On Saturday April 6th Martinez, California was electrified. It was charged with the human energy of 13 Ships coiled and ready to strike for the accolades on the line at the 33rd annual Seafarer’s Regatta hosted by the SSS Albatross.
The day started at 0800 when colors were raised and ended around 2300. To start out the regatta every crew member received a quiz and split up to take it. When that was over, each crew was left to schedule in their events to make sure they were finished by 1700. Unlike the rain and wind we endured last year, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. To hit things off crews started at events like compass and knots and proceeded into the day at the bigger events such as scuttlebutt and breeches buoy.
Every event was well coordinated and the judging was great. At 1300 crews broke off and events closed for lunch. After lunch was over crews picked up where they left off at their events. Mystery event, which boatswains signed up for ahead of time, was a large game of scrabble in which crews went head-to-head, using code flags instead of letters. At 1700 events closed and everyone got ready for the dinghy race finals which started at 1730. After dinghy race ended it was time to eat! With the competition behind us, crews gathered together and enjoyed tri-tip steak and potato salad for dinner. It was then time for the dance where we enjoyed socializing, dancing, and just listening to music. In the middle of the dance the crews all gathered once again to enjoy the award ceremony and see how they fared. This year, the Challenger took first place, closely followed behind by the Albatross (separated by only 2 points), in third place the Tiki Too, fourth place was Makai, and fifth place was Compass Rose.
After the award ceremony had finished, it was time to depart, and the crews slowly begin to disperse taking with them the memories and experience they gained, looking forward to the next regatta right around the corner.
– Written by the Crew of the S.S.S. Challenger of Redwood City, CA