2016 America'a Schooner Cup

 America’s Schooner Cup - San Diego - 2016

Are those grey haired owners of the old Grey Ladies being replaced?

Byron Chamberlain, himself a distinguished grey haired owner and skipper of Rose of Sharon hopes so!

80 year old classics need an infusion of youth to keep on delighting their audiences.

By the time they’d returned, the youngest owner and skipper, Andrew Mayhugh, had finished first on corrected time on Lively, out of Newport Beach. In his spare time, Andrew leads sailing instruction at the Newport Sea Base.

Not to be outdone, grey haired and intrepid Paul Mitchell took the reins from owners Jerry and Marcia Newton, and raced Maid of Kent to a first in class and 2nd overall - just 59 seconds behind on corrected time.

Youthful presence continued as Shine On hosted a young Dane as skipper - Michael Risoer; placing 3rd overall and 2nd in their class.

Competing to benefit the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society, twelve schooners raced out of San Diego Bay under brilliant sunshine on Saturday, April 2. Once again, Silver Gate Yacht Club played host to the 28th running of this classic. The event drew its own infusion of energy with the raffle of two tickets for a one week cruise on a Star Clipper. This year’s event raised nearly $30,000 for NMCRS which provides financial assistance to Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

Perhaps Paul Mitchell says it best:

“It is competition, yes, but friendly competition.  If I lose, so what, I had a good time trying.  But if I win, by gosh I’ll toast the other schooner with a tot of rum.  And let him finish the bottle.”

More information about the event is at www.americasschoonercup.com.