So, What Happens?
When you put together a big northeast blow, a southeasterly course and the Queen's Cup . . . You get 170 boats rocketing off the line in a succession of tight echelons, shoulder-to-shoulder on a white-knuckle blast reach, rails in the water, leaping forward from angry white rooster tails like bats out of hell.
Yes, the 2015 event was one of the fastest, most exciting on record. Most of the fleet finished in South Haven well before dawn. The finish climaxed three great days ashore, the apex being the Queen's Cup Party. On the other side, South Haven Yacht Club went all out to welcome the racers.
Thanks to all who entered. You helped us increase participation 25 percent. We hope you enjoyed your experience. Next year, 2016, our event partner is St. Joseph River Yacht Club. Departure will be Friday, July 1. So mark that date. Even bigger and better is our goal.
Meanwhile, this page tells the story of the 2015 race in professional photography. Also see our gallery by amateur photography enthusiasts. We are keeping the Queen's Cup photo contest open for the time being to allow folks to continue submitting images from this year's race.
Also, do you have a vignette you want to contribute in words? At right, use our comment submission form. Write up some copy to go with the pictures. Did you see something amazing? Hear something weird? Have an awesome experience? Experience an epiphany? Do you simply have some thoughts to share about the 2015 Queen's Cup?
We're putting together an online journal to go with our extensive photography from the event. Please try to keep your comments under 75 words.