CALAMITY CUP
Courtesy Derf Horchler

After sailing with the NSHSA for a couple of years and hearing the tales that were told at raft-ups, then accumulated and re-told at the fall meetings, it became apparent to me that there was a need for an award for the biggest blunder of the year. Mary Jane and I talked about it a couple of times, but I didnít do anything about it.

Then in 1994 we planned a trip to Elizabeth City, NC, through the Dismal Swamp. Two other boats accompanied us on the trip. On that trip, we were delayed at the South Mills lock for a repair. After the problem was fixed, they opened the drawbridge so we could pass into the lock. The lead boat hit the bridge high up on the mast; fortunately it was a fractional rig. After watching this, I concluded that the award that Mary Jane and I talked about must be developed.

After the 1994 Labor Day Picnic and Race at Tidewater, the returning boats either cruised or raced to Worton beach for the evening raft-up. It was on that beach that the building materials (driftwood) were collected. However, the trophy itself was not finished for the fall meeting. My youngest daughter, Julie, came up with the name, "Calamity Cup," for this award.

The trophy was finally finished in 1995 while I continued to collect more horror stories.

Calamity Cup Winners
Year
Winner
Boat
1994
John & Kathy Molnar Penury's Prize
1995
Gordon & JoAnn Palmer Rapid Transit
1996
Bob Holmes Seabreeze
1997
Steve Hornberger Wind Starr
1998
Chris & Deb Schultz Rhapsody
1999
John & Kathy Molnar Penury's Prize
2000
Tom & Esther Barron Off The Charts
2001
Wolf & Maria Milz Mosella
2003
Karl & Jean Schuh Schuh String IV
2006
Earl Greene Adventure Bound
2007
Marc Leinard Champagne
2008
Tom Schmidt Narsilion
2009
John & Linda Yates Jo-Lin-Dy
2012
Bill Ubelacker Silent Running
2013
Jarvis & Elke Fox Sly Fox
2016
Steve & Elsie McDonough Elsie's Phantasie
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
   
   


THE CALAMITY CUP TROPHY!

The award was presented for the first time at the fall meeting in 1995. There were two presentations: the 1994 prize and the 1995 prize.

Since the first awards, the Calamity Cup has been an annual award. Beginning with the 1995 winner, the recipient of the award selected the winner for the following year and presented the trophy, with appropriate citations, at the fall Change of Watch meeting. The past winners list is in the Mar-Apr 2002 issue of the Portlight for all to enjoy.