The third annual 2019 Vintage Gold Cup is complete and we have a new winner; Eivind Melleby from Norway with Josh Revkin (USA) crewing. Melleby won the “who-beats-who” final 8th race to take the win over Lars Grael of Brazil with Arnie Baltins crewing.
26 teams from 7 nations established a new record For competitors in this event for 50+ year old wooden Stars. Interest in the Vintage Gold Cup continues to grow and may only be limited by the logistics of the venue some day. The craftsmen who restore and maintain these boats are as much a part of this event as the beautiful boats they put at the hands of the competitors.
Danny and I finished 5th which is certainly respectable but I did not sail as well as I had in last years. We were racing a beautiful 1953 Etchells built Star named Scimitar. Our GEM which is getting a new cedar deck put on her. She will be back in action next year!
A big thanks to Don Parfet and Jon VanderMolen for their vision and all their hard work to make the Vintage Gold Cup such a fun event. 26 wooden Stars, all restored to an amazing beauty, is a sight to behold. Their were even 4 that were completely original with bronze hardware and wooden spars.
Complete scores at www.vintagegoldcup.com