Our Maryland and New York team are excited to be a sponsor for the 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race! Yacht Broker Brad Peer and Brett Starke are at registration cascading Cold Brew on Nitro (aka serving cold brew coffee) for all to enjoy. Both brokers will be at the starting line aboard the VIP vessel, our Sabre 48 Salon Express, in Annapolis. We will also be at the finish line aboard the VIP vessel, our Back Cove Downeast 37.
Below is the schedule of events starting today.
- Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 2: “Safety at Sea” Seminar – U.S. Naval Academy
- Wednesday, May 31: Registration 0900-1700 at Annapolis Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Center – Classroom
- Thursday, June 1: Registration 0900-1700 at Annapolis Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Center – Classroom
- Thursday, June 1: Competitors’ “Send Off” Party 1800 AYC Clubhouse, 12 Dock Street
- Friday, June 2: Annapolis to Newport Race 2017 – Start #1
- Saturday, June 3: Annapolis to Newport Race 2017 – Start #2
- Monday, June 5: Hospitality Tent open at 1200 at Newport Yachting Center
- Wednesday, June 7: All Hands & Awards Party at New York Yacht Club Harbour Court at 1530
- Wednesday, June 7: Hospitality Tent at Newport Yachting Center closes at 1200
We also wanted to include the Race History throughout the Decades (taken from the Annapolis to Newport site: https://www.annapolisnewportrace.com/history.html
The Annapolis to Newport race is one of the most historic and well-known of the US East Coast blue water races. Linking two seaports dating from our nation’s birth, Annapolis and Newport, the race provides a contrast between the country’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Such a challenge is the Chesapeake, that the 1997-1998 Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy added it to the course, as did the Volvo Ocean Race in 2002 and 2006.
The course heads south for 120 miles from Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, then east to the Chesapeake Light and hence northeast to Newport. After navigating the shallows and currents of the Bay, navigators have to decide if they want to sail the rumbline to Newport, go in towards the shore or head further into the Ocean. The record time for the race is held by Carrera, Joseph Dockery’s Farr 60 skippered by Chris Larson, which set a new course record in 2001 of 42 hours, 58 minutes, 12 seconds. This broke the previous record set by Chessie Racing, George Collins’ Santa Cruz 70, in 1999 at 47 hours and 45 minutes, which in turn had beaten the 12 year old record (53 hours and 31 minutes) of Starlight Express, a ULDB 70.
The Cold Brew is flowing…