Senators Cup Overflows As 2009 Melges 32 Sprint Series, October 9
1 August 2009
The Melges 32 fleet will bring on the speed in Annapolis this coming October at the 2009 Senators Cup, which will serve as the very first Melges 32 Sprint Series. The goal is to generate a minimum of six entries with room for more.
The Senators Cup began in 1990 as a local, charitable endeavor sailed in Baltimore’s inner harbor. Nineteen years later, the profile of this event has grown by leaps and bounds. Traditionally this is a match racing event, but for 2009, Melges 32 fleet racing has been added to the agenda. This new format is designed specifically to attract and entertain more spectators than ever before. Past winners of the Senator's Cup include Gavin Brady, Terry Hutchinson, Chris Larson, Chris Law, Dawn Riley, John Pica, Mark Fischer and Mark Myers. The event has featured other great competitors such as John Bertrand, Dave Dellenbaugh, Dave Perry and Cameron Appleton. Check out the Official Event Website.
Taking place on October 9, the Melges 32 Sprint Series will consist of seven races lasting approximately 20 minutes long with a nice size starting line. There will be on-the-water umpires to keep the racing very close and prevent protests. The event will be filmed and each team will have access to the footage for training purposes. There is absolutely NO ENTRY FEE. The prize giving will take place on October 10th at the Eastport Yacht Club Boat Show Bash with Gary Jobson presenting the cup. All boats will be launched, docked and sail from Jabins Boatyard each day.
Melges 32s can stick around for more racing on October 10th and 11th. This marks the start of the 2009 Annapolis Fall Series (AFS), where up to three races will be held each day. Should enough Melges 32s be interested in The Senators Cup and stick around for the kick off of the AFS, they will have their own start.
For those that are interested, please be aware that you need to secure accommodations immediately, as this event overlaps with the 2009 U.S. Sailboat Show October 8-12. This is a very busy time of the year for Annapolis, so advance arrangements are necessary.