For midshipman Duncan Mamer, the skipper of a Navy 44, the waiting was the hardest part of the 19th biennial Annapolis-Bermuda Race.
"The prevailing conditions for this race were mostly just lots and lots of light air," said Mamer, a Caldwell, Iowa, resident and rising senior on the Naval Academy's varsity offshore sailing team. "Whether it was on the Chesapeake [Bay] or half an hour from the finish line, we definitely spent our fair share of time drifting around.
"The biggest challenge was definitely just always trying to keep the boat moving. Also, keeping the crew focused over such a long period of time, especially when it seemed like we were stuck in the middle of the ocean and were never going to finish."
After starting June 6, they finished June 14. Then there was more waiting as they found out which boat had won the race on corrected time.
"We knew that we did well," Mamer said. "Over the course of the next couple days, as the other boats finished, we had the sneaking suspicion that we may have taken first overall."
That news came Monday, much to Mamer's pleasure.
Gallant won on corrected time and took Division 2 of the race, completing the 753-nautical-mile passage from Maryland to St. George's in 5 days, 7 hours, 34 minutes, 15.0 seconds.
Integrity, another Navy 44 skippered by midshipman Holland McCabe, a rising senior from Olney, finished roughly 17 minutes behind in the overall standings and in Division 2, and posted the best corrected time on the ocean leg of the race.
"Really, I don't think there is any way I can express how proud I am both of my crew, and of the other Navy boat that competed in our race," Mamer said. "A one-two finish in this race is something that hasn't been done by Navy in quite some time."
Chaotic Flux, a J/120 owned by James Chen, won Division 1 and was first overall on elapsed time.
Chaotic Flux also posted the best elapsed and corrected times for the 125-mile leg down the Chesapeake.
"If I had to characterize the race, I would say that it was a game of sail changes," Chen said. "My crew never hesitated to change sails. We had a navigation team that did a very good job."
Impromptu, a C&C 37 owned by Steve Sharkey of Galesville, took top honors for Division 3.
Formerly the Bermuda Ocean Race, the A2B is hosted by Annapolis' Eastport Yacht Club and Bermuda's St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club.
(Boat, make, skipper, home port, elapsed time, corrected time)
Division 1 (4 boats)
1, Chaotic Flux, J/120, James Chen, Herrington Harbor North, 6/11:08:40.0, 5/11:31:16.0
2, Bad Cat, J/111, James Whited, Solomons, 6/12:40:58.0, 5/14:56:31.0
3, Mazal Tov, J/120, Arne Fliflet, Alexandria, 6/18:03:27.0, 5/18:26:03.0