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2008 Memories by Cryssa (Byers) Andersen

Oh... Oklahoma City! We had a great week there September 17-21, racing in the 2008 US Sailing Women's Championship (Adam's Cup.) The week was filled with eleven races, not so much wind, plenty of crazy wind shifts, lots of bugs, a very friendly Oklahoma City Boat Club, and many laughs between our crew of Whitney Loufek (skipper), myself (jibe trimmer), Lauren Maxam (spinnaker trimmer), and Megan Pluth (bow.)

In order to fully appreciate how insane the conditions were, you have to look at the results. Out of the eleven teams, nine of them had either a dead last or second to last. There were two teams who both won two races, but also got last in two races, and our team, who managed to never repeat the same place twice! That is pretty insane when you think about those odds, especially when you consider that this was a national championship.

The conditions were some of the most challenging I have ever experienced racing. First of all, it was really light. All the locals kept saying that it was never like that this time of year, but you hear that everywhere you go no matter which regatta you are sailing. I have done my fair share of lake sailing, but this was like normal lake sailing (if there is such a thing...) with a huge twist. In my past experiences on a lake, you work your way up the course from one shift to the next, no matter how big or small. Not the case here...as we slowly discovered. The shifts were massive and even bigger than the shifts, were the patches of wind and how they were filling in. You couldn't just tack on the shifts, you really had to consider where you were in the puff and where the puff was actually going. There were some races where the entire fleet would be on starboard, but not a single boat would be sailing on the same angle! Crazy! We definitely had great boat speed, which helped and we were able to sail our own race most of the time which allowed us to take big risks, some of which paid, and some of which didn't, but that is sailboat racing for ya, right?

- Cryssa (Byers) Andersen
4th at 2008 Adams Cup in J/22s provided by the Host, Oklahoma City Boat Club

2008 Event Results - Regatta Network

1976 Memories by Jane Lawton Baldridge

I am so excited about the Adams Cup portion of the website!

Ellen, Ruthie and myself all had raced the eliminations for several years in an attempt to make it to the finals and win. Ellen for eleven, Ruthie for nine and myself for five.

The 1976 series took us to Rochester, NY for the finals. We had a tough series weather wise plus fighting the Buchans. We were tied going into the last race. Tired from the weather, tired from pushing for so many years, tired of sailing with women (haha) and we were doing an AC type start, doggin them and they us. For a brief moment Ann Boyd (SC) got in the  mix. We were able to push Buchan over the starting line early and sailed a glorious race to victory, beating them by eight points.

Being from Texas, we had the trophy filled with margaritas, not as popular in the 70s as now.

What I remember most was practicing a lot. We sailed every regatta we could, plus went out after school and after work — we gave up all else in our lives to get good enough to make it to the finals. We were fortunate to have John Kolius coach us and push us that last year.

- Jane Lawton Baldridge, 1st, 1976 Adams Cup in Rochester, NY
(Winning team: Ellen Gerloff, Ruthie Maudlin, Jane Baldridge, Rita Matthews)

1924

1924 Recap
— From "The Adams Cup: A History - 1924-1988,"
Compiled by Ann Newton


AdamsCup1924-MightyMite Boston Yacht Club
Hull, Mass.

Mighty Mite
14' Marconi-rigged catboat, crew of 2

Entries:

Cohasset YC:
Misses Ruth & Esther Sears

Pleon YC:
Miss Priscilla Rothwell & Miss Nancy Jaynes

Beverly YC:
Miss Alice Sherburn, Miss Rachael Jackson

Duxbury YC:
Mrs. E. S. Farnsworth, Mrs. Ralph Lawson

Hingham YC:
Miss Virginia Hodder, Miss Harriet Mason

Boston YC:
Misses Adeline T. & Gertrude Hooper

Squantum YC:
Misses Constance H. & Margery K. Russell

Cottage Park YC:
Miss Carolyn MaGee, Miss Lillian Biddon

The first women's championship of its kind in the world was called the Massachusetts Women's Sailing-Championship. The start of this series which was to become the Adams Cup competition was encouraged by Quincy Tucker and James R. Hodder, rear commodore of the Boston Yacht Club, who wanted his daughter to have an opportunity to compete with other women in sailing. Mr. Hodder donated the championship cup, so the race was for the Hodder Cup.

The entire series of 17 match races was run in one day, taking seven hours. It was a ladder type event with four pairs in the first flight. Two wins out of three were needed to advance to the next flight. Competitors changed boats after each race. In the first flight, Beverly beat Boston, Cohasset beat Hingham and Pleon beat Squantum in just two races. It took three races for Cottage Park to beat Duxbury. In the second flight Cohasset beat Beverly in three races, and Pleon beat Cottage Park in two. In the final flight Cohasset withdrew from the second race after hitting a mark; however, they won the championship by beating Pleon two races to one.

The course for this series was triangular. The first leg was a reach, followed by a run and a beat. Spectators were encouraged to watch from the club verandah, and the club provided announcers to identify the crews and boats. The "captains and their sailing companions" were entertained at lunch at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Lauriat and with a dance in the evening.

1924 Adams Cup Sailors

The Women Who Sailed for the Hodder Cup

Adams Cup

The Mrs. Charles Frances Adams Cup , or "Adams Cup" for short, was the competition for the United States Women's Sailing Championship.

Run by US Sailing, eliminations were held throughout the country, and the finals were raced in a different type of boat each year to eliminate any advantage a sailor from any particular class might otherwise have. Competitors sailed boats provided by the host club, and teams were required to race each boat at the event once so that nobody will have an advantage in terms of equipment - similar to high school and collegiate sailing.

The Adams Cup was first held in 1924 and was raced annually until 2011. Now retired, the Mrs. Charles Frances Adams Trophy is now on display in the Reading Room of the Tom Morris Library at the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

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AdamsCup1924-MightyMite Featured Stories:

2008 — Oklahoma City Memories by Cryssa (Byers) Andersen

1976 — Memories by Jane Lawton Baldridge

1924 — The First Race for the Adams Cup


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2007
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San Diego Yacht Club
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1999
Palisades, NY
Joan Hurban, Judy Hanlon, Cindy Cox

1998
Oakland, CA
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1997
Mobile, AL
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1996
Boston Sailing Center
Elaine Parshall, Sally Lane, Mary Coch, Colleen Crawley

1995
Eastern Yacht Club
Dru Slattery, Martha Quigley Dillon, Linda Epstein, Ellie Schnabel

1994
Ida Lewis Yacht Club
Becky Wilson, Lisa Merrifield, Trice Kilroy, Alix Barton

1993
Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
Beth Danilek, Sue Miller, Janet Grapengeter, Nancy Pearson

1992
Buffalo Canoe Club
Jody Swanson, Cory Sertl, Abby Ruhlman

1991
Newport Yacht Club
Betsy Alison, Betsy McClintock, Marshall Lawson

1990
Newport Yacht Club
Betsy Alison, Kristan McClintock, Liz Merrifield, Nancy Hood


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1989
Buffalo Canoe Club
Jody Swanson, Jill Swanson, Kathryn Ritchie

1988
Seattle Yacht Club
Carol Buchan, Cheryl Lanzinger, Libby Johnson, Jean Trucano

1987
Seattle Yacht Club
Carol Buchan, Cheryl Lanzinger, Libby Johnson, Jean Trucano

1986
South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association
Cathy Chrisman, Ann Boyd, Carolyn Griffith, Janet Scarborough

1985
Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association
Cory Fisher, Dina Horwitz, Ramsey Murray, Joan Watts

1984
Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association
Betsy Gelenitis, Ellen Reago, Linda Toboada, Patti Jeske

1983
Vermilion Boat Club
Heidi Backus, Gretchen B. Loper, Amy B. Riddle, Susan B. Potter

1982
Vermilion Boat Club
Heidi Backus, Gretchen B. Loper, Amy B. Riddle

1981
Charleston Yacht Club
Ann Boyd Sloger, Carolyn Simmons, Cathy Chrisman, Janet Scarborough

1980
Bay-Waveland Yacht Club
Judy McKinney, Charlotte Gordon, Amy Chapman


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1979
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
Allison Jolly, Susan Blaketer, Janice Robertson, Sue Reischmann

1978
Ida Lewis Yacht Club
Bonnie Shore, Yvonne Burns, Bea Grimmitt, Nancy Kaull

1977
Bay-Waveland Yacht Club
Cindy Stieffel, Amy Chapman, Judy McKinney

1976
Galveston Bay CA
Ellen Gerloff, Ruthie Maudlin, Jane Baldridge, Rita Matthews

1976 Memories by Jane Lawton Baldridge

1975
Pettipaug Yacht Club
Cindy S. Batchelor, Nan Hall, Carmen Wetmore, Cara Worthington

1974
Beachwood Yacht Club
Deborah Freeman, Lynn Campbell, Jennifer Valdes

1973
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
Timothea Larr, Sheila McCurdy, Beegie Miller

1972
Dinghy Club
Sally Lindsay, Alix Smullin, Nancy Hearne

1971
Duxbury Yacht Club
Sylvia Shethar Everdell, Pamela O'Day, Mrs. Horace Sawyer, Jr., Daphne Fogg

1970
Mantoloking Yacht Club
Jan O'Malley, Patricia O'Malley, Connie Blaise


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1969
Mantoloking Yacht Club
Jan O'Malley, Patricia O'Malley, Jacqueline Hart

1968
Monmouth Boat Club
June Methot, Bette Power, Dede Heon

1967
Indian Harbor Yacht Club
Mrs. W.H. Foulk, Jr., Mrs. Albert G. Preston, Jr., Mrs. A. Whittemore, Sue Ann Shay

1966
Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle
Jerie Clark, Mary Anne Easter, Renate McVitti

1965
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
Timothea Larr, Sarah Glenn Meyer, Patience Outerbridge

1964
Lake Geneva Yacht Club
Jane Pegel, Marnie Frank, Nancy Frank

1963
American Yacht Club
Allegra Knapp Mertz, Lois Shethar Smith, Betty Duncan, Lucia Elmore

1962
Noroton Yacht Club
Susan W. Sinclair, Alexandra W. Falconer, Carolyn McCurdy

1961
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
Timothea Larr, Sarah Glenn Meyer, Patience Outerbridge

1960
Del Rey Beach Yacht Club
Pat Duane, Nancie Pearce, Rose Marie Altemus


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1959
American Yacht Club
Allegra Knapp Mertz, Roseamund Corwin, Betty Duncan, Cindy Matthews

1958
American Yacht Club
Nancy Underhill, Roseamund Corwin, Gwendolyn Everett

1957
Chicago Yacht Club
Jane Pegel, Michael Sennot Roche, Judy Gale Nye

1956
Fort Worth Boat Club
Glenn Hill Lattimore, Diane McFarland, Rose Rector, Jane Mooney

1955
Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
Toni Monetti, Chris Drake, Frances Macy, Jill Thompson

1954
American Yacht Club
Allegra Knapp Mertz, Beverly Compton, Ellen Kelly

1953
Riverside Yacht Club
Judy Webb, Barbara Sheldon, Sandra Gill, Jill Avers

1952
Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
Pat Hinman, Toni Monetti, Gwen Van Hagen, Mrs. George R. Hinman

1951
Seal Harbor Yacht Club
Jane Smith, Molly Shaw, Polly Hessenbrunch, Anne Rockefeller

1950
American Yacht Club
Allegra Knapp Mertz, Roseamund Corwin, Carol Walter, Beverly Compton


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1949
Portland Yacht Club
Jane McL. Smith, Jane Hughes, Dana Smith, Martha Soule

1948
Larchmont Yacht Club
Aileen Shields, Grace Emmonds, Margot Gott, JoAnne Sandborn

1947
American Yacht Club
Syvia Shethar Everdell, Roseamund Corwin, Lois Shethar, Allegra Knapp Mertz

1946
Edgartown Yacht Club
Virginia Weston Besse, Adelaide Wolstanholme, Honora Haynes, Mary Edmonds

19 42-45
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1941
Riverside Yacht Club
Lois McIntyre, Mrs. Frederick T. Allen, Charlotte Mayer, Mrs. Carlton Marsh

1940
American Yacht Club
Sylvia Shethar, Roseamund Corwin, Elizabeth Richards


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1939
American Yacht Club
Sylvia Shethar, Gwendolyn Shethar, Roseamund Corwin, Elizabeth Richards

1938
Cohasset Yacht Club
Francis McElwain, Katherin Johnson Fisher, Joan Chapin Waters, Barbara Benson

1937
Cohasset Yacht Club
Francis McElwain, Katherine Johnson, Francis Williams, Joan Chapin Waters

1936
Cohasset Yacht Club
Francis McElwain, Katherine Johnson, Joan Chapin

1935
Cohasset Yacht Club
Francis McElwain, Katherine Johnson, Francis Williams

1934
Indian Harbor Yacht Club
Lorna Whittelsey, Myrtle Whittelsey, Mrs. DuBois, Kitty Kunhardt

1933
Cohasset Yacht Club
Ruth Sears, Katherine Johnson, Francis Williams

1932
Edgartown Yacht Club
Clair Dinsmore, Rosalind McCagg, Ruth Welch

1931
Indian Harbor Yacht Club
Lorna Whittelsey, Helen Willis, Myrtle Whittelsey

1930
Indian Harbor Yacht Club
Lorna Whittelsey, Helen Willis, Myrtle Whittelsey


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1929
Cohasset Yacht Club
Frances Williams, Fanny C. Howmans, Peggy Little

1928
Indian Harbor Yacht Club
Lorna Whittelsey, Helen Wills, Edith Wills

1927
Indian Harbor Yacht Club
Lorna Whittelsey, Helen Wills, Edith Wills

1926
Cohasset Yacht Club
Jessie Bancroft, Catherine Reid, Helen Swain

1925
Cohasset Yacht Club
Ruth Sears, Ester Sears

1924
Cohasset Yacht Club
Ruth Sears, Ester Sears

1924 — The First Race for the Adams Cup (with photos)

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SPYC’s Helen Larsen directs her crew during a race in 1996 while flying a Jolly Roger, which she raised as a playful intimidation tactic. In the fall of 1951, a group of 10 women, all wives of St. Petersburg Yacht Club members, formed a new sailing group at SPYC known as the Salty Sisters.

First sailing in 8-foot Hagerty Sea Shell prams (later replaced by Clearwater Optimist prams), as well as in Fish Class and later Rhodes 19 sloops, the Salty Sisters are a competitive and successful group of women sailors.

Their success became so widespread that the original group of 10 members quickly grew to 150, and inspired women from neighboring clubs to organize similar groups, including the Tampa Yacht & CC's "Mainsheet Mamas", the "Luffing Lassies" of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, the Clearwater YC's "Windlasses," Davis Island YC's "Dinghy Dames" and the Pass-a-Grille YC "Broad Reachers."

Salty Sisters The groups coordinated interclub regattas that have continued through the years, with perpetual trophies and fierce competition.

The St. Petersburg Yacht Club has put together a colorful story with photos chronicling the 50-plus year history of the Salty Sisters.

You can read the story of the Salty Sisters by clicking here (PDF).

Salty Sisters 50 year patch

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