News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 22, 2019
Falcon wins Retired Skippers Race

The overall winner

Bob Scott, left, receives the Henry Whitney Challenge Cup from Mike Giles, representative of the Maine Retired Skippers Race as the first-place-finisher of the Retired Skippers Race in Castine on August 17.

Photo courtesy of Tina Pitchford

by Monique Labbe

Fifteen mono-hull keel boats sailed with gusting wind in the 68th annual Retired Skippers Race on August 17. The race was open to all skippers age 65 and older.

Bob Scott and his vessel Falcon was the overall winner of the race, which earned him the Henry Whitney Challenge Cup, and the Gitina/Day Trophy, awarded to the first place yacht owner. Scott was also the recipient of the Mace Eaton Trophy, awarded to the captain of the first planked wooden boat to finish the race, and the Senior Captain Leslie L. Black Trophy, awarded to the first captain from the 80 years and older age group to finish in accordance with the race rules who has not won in the last three years.

Alan Krulish was the second overall finisher, captaining the boat Crackerjack, which earned him the President’s Cup and the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Memorial Cup. Krulish also received the Retired Skippers Race Committee Trophy, awarded to the captain of the fastest boat in the race, handicap not withstanding.

Don Tenney won the Philip Buxton Trophy with a third-place-finish captaining Mermaid, and Craig Brigham received the Captain Philip Haskell Memorial Cup with a fourth-place finish sailing Jabberwocky II.

The top five was rounded out by Richard Wiken, who captained Morning Star to a fifth-place finish.