Kings Landing Regatta Cup Trophy…The History
By Brian Mills
Back in the 70s and early 80s, boats kept at the Mactaquac sail boat marina were mainly day sailors. There were fleets of Mirror dinghies, 505s, Wayfarers, Lasers and Stars. While the Stars were kept at a mooring, most of the boats were dry sailed. That is they were stored on their dolly in the compound and launched by the skipper and crew for sailing.
The Mactaquac Sailing Association had a very active racing program using the Portsmouth handicap system. There were races almost every weekend and included some two day regattas.
One of the two day regattas was the Kings Landing regatta. Kings Landing Historical Settlement had donated a beautiful sterling silver champagne cooler and one of the members built the wooded base to complete the trophy.
The Kings Landing regatta started from Woolastook Park on Saturday about noon. All the boats were trailered, sailed, or towed by the Association’s rescue boat to the Park. On Sunday the race was usually from Woolastook up to Kings Landing in the morning. Boats were beached at Kings Landing and skippers and crew went ashore for a picnic lunch.
When the original Mactaquac Sailing Association was losing members and racing was in decline, one of the last Commodores, Keith Davies was in possession of the Trophy. When Keith moved from Fredericton to Kingston Ontario, he handed over the trophy to Brian Mills with the instruction to ensure it was returned if the Mactaquac Sailing Association was ever revived and had an active racing program.
Some years later, Brian learned the Association had been revived but without a racing program in place. Brian offered to revive the racing program by conducting a winter Learn to Race seminar and lead the first couple years of racing using the same Portsmouth handicap system.
After the racing program was well established, the Kings Landing trophy was returned to the Association to be used as a Club Championship trophy. It was to be awarded to the skipper who had the best record in the regular weekend handicap races over the whole season. There was a provision for one drop race. At the time there were only 3 regular handicap races.
The reincarnated Kings Landing Club Championship trophy was first awarded in 2002.
Names and class of boat on the Trophy in chronological order are:
- 1974 David and Gordon Baskerville 505
- 1975 Heather and Murray Neilson 505
- 1976 Heather and Murray Neilson 505
- 1977 Edward and Patty Petrie 505
- 1978 Brian Mills Laser
- 1979 Ian and Alex Torrie 505
- 1981 Ernest McFadgen Britt Parsons International Star
- 1982 Keith and Michael Davies Wayfarer
- 1983 Sharon and Brian Mills Wayfarer
- 1984 Keith Davies Dick Quiggs Wayfarer
- 1985 Cathy, Leo and David MacNeil P-20
MSA Club Championship
- 2002 Judy and Brian Mills Wayfarer
- 2003 Judy and Brian Mills Wayfarer
- 2004 John Rankin Steve Floyd John McKinney Cygnass
- 2005 Brian Mills Laser
- 2006 Mike and Heather Cote Cygnass
- 2007 Mike and Heather Cote Cygnass
- 2008 The Cote’s Cygnass
- 2009 The Cote’s Cygnass