The Saturday after Thanksgiving, many NCAA Football teams take to the gridiron to play their arch rivals as dedicated couch potatoes settle in front of the TV with plates full of leftovers. On the Chesapeake Bay this day has been reserved for sailors who have left their boat in the water so that they can load up on some leftovers of their own. Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) once again hosted the Leftover Bowl regatta where 18 boats competed for an array of leftover awards from years past.
By Thanksgiving weekend, many boats are snugly tucked in for their long winter hibernation. EYC gives sailors a reason to delay their haul-out by offering a casual, once around the course regatta. Racers and cruisers compete for trophies that have accumulate from races with no wind, too much wind or when complete classes didn’t show up for an event. This year the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) graciously added to the collection of awards by cleaning out their closets as well. This was enough to give each team three picks from the awards table.
To add to the fun, crews are encouraged to dress in costumes to compete for the perpetual Best Dressed Award. Windependent has dominated this award in years past. While sporting grass skirts and coconut shell bras, their effort fell just a bit short for the top prize. This year the unanimous top vote getter was Jake, Elwood and the entire Blues Brother’s crew aboard Irie. The crew, lead by Captain Kirk Gunn, dressed in the traditional black suits while racing their Tartan around the course.
Taking the top award in the racing fleet was Allegro, with Captain Marino diMarzo at the helm. With a PHRF rating of 228 and the perfect wind conditions, he corrected over Incommunicado, Mojo and Windependent. Allegro also received an extra pick from the awards table by having a crew member on board from Italy. Congratulations to all 14 boats in the racing division.
In the cruising fleet there were four boats who competed. Church Key, captained by Chris Chadwick, took top honors followed by Crush, Gabrielle and Irie. Along with his three picks from the table Captain Chris received a special leftover award found deep in the closets of EYC. It was a canvas bag already embroidered with his boat’s name. A perfect leftover for this captain.
When the awards table was empty each team had something to take home to remember the great fun had by all. This is one event you need to mark on your calendar for next Thanksgiving weekend.