Smyth/ Persson Win Annapolis YC Doublehanded Offshore Distance Race

The Annapolis Yacht Club hosted a new 24-hour distance race for mixed double-handed crews that started on Saturday, September 28 off the entrance to the Severn River. The fleet took off on a race course designed to be sailed in about 24 hours across the Chesapeake Bay. The AYC event featured two divisions: one for mixed gender crews in J/105s and a second division open to male or female teams in boats of 25 to 42 feet using the ORC handicap rule to score the different size boats. The seven-boat J/105 fleet had several famous offshore sailors participating. Winning the race was Randy Smyth, a two-time Olympic medalist and winning America’s Cup sailor. He was paired with his friend Christina Persson on-board MIRAGE. Taking second was a U.S. Naval Academy Team comprised of Midshipman 2/C Donald Poirier and USNA Coach Nancy Haberland. Third was the duo of Bill Bomar and Bri Grenier on PEREGRINE. Rounding out the top five were RJ Cooper & Courtney Cumberland’s PRISCILLA/ TENACIOUS and Ethan Johnson & Cat Chimney’s OAKCLIFF SAILING/ RUM PUPPY. For more AYC Doublehanded Distance Race information, visit

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