December 8, 2023
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AYC Throws A Challenge To Former Commodores

Last Year's ParticipantsThe Annapolis Yacht Club announced earlier this year their intent for the month of June to be AYC History Month. The Club is featuring a historical wall in their front entry telling the story of the Club during the trying years of World War II. Additionally, members have attended a highly competitive history Trivia Night as well as a 1963 themed party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their current Clubhouse’s building completion. Still in store, the Annapolis Yacht Club will celebrate the 127th anniversary of their Club’s establishment at the end of June with the Second Annual Commodore’s Race.

This competition, first called by Commodore Kevin McNeil in 2012, is held in a fleet of donated, member-owned Harbor 20s — one of their newer one design fleets. On Saturday, June 29, Past Commodores of the Annapolis Yacht Club will take to the water in a series of races vying for the coveted Commodore’s Cup — a rededicated award first given in 1970 and 1971 for Best Decorated Boat during the Founders Day Parade.

This year’s defending champion is Past Commodore Isaac “Cappy” Kidd. “I’ll be happy to defend my title this year,” P/C Kidd reports. “This year, I’ll have Rod Jabin’s racing expertise to keep me out of trouble and hopefully make the boat go faster. I assume that we’ll draw straws this year to see which boats we’ll sail, just like last year, but in a perfect world, I hope that I’ll be sailing in Peter Trogdon’s Skimmer again.” The final entry list for 2013 has not been finalized, but last year’s race featured seven past and present Commodores. Last year’s all-star Race Committee was comprised of Past Commodore Ron Ward, Past Commodore Harry Keith, and Jack Lynch. “This hanging jury tolerated no funny business on the course,” reported Principle Race Officer and then-Race Committee Chairman, Chip Thayer.

Spectators are encouraged to watch from the Eastport Bridge and surrounding properties of Spa Creek on Saturday morning. Notice of Race has the first race starting at 2 p.m. Race Awards and the Club’s 127th Anniversary celebration will follow for members and their guests inside the Clubhouse that day.

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