This Year’s Awards

Black Dog Trophy | Jan Miles, Captain, Pride of Baltimore II

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 2017, the Black Dog Trophy was bestowed upon Jan Miles, a long-time friend to the race, captain of “The Pride of Baltimore”, and recipient of Tall Ships America’s Lifetime achievement award.

Miles was born in Germany, and has lived in Baghdad, Rome, Malta and South Africa as his father’s career with the Foreign Service took the family around the world. If there was water nearby, Miles sailed it from the time he was able to walk. As captain of the Pride of Baltimore, Jan has crossed the Atlantic five times and made multiple trips along the East Coast and the Great Lakes.

For his untiring support of our maritime heritage, classic sailing ships, and his boundless enthusiasm for the race, we congratulate Capt. Miles with the Black Dog trophy.

Thimble Shoal Fleet Awards

The GCBSR Perpetual Trophy | Schooner Virginia, Erik Lohse

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, the award went to Captain Erik Lohse and schooner Virginia with a corrected time of  15 hours, 02 minutes and 13 seconds at Thimble Shoal.

Robert Latimer Award, Line Honors at Thimble Shoal (GCBSR Clock); Virginia, Captain Erik Lohse

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 Virginia with an elapsed time of 11 hours, 01 minutes, 41 seconds.

Windmill Point Fleet Awards

Howdy Bailey Buckle | Sally B, Dan McLeod

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 Sally B’s elapsed time to Windmill was only 10 hours, 36 minutes and 59 seconds.

The Chesapeake Challenge Trophy: Schooner Renegade, Captain Dave Coller

This ornate silver loving cup is awarded for the best corrected time at Windmill Point for a Class B or C schooner. The 2017 winner was Renegade under the command of Captain Dave Coller, with a corrected time of 11 hours, 10 minutes, 01 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, Sally B earned first in the “Bragging Rights Only” category.  Second place for “BRO” went to Renegade, and third to Libertate. There is no trophy for this.

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. This year’s award went to schooner Renegade, who crossed the Thimble Shoal line with an elapsed time of 21 hours, 44 minute, and 33 seconds.

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. This year’s awards went to the Fells Point Yacht Club members for their untiring efforts to make the northern end of the race festivities something truly special. Volunteer of the year in Portsmouth went to Nancy Klein for her unwavering support and picking up the pieces as race day neared.

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.

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.