West Chester Boat Sails to Second Place in Virginia Cruising Cup Race

Image of West Chester resident Bob Cantwell's sailboat, Rival, via YouTube.

After sailing for 15 hours off the Atlantic coast, the difference between runner-up and third in this year’s Down the Bay Race was just 67 seconds, and West Chester sailboat owner Bob Cantwell triumphed in that battle.

Cantwell’s boat, Rival, edged out defending champion Sitella for second place behind runaway Virginia Cruising Cup winner Jeroboam, according to a report in the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., by Bill Wagner.

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“It was pretty much a straight-line drag race down to the lower bay,” Cantwell said. “We did just one gybe in 16 miles.”

The 120-nautical-mile race was organized by The Storm Trysail Club-Chesapeake Station.

“This was the perfect race for Jeroboam,” which sailed a brand-new Farr 400 sailboat, Cantwell said. Both Rival and Sitella were XP44 sailboats. “We lost sight of the Farr 400 after about 40 miles.”

Read more about the race in the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., here.

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