More Sea Scouts are Currently Sailing Small Boats and Here is Why

As we move forward with 2017, scouts all over the nation and across the world are dusting off their PFDs and sailing gloves before heading down to the water. Although it is summer time, they are not headed towards the beach. Instead, they are walking along the docks of marinas and harbors to start practicing for the 2018 Koch Cup.

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Scouts rigging at the Newport Sea Base.

For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Koch Cup, is a sailing regatta held biannually by Sea Scouting.  It was named after Bill Koch who is an American Sailor and Businessman whose boat was the winner of the America’s Cup in 1992. Ten years later in 2002 the Boy Scouts of America worked with Koch and created the Koch Cup which allows scouts across the world to not only compete against one another but form camaraderie and international understanding.

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Bill Koch with The America’s Cup (1992)

The 2018 Koch Cup is planned to take place in Galveston, Texas at the Sea Star Base Galveston from July 8th-13th. Preliminary Races are being hosted for US Sea Scouts by each region this Summer and Fall so they may qualify for Koch Cup in 2018. All the qualifiers are posted at seascoutcup.org under event info listed as 2018 qualifiers.

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Crews heading towards the line for the start.

Western Region Sea Scouts were the first to claim the Koch Cup in 2002 starting with Tom Hartmann and Trevor Gurley who were from Ship 711 Del Mar in California. We were also the last United States crew to win the Koch Cup in 2014 as Ben Brough and Laura Roudebush from Ship 90 Renegades in California claimed the Koch Cup with a few points to spare! The 2016 Koch Cup, hosted in Long Beach, CA, went to duo Nicholas Gardiner and Nicholas Williams from New Zealand.

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Koch Cup 2016
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Koch Cup 2014

 

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Koch Cup concluded in August and since then, scouts everywhere have been practicing in hopes of claiming the Koch Cup as their own. Do not sleep on the competition as their are bringing the best! Practice perfection and do your best for as Vince Lombardi said,” The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

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