Shields Trophy Regatta at Navy
11 Teams are in Annapolis to vie for the Shields Trophy this weekend at the Naval Academy aboard their of Navy 44s. This year’s event has a distinctly international flavor with the addition of the British University Sailing Association, the Australian Defense Forces Academy and the Royal Military College and Queens University from Canada joining the US military and maritime schools. Note that the Australian team is registered under “Hosei University” as they are not registered in Tech Score.
Today the Chesapeake served up a nice stable 13-16 knot southerly. PRO Mike Brownlee and his NASS RC team took advantage of the nice conditions and ran four 4-leg W/L races. Cal Maritime came out of the blocks fast winning the pin on the first start and led wire to wire to get the bullet. Coast Guard also started strong and were close behind in second while Navy recovered from a poor start to take a 3rd.
The start of race 2 saw both Cal Maritime and Navy OCS but only Navy returned to restart. Coast Guard took the win while KP posted a strong second and BUSA came third. In Race 3 Cal returned to their winning form and again led the entire way around with Navy challenging at times and holding on for second while Coast Guard stayed close taking 3rd. In the final race of the day, Navy won the favored boat end and led wire to wire with BUSA finding their stride to take 2nd while Cal Maritime had to dig back from a poor start to snatch a 3rd.
At the end of the day, Navy leads by 2 over Coast Guard with BUSA in 3rd and Cal Maritime 4th. Racing continues tomorrow!
Jahn Tihansky Regatta Chair
Day 2 Shields Trophy Regatta
Although this morning’s forecast was not promising, the wind gods pleasantly surprised us and gave us beautiful sailing conditions allowing 3 races to be held.
Race 5 got off on time with Cal Maritime returning to form and dominating the race start to finish. BUSA put on a strong showing to take second while Navy stayed close to take third.
For race 6, Navy won the right and showed their best colors leading wire to wire for the bullet. Cal Maritime went left and could not overcome Navy’s lead and held 2nd the rest of the way around. BUSA demonstrated their great consistency and posted a 3rd.
For the final race, the regatta was Navy’s to lose. They created a scare getting pushed left while Cal Maritime got pinged right after a bad start but getting a favorable shift and pressure to cross well ahead at the top mark. Navy rounded 7th but managed to claw back with solid speed. Cal Maritime stretched out and finished first. Coast Guard sailed strong to take 2nd while Navy recovered well to finish 3rd and close out the victory.
We would like to thank the following volunteers for their help running the event: PRO Mike Brownlee
RC members: Ed Kee, Val Pendrick, Jan Richardson, Maureen Mills, Ken Liddick, Ann Powers, Bill Museler, Mike Beaty, Ralph Roberts, Steve Small, and members of the Offshore Sailing Team Chief Judge Dan Trammell, jury Nelson Pemberton, Maureen Mills and Mike Brownlee
Safety Officers: Dan Trammell, Carroll Sparwasser, Doug Dykman, Matt Baker, Christian Hoffman, Mark Maglin, Piers Haines, Jay Corcoran, Don Worm, Aron Axe, Tom McCarthy, Matt McClelland and Jon Wright. NASS Race Committee Chairman Tom Stalder
VOST Fleet Captain Frieda Wildey
Next ICSA big boat event at Navy will be the McMillan Cup 19 & 20 October
|1||U. S. Naval Academy||Midshipmen||17||17|
|2||California Maritime Academy||Keelhaulers||22||22|
|3||U. S. Coast Guard Academy||Bears||23||23|
|5||U. S. Merchant Marine Academy||Mariners||33||33|
|6||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Buccaneers||41||41|
|9||Royal Military College||Paladins||61||61|
|10||SUNY Maritime College||Privateers||64||64|
|11||U. S. Military Academy||Black Knights||73||73|
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.