The awards ceremonies had already begun when the 47-foot craft Ariel entered the Inner Harbor last night on the final stretch of the 1,000-mile, Key West-to-Baltimore Race for the Hemingway Cup.
The final finisher's tack across windless water was in view of those in attendance at the ceremony, which took place on the 22nd floor of Baltimore's World Trade Center, the perfect place for such observations.
What the organizers couldn't witness, however, were Wednesday's stormy waters off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., which dismasted the two race favorites and forced them to the coast for cover. With turbo-sleds Zephyrus and Chessie Racing sidelined, the way was paved for Blue Yankee to capture the Hemingway Cup in the race's inaugural running.
Blue Yankee, a heavier boat more suited to withstand the pounding, arrived first, crossing the line at the Rusty Scupper restaurant at noon Thursday. It is owned and captained by Tobert C. Towse of Stamford, Conn.
The race is part of the qualifying series for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy.
Chessie Racing is owned and captained by Baltimore millionaire George Collins. Ariel, the smallest boat in the field, is owned and captained by Tim Thompson of Oxford, Md.
Following Blue Yankee in the handicap event were Javelin, Volador, Mensae and Ariel.