The Trophy Case
This page has served as our digital trophy case since the GPYC start in 2011. In 2017, we finally got a real, publicly admirable trophy case, thanks to the Maine Lakes Resource Center, at 137 Main Street in Belgrade Lakes, which gave us space to display our trophies, slide shows, and brochures! Thank you, Logan Parker, for fixing us up!
We hope you’ll stop by to see our display… and maybe be inspired to join the yacht club!
The Witkin Cup trophy
The Witkin Cup
We introduced the Witkin Cup race and trophy May 26, 2012, to honor cherished cornerstone members Joan and Bill Witkin, GPYC’s very first members. They offered their lovely lake house at the south end of Hoyt Island as the location for our inaugural meeting May 29, 2011, and have hosted race events regularly ever since.
This coveted trophy consists of a sweet ceramic cup that Joan donated from her collection mounted atop a stone selected from the grounds of the Witkins’ lake house. The prize is solid, grounded, poised, and beautiful — just like the couple who inspired it.
Peter McManus and Liz Tonge, sailing the intrepid Minuet, were the first to win the Witkin Cup trophy May 26, 2012.
Commodore John Gibbs presents a stand-in trophy to Peter McManus and Chris Kearns June 2, 2013. The real Witkin Cup did not make it to the event; Joan saved the day with an improvised prize.
Commodore John Gibbs presents the real 2013 Witkin Cup trophy to Peter McManus later in the season at the Hurricane Cup event.
The Witkin Cup race was called off for weather on May 24, 2014, but we all stuck around for the cookout at Camp Runoia, and Bill and Joan agreed to pose with their namesake trophy.
Finally! The sailing gods gave us winds for the first time in three years for this race, and John Gibbs wins the “Holy Grail” May 29, 2016.
The Rasta Race Trophy
The Rasta Race Trophy
We introduced the Rasta Race and trophy July 23, 2011, simply to create an opportunity to have what we envisioned would be a jammin’ Jamaican-style cookout every year. The trophy consists of a coconut engraved with the GPYC burgee.
Jack Schultz and Lynn Matson were the first to win the Rasta Race trophy on July 23, 2011
Dick Greenan and Peter McManus cross the finish line to win the Rasta Race, June 29, 2013. Unfortunately the race trophy had gone missing so could not be presented to the winners that day.
Dick Greenan, Gayle Toolin, and Peter McManus win the Rasta Race trophy on June 28, 2014.
Commodore John Gibbs presents Dick Greenan with the Rasta Race trophy June 20, 2015. Peter McManus came in only seconds behind Dick, so he’s got a hand on the trophy, too.
Sally Beck and her crew Art Paine and Bob Donnell win the race but have to scoot out before the trophy can be awarded to them June 24, 2016.
The Milfoil Regatta trophy
The Milfoil Regatta Trophy
The Milfoil Regatta and trophy were introduced to GPYC July 21, 2012 to support the Belgrade Lakes Association in building awareness for the need to prevent the spread of Milfoil in the Belgrade Lakes.
The trophy consists of a mahogany plaque on which is mounted a boat propellor bound up in mock Milfoil.
Sally Beck proudly displays the Milfoil Regatta trophy. She was the first to win it on July 21, 2012.
The crew of “Connie,” from Camp Runoia were the first to cross the finish line in GPYC’s Milfoil Regatta July 27, 2013. From left to right: Clara Freeman (skipper), Piper Blackburn, Ali Dahnert.
Sally Beck and Jeff Marden accept the Milfoil Regatta trophy from Commodore Gibbs July 26, 2014.
Dale Beach and Carter Knight claim the Milfoil Regatta trophy July 25, 2015.
John and Lynne Gibbs accept the Milfoil Regatta trophy from Ben Ford July 23, 2016.
The Hurricane Cup trophy
The Hurricane Cup Trophy
We introduced the Hurricane Cup race and trophy August 27, 2011, when the last race of the season was scheduled, but we hadn’t yet named or themed it. Hurricane Irene was expected to make her way through New England, but we raced without incident. After surviving the big storm and cleaning up debris, we saved a chunk from a tree that blew down and turned it into a trophy.
Commodore Ben Ford presents Peter McManus with the Hurricane Cup 2011 trophy at our 2012 Annual Meeting.
Ben Ford and Sheldon Perkins are presented with the Hurricane Cup trophy August 27, 2012 by Peter McManus, the 2011 trophy winner.
John Gibbs presents Sally Beck and her crew Margee Whited and Jeff Marden (Art Paine not shown) with the Hurricane Cup trophy, August 24, 2013
John Gibbs presents Sally Beck and her crew, her sister Bo and sailing cohort Art Paine, with the Hurricane trophy on August 23, 2014
Sheldon Perkins and Barb Ford show off their win of the Hurricane Cup August 22, 2015.
Bob Donnell, Sally Beck, Nancy Marden, and Chris Carey win the Hurricane Cup August 27, 2016.