Timely winds help set record at Governor's Cup SAILING

August 08, 1993|By Nancy Noyes | Nancy Noyes,Contributing Writer

The 20th annual Governor's Cup Race from Annapolis to St. Mary's City was one for the record books, with an elapsed-time record for the 70-mile course.

With 25- to 30-knot northeasterly breezes Friday night to speed it on, Jim Muldoon's Santa Cruz 70 Donnybrook was first to finish in the St. Mary's River, 21 minutes after midnight to set an elapsed-time record of 6 hours, 16 minutes, 30 seconds. The time was more than a half-hour better than the previous overall and keelboat elapsed-time records, set in 1989.

Because the rest of the fleet also was making a fast trip under spinnaker down the bay, however, Donnybrook corrected into 25th in the 50-boat PHRF A-1 class after her -90 PHRF rating handicap of 1 hour, 45 minutes was added to her elapsed time, leaving the trophy for first in class to Jim Michie of Arnold and his crew on his SR-33 Woftam.

Earning the overall award for best in fleet, the Joseph Waldschmitt Memorial Trophy for the winner of the class with the narrowest time differential between first and fifth places, was Columbia sailor Jervis Dorton, acing the 33-entry PHRF B-1 class with his Pearson Flyer Flying Circus.

Winds Friday afternoon before the start were northeasterly in the 30-knot range with a 4- to 5-foot chop on the bay, preventing some entrants from getting to the starting line at the mouth of the Severn in time for the 6 p.m. warning.

Despite periodically heavy rains, the breeze settled down to about 20 knots at the start before increasing to 25 to 30 for most of the race.

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