Choptank Fleet

Choptank Fleet

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Choptank Fleet in Action for Wednesday Night Racing.

Notes From the Fleet Captain

Revised Course List

This year the Choptank Fleet will be using a predefined list of 32 courses. Several courses from last year were deleted due to lack of use and redundancy. Some courses have been modified and some added to provide more reaching legs. The list has been reorganized from Zero degrees Magnetic to 360 degrees. This is a major edit. Laminated copies will be available at the open house.

On occasion, the Race Committee may decide to customize the race course depending on weather conditions. Print a copy of the list and keep it in your boat. Skippers are expected to have the list. The committee boat will only post and announce the course number on VHF Channel 72.

2023 Race Schedule

Notes From the Fleet Captain

This season we are introducing a Cruising Class Fleet. This new fleet is designed to attract skippers of boats better suited for cruising and skippers who are new to racing and do not want to deal with congested starts.

The Cruising Fleet will start 6 minutes after the Non Spin Fleet. The starting line will be “open” for 5 minutes to allow skippers to start when they want within that time. Boats will then report their elapsed time after crossing the finish line at buoy Z and the Yacht Club.

ESSA will waive membership dues and racing fees for one year to attract new Cruising Fleet boats to join us on Wednesday nights. If you know of a skipper who may want to sail in the Cruising Fleet, please encourage them to contact Joe Brooks, the Choptank Fleet Captain at (443) 521-9798.

Stedman Smith Cup

June 3, 2023

Congratulations to Brandon Spears and the crew of Gabrielle on their repeat championship.
From a drift start to 25 Knots winds, it was a spectacular day. 
1st Place: Gabrielle – J-29, Brandon Spears
2nd Place:  Aura – J-100, Bob Gallagher
3rd Place: Touche – Comet, Bob Dickey

Less than 10 minutes, corrected, separated first to last place. 


Wild Goose Chase

September 9, 2023

Congratulations Bob Gallagher and the crew of Aura on their win!

Due to the light winds a shortened course was selected. As it is a chase, the first boat out had a 22 minute lead over the last boat.First Place: Aura, Bob Gallagher

  • Second place: Paprika , Curt Weist
  • Third place: Zinful, Mike Stewart
  • Fourth place:  Jitterbug, George Breig