“Spirit Walker” Wins the Queen’s Cup
Vern McCain, from Muskegon Yacht Club, and his crew drove their B&H 41 to win the 75th Queen’s Cup Race to Ludington, MI. With a corrected time of 12 Hours 8 minutes and 24 Seconds they succeeded in beating by their competition “Willy J” by a corrected margin of 1 minute and 42 seconds. The Queen’s Cup Trophy is awarded to a fully-crewed PHRF monohull with the best corrected time.
The Silvie Trophy was awarded to “Oceans” an Andrews 77. Jim Banovitz and crew, from Chicago Yacht Club, was the first boat to cross the finish line at 04:41:17 Milwaukee time. The Silvie Trophy is awarded to the first yacht to cross the finish line (cruising fleet is ineligible).
The Silver Jubilee Trophy was awarded to “SnakeBite”, a Pearson Flyer. Ted Bailey and his crew from South Shore Yacht Club was the first yacht to cross the finish line in the Cruising Fleet. Their corrected time was 14:17:45. The Silver Jubilee Trophy is awarded to the yacht with the best corrected-time in the largest remaining fleet.
The Fons America Trophy was awarded to the yacht “Tango In Blue” a CM1200. Rick Trisco and his crew from South Shore Yacht Club was the first SSYC yacht to cross the finish line in a corrected time of 12:27:53. The Fons America Trophy is awarded to the first SSYC, fully crewed PHRF monohull, with the best corrected time.
Other winners from South Shore Yacht Club are “Shorthanded” Bob Hughes’s SR33 was awarded 4th Place in section 04. “Blue Pearl”, James Kerlin’s First 40 was awarded 5th Place in section 05. “Wildest Dreams”, Mike Pastorek’s Hunter Legend was awarded 4th Place in section 06. “Skelday”, Eric Isbister’s Tarten 412. Eric was awarded 1st Place in section 06. “Heat Wave”, Jeremy Burns with his Dehler DB1 was awarded 2nd Place in section 07. “AHI”, Chris Svoboda’s S2 9.1, was awarded 1st Place in section 08. Greg Hyland’s “Alyse”, an Olson 911SE, was awarded 2nd Place in section 08. “Caravel”, Commodore Dave Wehnes’s C&C 30 was awarded 4th Place in section 08. Kevin Wilcox was awarded 1st Place in section 09 with his Catalina 30. “ Rafiki”, with Whitney and Alison Kent were awarded 4th Place in the short handed section with their J-30. John Achim’s “TRI N Catch ME” was awarded 2nd Place in the multi hull section.
Please look at the finish results at http://ssyc.org/queens-cup/qcraceresults
The race started with line squalls that caused several boats about rethink if they really wanted to do this.
The weather was on the teeth from the Northeast with 15-28 knot winds. The distance was 81.1nm compared to last year’s 75.7nm race to South Haven, MI. Because of the tacking this year’s race didn’t have anyone finishing before the Michigan’s bars closed. The first yacht, “Oceans” finished at 4:41 Milwaukee time, with an average speed of 8.1knts. The yacht with the longest time was “DoVidjenja”, Thomas Malesevich and his crew were out in the Lake for 22 hrs and 22 minutes. They enjoyed the race more than anyone else.
This year a mandatory Modified Category 3 Checklist was incorporated in requirements for the race with a mandatory man overboard drill that was required before the race. Brian Adams from our QC Race Committee was instrumental in developing the checklist. In Ludington about (6) yachts were called for an inspection subject to the Modified Category 3 Checklist. All yachts passed the inspection.
A call to the USCG was made after repeated VHF radio attempts were made trying to contact a yacht, that hadn’t finished. The USCG responded that the boat was located about (5) hours away and that they were retiring from the race.
The hosting, Ludington Yacht Club, offered the best of ever thing. Gary Ferguson and his 175 volunteers provided a special experience for the racers. Deep waters (8’+), in a newly dredged Municipal Marina, was a delight to many of the yachts. The BIG yachts had a depth of 16 feet or more off of the touch and go dock. The entertainment was, no less than 35 bands from the surrounding area. Ever where you went you saw red Queen’s Cup shirts with “Ask Me” on the back. Volunteers ready to answer any question that you may have. The arriving yachts were escorted to their berths by volunteers in dinghies. The flow was streamlined and seamless. Gary even procured perfect weather for the after race events. Our many thanks to the people of Ludington, members of the Ludington Yacht Club and the members of the Ludington Common Council for allowing this event to happen.
The Race Committee
This is what the finishing yachts viewed for a finish boat or should I say finish platform. Our thanks to the Ludington Yacht Club for arranging this “One of a Kind” platform. The finishing crew on the platform were John Archibald, (Finish Race Officer and PRO), Bob and Fran Aring, Jerry Rakowski and Sandra Dziubek.
The scoring/check out team was done by Pat Rakowski, Bruce and Carolyn Nason and myself. Everyone on the finishing and scoring/check out team work a least 39 hours without any sleep. (Just like the racers)
A Special Thanks goes out to Commodore Dave Wehnes, who after finishing the race, helped with the scoring.
The three judges were Chief Judge Fred Horwitz, Judge Dean Cady and Judge Tom Atkins.
The Cruising Start Race Officer was PC Gary Mattson The Starting Race Officer was Jerry Kedziora. Many thanks to all of the members that made this race possible. Our Thanks to Howard Millard for use of his yacht, Seaquest, for the start of the race. Our many thanks to our manager Pat Nora and his team. I understand that the girls were in the office from 6:00am to 2:30am accepting the revenues and book keeping. Our many thanks to Chef Sam and his staff for providing professional preparation of the meals that were enjoyed by all.
The bartenders, waitresses and the dock hands all put in many hours to make this event what it was.
In closing, I would like to remind everyone that the 76th Queen’s Cup Race will be hosted by the Muskegon Yacht Club in Muskegon, Michigan on June 27th, 2014
SSYC Rear Commodore Ken Dzuibek,
Ludington Mayor John Henderson,
SSYC Commodore Dave Wehnes, and
LYC Commodore Gary Ferguson