Miles River Yacht Club Perpetual

Posted in: Perpetual Trophies
Miles River Yacht Club Perpetual Trophy

In 2011, the Chesapeake 20 Association provided a perpetual trophy to the Miles River Yacht Club to be awarded to first place at their annual one-design regatta.  As noted below, Chesapeake 20s and their predecessors, Twenty Foot Knockabouts, have been racing at MRYC since the early 1930s.

This oldest MRYC trophy was donated by the Kolb family on behalf of Doug Kolb who won first place in the 1947 regatta aboard Jade #37.  We have incomplete records of racing over the years at MRYC, but a very interesting race took place in 1935 in which Vanity won the free-for-all (which means anything goes including extra sails) while nearly sinking. 

See more details below.

CBYRA High Point Trophy Winners

Posted in: High Point
Chesapeake 20s were a sanctioned Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association from 1942 until 1968 at which point they did not have enough members to qualify as a sanctioned fleet.  The fleet was re-instated in 2008.  Below are the High Point winners from 1942 until 1968, and 2008.

Chesapeake 20 All-Stars and Nationals Rules

Posted in: Current

Attached are the latest lists regarding the boats/skippers/crews for both the Allstar regatta on Friday June 27th and the Nationals on Sat-Sun, June 28-29th. 

Hopefully all this madness will work out!!
These events should be great fun.

The boats will be towed to Annapolis Maritime Museum early on Friday June 27th so that we will be organized at AMM before the skippers meeting at noon.

Please let me know if you are towing your own boat.

If you need a tow, the tow boats will be LEAVING the dock at WRSC at 9:00 AM. SHARP!!   It would be best to have the boats in the water on Thursday evening.

We have a great group of allstars racing.  It would be wonderful if each of the boat owners would call their respective allstar skipper to introduce themselves, get acquainted, and assure that everything is all set for Friday’s racing, etc.  I will note on this mailing the skippers phone number if you likely do not know it.

I have emailed the notice of race for both the allstar and national regatta.  If you didn’t get them or need them, please let me know. 

Roger Link  (410) 867-4097 days,  (410) 867-3007 evenings 

Neal Kramer - Chesapeake 20 Pioneer

Posted in: Racing Legends, 1940s
Neal Kramer died on June 8, 2011.  He was the last surviving brother of the Kramer family in which four of the five raced Chesapeake 20s.  His father, Andrew Kramer who was president of the Annapolis Bank and Trust, financed the construction of twenty Chesapeake 20s in 1939.  Neal raced Penguins and Chesapeake 20 and owned Serenade in which he was a successful racer in the early 40s and 60s.  Below is a more detailed history of his racing in Chesapeake 20s. 

Doug Kolb, Chesapeake 20 Pioneer

Posted in: Historical Race Results, 1940s, 1950s
Doug Kolb was a pioneer in Chesapeake 20s.  He died on April 25, 2005 and his wife, Joan Mary Kolb, died on April 16, 2011.  The family donated is trophies to WRSC and the Chesapeake 20 class.  Doug Kolb raced Jade, #37 from 1947 until 1954 and was a charter boat captain for over 46 years out of Rockhold Creek.  He was active at West River Sailing Club and its commodore in 1953.  His impressive race record from the late 40s and early 50s is below.  Doug Kolb and Jade were featured on the front page of the Evening Star in 1953 at the President's Cup Regatta along with a photo and article announcing the wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy to Jacqueline Bouvier.