Scheherazade wins Shipyard Cup 2012
Scheherazade skillfully outmaneuvered the fleet Sunday to take first place honors and winner overall at Shipyard Cup X. True to the spirit of the event, the "winner overall trophy" was an engraved bucket and large bottle of Dom Pérignon. The bucket was filled with champagne and passed around to the winning crew. Scheherazade's owner drew great cheers from the crowd as he took his turn.
In Sunday's event, Scheherazade was followed by Rapture and Whisper in the daily results, in which the boats and the race committee were able to take advantage of breaks in the fog to complete day 2's racing. Due to an error in calculating starting times for the pursuit start of Saturday's race, the results were not used to calculate the overall winner of the Shipyard Cup.
The final order of finishing for Sunday's race and the overall results was: Scheherazade (154'), Rapture (100'), Whisper (67'). Virage (99'), Tenacious (115'), Sumurun (94') and When and If (64'). Sumurun was the recipient of the annual Clew Award for managing to board their charter guests underway 2 minutes before their starting time and still crossed the line 1.5 seconds after the gun. In keeping with the fun spirit of the event, race organizers also awarded some other prizes:
The Full Moon Award to Boo Too for aiming a moon-like object at the event photographer Billy Black.
The Best Duck Boat in Boothbay Award to Tenacious for her owners sounding duck calls as they left the harbor.
The Best Start Possibly Under Power Award to the 1939 Schooner When and If.
The Winginít Award to Rapture for their "wing and wing" downwind run on day 1.
The Best Main Uniform Award to the Captain of Virago for sailing in a terrific authentic Maine flannel shirt.
The Best Smoke and Mirrors Award to Scheherazade for their "fake jibe", which smoked their nearest competitor.
The Best Spirit of the Regatta Award to the Sumurun for starting day 2 in Flintstones' costumes.
The Where’s Tito Award, in honor of Shipyard Cup sponsor, Tito's Handmade American Vodka, for the person who shall remain nameless that "borrowed" the full size poster of Tito himself.
Despite the challenging weather conditions, the event ended on an upbeat note with many racers looking forward to the 2013 event.