Thursday, July 11, 2019

Agonizingly Slow 81st Queens Cup Race

J/130 sailing Queens Cup (Milwaukee, WI)- The 81st challenge of one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes this past weekend- the 90.0nm race called the Queen’s Cup- may have set a record for drop-outs.  Like the Round the Island Race in England, it happened to be a slow weekend for wind!

This year’s overnight race across Lake Michigan departed from Milwaukee, WI for St. Joseph, MI on June 28, 2019 in very light winds. Both Milwaukee’s South Shore Yacht Club and St. Joseph River Yacht Club hoped for better weather, but it was all for naught. In the end, even the super-fast TP 52s averaged just over 6 kts! Nevertheless, despite the challenges, several J/teams prevailed to collect lots of silverware!

PHRF 1 Division saw Bill Schanen’s J/145 MAIN STREET finish fourth.  Then, in PHRF 2 Division Robert Klairmont’s J/133 SCIROCCO3 won class.

In the J/111 class, Mark & Colin Caliban’s NO QUARTER won, followed by Jeff Schaeffer’s SHMOKIN JOE in second.  All the rest of the five J/111’s retired! The winning boat averaged 3.9 kts.

Then, in PHRF 6 Class, the J/88s cleaned house.  First was Ben Marden’s BANTER, followed by Andrew Graff’s J/88 Exile in 2nd. The winning boat averaged 3.5 kts…ouch!!  For more SSYC Queen’s Cup Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.