Maryellen Ferring Repeats as Ruth Beals Champ

Mike and Maryellen Ferring. Maryellen won the Ruth Beals Cup for the second year in a row.

Mike and Maryellen Ferring. Maryellen won the Ruth Beals Cup for the second year in a row.

Maryellen Ferring gets to keep the Ruth Beals trophy for another year.

The trophy goes to the winner of the annual Ruth Beals Regatta, which celebrates women in sailing. The rules permit a male as crew, but a woman has to be on the helm of the one-design Capri 14.2 boats. This year Maryellen and Mike Ferring managed to score three bullets and a second place to beat Cindy Pillote (with Wilson Davis), Kylie Jenkins (with Chad Hargrove), and Suzette and John Bush.

Many thanks to Fleet Captain Steve Brown for serving as PRO and Tony Chapman and Larry Green for helping out. At the conclusion of racing, everybody gathered on the grassy knoll for a picnic lunch provided by Chick-fil-A, punctuated with champagne and Suzette’s birthday cake.

Results:

Race 1 2 3 4 Total
Maryellen Ferring 1 1 2 1 5
Cindy Pillote 2 3 1 2 8
Suzette Bush 3 4 4 3 14
Kylie Jenkins 5 DNS 3 4 14

The skippers: Cindy Pillote, Kylie Jenkins, Maryellen Ferring, Suzette Bush

The skippers: Cindy Pillote, Kylie Jenkins, Maryellen Ferring, Suzette Bush

Captains and crew: Wilson Davis, Cindy Pillote, Chad Hargrove, Kylie Jenkins, Maryellen Ferring, Mike Ferring, Suzette Bush, John Bush

Captains and crew: Wilson Davis, Cindy Pillote, Chad Hargrove, Kylie Jenkins, Maryellen Ferring, Mike Ferring, Suzette Bush, John Bush

Mike sets the whisker pole for Maryellen at the Ruth Beals Cup Regatta. Photo: Bill Cunningham

Mike sets the whisker pole for Maryellen at the Ruth Beals Cup Regatta. Photo: Bill Cunningham