July 1, 2014
It is with a very strong sense of regret that we have been forced to cancel the 2014 Shipyard Cup.
Although the Shipyard Cup has become hugely popular with superyacht owner’s and crews, and often has literally been the "talk of the dock" it seems that many of the potential entrants headed to the Med this year instead of New England or just cannot make a firm commitment.
We made a tremendous effort to solicit entries this year and despite the generally favorable support actual commitments from entrants did not materialize.
Hosting a great event such as the Shipyard Cup is a big financial investment made possible by boat registrations, sponsors and founding sponsor Hodgdon Yachts.
With confirmed registrations down to such a small number this year, we could not in good conscience ask our sponsors to participate in what might have turned out to be only a few boat regatta.
We will turn our attention to 2015 in the hopes we can continue this great fun event with a fleet that both participants and sponsors will find worthwhile.
Edward A Roberts
Director of Sales and Marketing
August 11, 2013
Day 3 Results
August 10, 2013
Day 2 Results
August 9, 2013
Day 1 Results
July 9, 2013
SCHEHERAZADE returns to defend Shipyard Cup title
EAST BOOTHBAY, MAINE -- After taking top honors in 2012 for the TENTH running of the annual SHIPYARD CUP regatta, hometown favorite SCHEHERAZADE will be returning to defend the CUP. One of the finest superyacht sailing vessels in the world, the 154 foot SCHEHERAZADE was built by Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay and launched in 2003. Designed by local and world renowned designer Bruce King with an Andrew Winch Designs (London) interior, SCHEHERAZADE is an exquisite example of Hodgdon's legendary craftsmanship.
For 11 of the past 12 years, Hodgdon Yachts has hosted the superyacht regatta Shipyard Cup. One of only 11 such regattas in the world, and one of only two annual events in the USA, the Shipyard Cup hosts a small but impressive collection of magnificent sailing yachts. "There are very few locales in the world where such a spectacle can be witnessed, and we are honored to bring such a great event to the Boothbay Region" said Tim Hodgdon, 5th generation owner and CEO of Hodgdon Yachts.
The race is held in the "Corinthian Tradition" celebrating the "true spirit" of yachting which seeks to maintain a "high standard of sportsmanlike conduct" and is technically open to entrants 70 ft and above. Most years the fleet ranges from 90 feet to over 150 feet. The Cup is run under the International Superyacht Rule www.internationalsuperyachtrule.com. The rule dictates a pursuit style start where each vessel is handicapped through a sophisticated analysis based on design characteristics, performance factors and expected race time conditions. The first yacht over the starting line is technically the slowest, with the last start being the fastest and the last to try to chase down the fleet. The finish can be exciting as the aim of the weighted starts is to have everyone finish at the same time. Last year on day 2, three of the vessels finished within one meter of each other.
We are very pleased with the interest thus far with 6 boats committed and "nine other significant entries have expressed strong interest pending charter guest or owner last minute schedule changes" said event chairman and Hodgdon Yachts Director of Sales and Marketing Ed Roberts. "We expect to host well over 250 owners, captains, crew and guests" Roberts went on to say.
Among the entries thus far is another very notable "Grand Dame", MARIE, a 180 ft Classic Ketch built by Vitters Shipyard in Holland for a well known local seasonal resident. MARIE has earned many accolades including for the yacht’s interior which boats a baby grand piano. Complete details of entrants, information for spectators and public events being added to the Shipyard Cup event will be posted on the website as they become available.
Although the social events are not open to the public, spectators are welcomed and encouraged to watch the race but are cautioned to stay clear of the area of the start and finish which will be marked with private vessels flying a RED SHIPYARD CUP FLAG. Further details on watching the event can be found in the SYC NOTICE TO MARINERS on the Shipyard Cup website. The starting area will be organized approximately at 11:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an anticipated start time between 12:00 and 13:00.
The Shipyard Cup is a member of the Superyacht Racing Association a prestigious collection of yacht designers, shipbuilders, project managers, captains, owners and regatta organizers.
April 25, 2013
Shipyard Cup XI to be the best ever
The 2013 running of The Shipyard Cup (August 8 - 11) is shaping up to be the best ever in the decade-plus history of this landmark event.
This year, we've added an extra day of events and we're also anticipating a brand new participant, the 180-foot MARIE, a black-hulled beautiy built in 2010 by the Vitters Shipyard. MARIE combines a classic profile with a modern underwater hull.
In addition, we'll be treated to the Hodgdon-built, hometown favorite and last year's winner SCHEHERAZADE.
The event has already been given the Editor's Choice Award by the staff at Showboats International.
We are also very excited about our list of loyal sponsors who help make the Shipyard Cup such a special event. This year we are welcoming at least two new sponsors, US Trust and Pantaneus Insurance.
As always, we'll be feature the great sailing, beautiful vistas and lobsters that Maine is famous for, not to mention the hospitality, cocktail parties and Corinthian spirit racing that makes a great warm-up for the Newport Bucket.
February 21, 2013
Yes, No, Maybe?
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine -- Here in Maine the snow is still flying, happily for those of us that love winter! But even we have to notice that St. Barth's is around the corner and it is not too soon to plan for a nice relaxing summer in Maine.
Maine offers great sailing, beautiful vistas and of course the world's best lobsters. And there is no better way to enjoy Maine than the informal pace of the Shipyard Cup.
Maine hospitality, lobster bake, cocktail parties, great scenery and Corinthian spirit racing. A great warm-up for the Newport Bucket. And this year we have added a third day of racing!
Entries are limited and the social events are only open to owners, owner's guests and crew. SYR Rule (aka Bucket rules). If you haven't sailed the Shipyard Cup you are in for a treat, ask around.
Just click on the link below and we'll do the rest...
Yes, we plan to come.
Maybe, we're not sure what the boss wants to do yet,
remind us again.
No, we're definitely not coming this year but keep us on
the mailing list for another year.