America's Schooner Cup in San Diego

Lively - 2014 America's Schooner Cup (Photo courtesy of Cynthia Sinclair)

A Glorious Day for a Schooner Race!

On March 29 the horizon filled with topsails, gollywobblers and flying jibs for the 26th running of America’s Schooner Cup in San Diego Bay.

With 15 to 18 knot winds and smooth seas, thirteen schooners young and old gathered at the starting line. Over the next three hours, skippers, crew and spectators enjoyed the beautiful sight of rails in the water and bones in their teeth!

Perc Jones on Skookum III, took overall Cup honors, with a 1st place finish in the A class. Bob Harrison’s Curlew won “barn door” honors with a 2nd place on corrected time, in the fastest race in memory. Mayan placed 3rd – a fine finish for new owners Stacey and Beau Vrolyk in their first race!

Many were returnees. Jerry and Marcia Newton, owners of Maid of Kent (last year’s Class B winner) made it to the starting line just in time, for their 23rd running, after having the keel bolts replaced (whew!) in the yard.

Gary Allen and Ed Fitzpatrick, both new skippers of Lively and Tiama respectively, competed in their first schooner race. In the spirit of Corinthian sailing, Jerry Newton of Maid of Kent lent Gary Allen a fisherman sail.

Steve Denton and his crew of 13, aboard Amazing Grace, took 1st place in the B class followed by Scrimshaw, and Maid of Kent.

The event is sponsored by the Silver Gate Yacht Club with all proceeds going to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society.

 

Amazing Grace - 2014 America's Schooner Cup (Photo courtesy of Pat Flanigan)

Curlew - 2014 America's Schooner Cup (Photo courtesy of Pat Flanigan)

Fame and Curlew - 2014 America's Schooner Cup (Photo courtesy of Pat Flanigan)

Thanks to Brad Brown of the America's Schooner Cup Committee for these race highlights and photos