadre of safety officers.

Jahn Tihansky Regatta Chair

Score summary

1NY MaritimePrivateers1515
3Coast GuardBears2020
4Rhode IslandRams2323
*5Mass MaritimeBuccaneers2626
*6Kings PointMariners2626
8Cal MaritimeKeelhaulers3232
10Michigan StateSpartans4646
*Head-to-head tiebreaker

Score history

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.

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