Queen’s Cup: Good mix of camaraderie and competition
Published on July 2nd, 2014
The 76th annual sailing of the Queen’s Cup, sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club, had 149 entrants for the 67 nm overnight sprint across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI on June 27. Elapsed winner was Philip O’Niel’s TP52 Natalie J (07:32:42), with F W. Laslow and his crew on the Hunter Legend VIPER winning PHRF Overall. Other winners included Frederick Warner’s F-31M Cheeky (multihull), Chuck Perkins’ C&C 99 Bifrost (shorthanded), and Robert Cooley’s Catalina 30 Cool Change 4 (cruising).
The Queen’s Cup is one of the most renowned offshore races on the Great Lakes, drawing plenty of tricked-out rockets with the latest carbon fiber sails and go-fast gizmos. For those who cruise with a barbecue on the stern and the wine rack well-stocked with primo Pinot, it’s also an unforgettable way to start an annual cruising vacation.
The Queen’s Cup Race always delivers a great party at both ends, while also focusing on being a family-friendly event. Many boats will have multiple generations within their crew. The camaraderie, above all, keeps racers coming back year after year.