January 16, 2021

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The Mighty KRAKEN Dominates the Seas

Posted by Southern Maryland Sailing Foundation
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Youth sailors in Southern Maryland have tamed the legendary sea monster this year, and have shown some impressive nautical prowess.

New to the Sailing Center this year is their Offshore Team, which has participated with all-youth crews in many of the area’s historic keelboat races aboard the KRAKEN, a Kirby 25 graciously donated last winter by John Williamson of St. Inigoes Creek.

After his donation of the Kirby, several of SCC’s older sailors—Ethan Johnson, Philip Weiser, Austin Fagan, and Christian Gotsch—asked to sail her in the Governor’s Cup. The boys rose to the challenge, taught extra adult sailing classes to fund the venture, and refurbished the boat, inside and out, just in time to make the race.

“The Governor’s Cup was our shakedown cruise,” laughed Mr. Johnson.

KRAKEN finished 10th out of 15 in her class in one of the fastest Governor’s Cups ever. She has gone on this season to come in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in all of the major races she has entered (Sail 4 Youth, the Wounded Warrior Regatta, the Sharp’s Island Light Race, the Blessing of the Fleet Regatta, the Kinsale Cup, and the Barnacle Cup series).

Congratulations to all who have put in their hard work both on the water and off—the KRAKEN has certainly written a thrilling first chapter in the SCC Offshore Team’s history. Check out the SCC Offshore Team’s pictures on Facebook—KRAKEN bookended her inaugural season in some wild weather!

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