The Buzzards Bay Trophy was established in 2017 to increase and sustain PHRF yacht racing on Buzzards Bay. The Beverly Yacht Club, Buzzards Yacht Club, Mattapoisett Yacht Club, New Bedford Yacht Club and the Quissett Yacht Club came together to collectively award the Buzzards Bay Trophy to the Racing and Cruising Class yachts with the best combined score in four of six races:
– MYC Spring Round-the Bay Race, June 9
– New Bedford Yacht Club Whaler’s Race, June 23
– The Beverly Yacht Club Parker Converse Tower Race, July 14
– Buzzards Yacht Club PHRF Race, August 18
– The Quissett Yacht Club Round-the Bay Race, September 8
– The Beverly Yacht Club Hurricane Cup, September 22
These races are medium to long distance races from approximately 25 miles within Buzzards Bay to the 50- and 100-mile Whaler’s Race. A yacht must participate in at least four of the six races to be eligible for the trophy and must have a valid PHRF Certificate for each race in which it participates. Each boat’s race score shall be her finish position score divided by the number of boats starting in her division. Each boat’s series score shall be the total of her four lowest race scores. The perpetual trophy shall be engraved with the name of wining Yacht, the Skipper and the Yacht Club from which the yacht hails if applicable. Individual “keeper” trophies will also be presented to the winners.
Last year, BBT events had an aggregate of over 60 yachts participating. Thirteen yachts completed the minimum of four races. The 2017 winners were Ryan Walsh in his KP36 Nextfrom the New Bedford Yacht Club and Allan Eddy in Pearson 36-2 Kinsalefrom the Plymouth Yacht Club.
For information and registration for 2018 events, visit the host Yacht Club’s website.