This Year’s Awards

Black Dog Trophy | NA

This is the Board’s most prestigious honor. Named and modeled after race founder Captain Briggs’ faithful companion, Rebel, its bronze statue of a black dog signifies loyalty to the race mission and faithful and honorable support for the event without personal recognition, in the spirit of Lane A. Briggs. The Black Dog Trophy is not an annual award, but is only presented when significant service is deserving of very special recognition.

In 2018, we are Honored and Proud to award The Black Dog Trophy to BB Schenk. She has been involved in the Race from the very beginning. She became the Commodore of the Town Pt. Yacht Club (Sister Yacht Club of the Fells Pt.Yacht Club) after Capt. Lane Briggs stepped down. She has been the driving force of the GCBSR’s SPIRIT and dauntless in her guidance and getting folks to volunteer to support the Race Mission.

And, ironically, she is the who found the Black Dog Trophy statue.
Congratulations BB!

Thimble Shoal Fleet Awards

The GCBSR Perpetual Trophy | NA

Designed by Joy Heely and executed in wood and stainless steel by Howdy Bailey and Phil Huffman, this top honor annually goes to the schooner with the best corrected time at the Thimble Shoal finish line, 118 nautical miles. This is considered the most competitive schooner, and ordinarily is a Class A or AA vessel (“Thimble Shoal Fleet.”). This year, was an odd race and the course was shortened, so no schooners raced to Thimble Shoals and the award goes unclaimed for 2018.

Robert Latimer Award, Line Honors at Thimble Shoal (GCBSR Clock); NA

Named for the designer and builder of our original trophy clocks, this is a special trophy for the Class A or AA schooner crossing the Thimble Shoal finish line first. Again, because of the shortened course, this was not awarded for 2018.

Windmill Point Fleet Awards

Howdy Bailey Buckle | NA

The first schooner in the Windmill Point Fleet to cross this line is awarded a beautiful hand-crafted stainless steel Howdy Bailey Belt Buckle for “Line Honors.” (The smallest vessels, in B and C classes, finish at Windmill Point, a course length of 83 nautical miles.) This year since no B & C class schooners raced to Windmill point, it goes unawarded.

The Chesapeake Challenge Trophy: NA

This ornate silver loving cup is awarded for the best corrected time at Windmill Point for a Class B or C schooner. Not awarded in 2018.

Bragging Rights Only (“BRO”)

When a Class B or Class C (Windmill Fleet) schooner keeps racing all the way to Thimble Shoal, instead of turning on the engine when they reach Windmill Point, they are entitled to “Bragging Rights Only” by class.  Not applicable in 2018.

The Special Howdy Bailey Remarkable Perserverance Award

A unique, similar edition of Howdy’s much-coveted handmade stainless steel belt buckle (resembling somewhat the one given for Windmill Fleet Elapsed Time above) is from time to time given by Howdy to the schooner crossing its finish line last under sail (longest elapsed time), in honor of its perseverance; or, at the discretion of the Race committee, to the schooner most deserving of recognition for outstanding seamanship. In 2018 the committee chose to recognize Tom Stalder of the East Point Yacht Club for his perseverance in working with the Race committee and for all the help he and the EPYC provide in setting up and running the race start!

The Volunteer of The Year Award

The Board honors an outstanding volunteer during the awards ceremony, someone who has gone above and beyond requirements to accomplish his or her assigned duties. The 2018 award for Baltimore went to Lisa Forbes, of the Fells Point Yacht Club, for her untiring efforts to make the northern end of the race festivities, and the outstanding celebration at the Polish Home Club something truly special. Volunteer of the year in Portsmouth went to Peter Briggs, for taking on all the challenges as they came. No matter how many times he is called on to help out the GCBSR, his answer is always, “I can do that”.

The Baltimore Perpetual Trophy

A smaller, Steiff-made sterling silver rendition of the Perpetual Trophy recognizes the top schooner of each year and resides at the northern end of the course, usually in a popular drinking establishment convenient to the harbor. Not awarded in 2018.

2016 Awards

Black Dog Trophy / Bill Mellen

This is the Board’s most prestigious honor. Named and modeled after race founder Captain Briggs’ faithful companion, Rebel, its bronze statue of a black dog signifies loyalty to the race mission and faithful and honorable support for the event without personal recognition, in the spirit of Lane A. Briggs. The Black Dog Trophy is not an annual award, but is only presented when significant service is deserving of very special recognition. In 2016, the Black Dog Trophy was bestowed upon Bill Mellen, our retiring long-term Racing Committee chair, whose responsibilities included handicapping, management of the Start, and computation of the results. Volunteering for the event since its outset, Bill has faithfully executed or supervised all of the technical aspects of running the sailing competition in recent years, without ever looking for a word of thanks.

 

Thimble Fleet Awards

The GCBSR Perpetual Trophy / Sally B, Dan MacLeod
Designed by Joy Heely and executed in wood and stainless steel by Howdy Bailey and Phil Huffman, this top honor annually goes to the schooner with the best corrected time at the Thimble Shoal finish line, 127 nautical miles. This is considered the most competitive schooner, and ordinarily is a Class A or AA vessel (“Thimble Shoal Fleet.”). This year, the award went to Captain Dan MacLeod and the Class B schooner Sally B, with a corrected time of  12 hours, 10 minutes and 31 seconds at Thimble Shoal. Although Sally B officially only races to Windmill Point, she won this trophy nevertheless, correcting out to a shorter time at Thimble than all other schooners

Robert Latimer Award, Line Honors at Thimble Shoal (GCBSR Clock) Woodwind, Ken & Jen Kaye
Named for the designer and builder of our original trophy clocks, this is a special trophy for the Class A or AA schooner crossing the Thimble Shoal finish line first. This year “Line Honors” at Thimble Shoal — for the “fastest schooner in the race” — went to Woodwind with an elapsed time of 17 hours, 15 minutes, 33 seconds.

Windmill Fleet Awards

Howdy Bailey Buckle / Sally B, Dan McLeod
The first schooner in the WIndmill Fleet to cross this line is awarded a beautiful hand-crafted stainless steel Howdy Bailey Belt Buckle for “Line Honors.” (The smallest vessels, in B and C classes, finish at Windmill Point, a course length of 80 nautical miles.) This year Sally B’s elapsed time to Windmill was only 14 hours, one minute.

The Chesapeake Challenge Trophy: Schooner Sally B, Captain Daniel MacLeod
This ornate silver loving cup is awarded for the best corrected time at Windmill Point for a Class B or C schooner. The 2016 winner was Sally B under the command of Captain Daniel MacLeod, with a corrected time of 9 hours, 43 minutes, 41 seconds after racing 80 nautical miles.

Bragging Rights Only (“BRO”)
When a Class B or Class C (Windmill Fleet) schooner keeps racing all the way to Thimble Shoal, instead of turning on the engine when they reach Windmill Point, they are entitled to “Bragging Rights Only” by class. This year, the Sally B earned “Bragging Rights Only” in Class B.  Sally B’s elapsed time at Thimble was 18 hours, 59 minutes, and her corrected time won her the Perpetual Trophy (above). Second place for “BRO” went to Tom Bombadil, and third to Libertate. Apella also raced all the way to Thimble. There was no Class C schooner that raced to Thimble Shoal this year. There is no trophy for this.

The Special Howdy Bailey Seamanship Award
A unique, similar edition of Howdy’s much-coveted handmade stainless steel belt buckle (resembling somewhat the one given for Windmill Fleet Elapsed Time above) is from time to time given by Howdy to the schooner crossing its finish line last under sail (longest elapsed time), in honor of its perseverance; or, at the discretion of the Race committee, to the schooner most deserving of recognition for outstanding seamanship. This year, due to particular circumstances, Howdy’s special buckle was not awarded.

The Norfolk Rebel Educational Trophy
The Race Committee wishes to encourage and promote the development of excellence in hands-on youth education programs that will help develop the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards and schooner sailors. A perpetual trophy featuring a half-model of the Norfolk Rebel  is only awarded when one racing vessel executes an outstanding educational program deserving of exceptional recognition. It was not awarded in 2016 although several vessels offered high-quality, well-attended programs, and Lady Maryland carried cadets down the Bay. We were honored in 2016 to receive a prestigious Education Grant from the American Schooner Association, which helped with the costs of putting about 100 schoolchildren in each port aboard racing  schooners before and after the event.

The Volunteer of The Year Award
The Board honors an outstanding volunteer during the awards ceremony, someone who has gone above and beyond requirements to accomplish his or her assigned duties. The grateful 2016 awardee wishes not to be named here, noting that meeting Race goals depends on the dedication and hard work of many team members in each port.

The Baltimore Perpetual Trophy
A smaller, Steiff-made sterling silver rendition of the Perpetual Trophy recognizes the top schooner of each year and resides at the northern end of the course, usually in a popular drinking establishment convenient to the harbor.