McMillan Cup 2019


Saturday, October 19:

19 October, 2019

McMillan Cup at Navy

Ten teams are on hand in Annapolis to contest the McMillan Cup this weekend aboard the Naval Academy's fleet of Navy 44s.

While the forecasts for the day portended a tough day of light air, the wind gods smiled on the fleet and served up a slowly building southerly which allowed PRO Bruce Bingman and his NASS RC team crank out four quality races in the shifty winds that started in the mid-single digits and built to the low teens by race 4.

URI came out of the blocks hot recovering from a bad start to win the first race while Kings Point took second and Navy 3rd. Navy kicked it into gear in race 2 and led wire to wire for the win while URI was OCS and struggled to a 6th. Mass Maritime stepped up to take second and SUNY came third. URI quickly regrouped however and won race 3 convincingly while Navy suffered a 5th. Mass posted another second and Coast Guard a third. For the final race of the day, Navy got the jump at the start and extended for their second victory of the day while URI again had to recover from a poor start but got back to 3rd. Coast Guard was second again while Mass suffered an 8th.

At the end of the day, Navy leads with 10 points, clear of URI and 5 ahead of Coast Guard and Kings Point who are tied with 15. Mass is 2 points further back at 17..

Forecast for Sunday promises a different day with rain and heavier winds in the offing.

Jahn Tihansky, Regatta Chair

Sunday, October 20:

20 October, 2019

McMillan Cup at Navy Day 2

While yesterday’s conditions tested the tactical and physical finesse of each team, today started out with 14 knots and slowly built to the mid 20s as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor passed through the region unleashing significant rain which compelled teams to transition their technique to the brute force side of the game.

For race 5, first of the day, a big left shift came in soon after the start causing a skewed weather leg that only the crews who were OCS managed to sniff out. Visibility was reduced in rain and most boats hit the left hard only to find themselves hung out to dry and overstood by a considerable distance. Webb made the best of it and led the race wire to wire with KP giving chase and taking 2nd. Navy stayed somewhat in touch and got back to a 3rd while URI got the worst of it and could only get back to 7th.

For race 6, the wind built to the high teens and the RC imposed a no genoa sail limitation. Navy reveled in the conditions and punched out to a commanding lead all the way around while Mass Maritime posted a strong 2nd and URI took 3rd. For the finale, the breeze piped up into the low 20s and the soaked and weary crews were happy to see the no spinnaker restriction imposed along with no genoas.

Most teams also tucked reefs in their mains to keep their boat manageable. Again, Navy took advantage of their familiarity with the boats and seized the lead at the start which they didn’t relinquish, giving them the overall title. Coast Guard came from behind to pass Mass Maritime on the second beat and take second, elevating them to 2nd overall for the regatta. Mass finished 3rd while URI stumbled to a 5th dropping them to 3rd overall.

Huge thanks to PRO Bruce Bingman and the NASS RC team of volunteers, who also got to enjoy the day's delightful conditions, for getting in the full slate of races as well as the numerous Midshipmen who helped out.. Thanks also to our jury led by Dan Trammell.

Next up at Navy will be the Kennedy Cup in two weeks.

Jahn Tihansky Regatta Chair

Score summary

2Coast GuardBears2525
3Rhode IslandRams2626
4Kings PointMariners2727
5Mass MaritimeBuccaneers2828
7NY MaritimePrivateers5151
8Royal MilitaryPaladins5252
9Webb InstituteSeamen5555
10Maine MaritimeMariners6161

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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