Massachusetts-based Chelsea Clock, 116-year-old maker of fine nautical clocks, barometers and tide instruments, has been named one of the official trophy sponsors of the 2013 Annapolis to Newport Race (in conjunction with the 2012 Newport to Bermuda Race), and has created an exclusive “Chelsea Clock Seafarer Trophy” for this biennial sailing event that challenges racers on a 473-nautical-mile course from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island.
“Chelsea Clock is honored to be a part of this exciting sailing event,” says JK Nicholas, CEO of Chelsea Clock. “The Annapolis to Newport Race is a challenging international competition that draws best-in-class racers from all corners of the world. As a company with a long, rich history of marking time at sea, we are proud to create a special award that acknowledges such notable winning achievements and celebrates the adventurous spirit of today’s competitive sailors.”
The Chelsea Clock Seafarer trophy will be awarded to the team with the best combined performance in both the 2012 Newport to Bermuda Race and the 2013 Annapolis to Newport Race. The trophy will be presented on June 12, 2013, at the Annapolis-Newport Race Prize Giving at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Entrants in both races in the IRC, IRC Double-Handed, PHRF and PHRF Cruising divisions will be eligible to compete for the Seafarer Trophy. First-place keeper trophies, also created by Chelsea Clock, will be awarded to winners in each of the four divisions.
“We deeply appreciate the support of Chelsea Clock for offshore racing,” says Annapolis to Newport race committee chairman Chip Thayer. “Their generosity in stepping forward to create the Chelsea Clock Seafarer trophy encourages participation in these two great offshore classic races.”
One of the most historic and well-known of the U.S. East Coast blue water races, the Annapolis to Newport race begins on June 7, 2013. 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. The race has existed in various forms dating back as far as 1871, and was officially established in 1947 to be held on a continuing basis in alternating years with the Newport-Bermuda Race. Until the mid-1950s, it was the Newport-Annapolis race, but after much complaining by competitors about slow trips up the Chesapeake after a long ocean race, the course was finally reversed in 1957. For more information on the Annapolis to Newport Race, visit www.race.annapolisyc.org
The Chelsea Clock Seafarer Trophy
The Chelsea Clock Seafarer Trophy, designed as a perpetual trophy for display at the Annapolis Yacht Club, is a special edition of the company’s famed Mariner clock, first patented and produced by Chelsea in 1911. Considered one of the finest nautically-inspired clocks ever made in this country, the Mariner is a true masterpiece of American clock making. An exact reproduction of an original yacht wheel, the Seafarer Trophy features Chelsea Clock’s renowned chiming Ship’s Bell mechanism, boasting eleven jeweled movements and three hundred and sixty-four brass and gold-plated precision parts. The clock’s dial is painstakingly crafted of deeply etched brass that is hand silvered and enameled. The wood base and back are crafted of solid mahogany, while the wheel’s ring and base are finished using a proprietary hand-rubbed copper bronze-finishing process. The Chelsea Clock Seafarer Trophy measures an impressive 17 ½ inches high and weighs thirty-three pounds.