The King of Spain series consists of two pursuit races designed to last about three hours for the average boat. This race series is restricted to CYC club member skippers and their boats. There are no restrictions on crew members.
The King of Spain Trophy is an impressive large silver cup, donated in memory of former CYC Regatta Committee Chairman, Dudley Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe had been presented the trophy by Alphonse, King of Spain, for his 2nd place finish in the 1928 Transatlantic Race to Santander, Spain. Dudley Wolfe’s sister, Mrs. Hind of the Clifford (Smith) Wolfe family, donated the cup to Camden Yacht Club and designated that it be used as a perpetual award and, as such, a two-race series is held every summer for CYC member PHRF boats. The yacht club started racing for this trophy in 2001. It is open to all members’ boats and is raced under PHRF rules, sportsmanship, and good will.
Dudley Wolfe was a member of the tragic 1939 American expedition, which attempted to make the first ascent of the world’s second-highest peak, K2, in the Himalayas. Mr. Wolfe died in that attempt on K2 in what was a controversial situation, as he was not an experienced climber, and his body was recovered only recently. In 2002, Dudley Wolfe’s remains were found by Jennifer Jordan and Jeff Rhoads who were on K2 producing a documentary The Women of K2. Jennifer Jordan is a friend of CYC member and former fleet captain, Tom Kiley.
All CYC handicap racing is conducted is conducted under the handicap ratings of PHRF NE. To obtain a certificate go to GMORA.org (Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association), join and fill out the rating form. If you wish to race but do not have a current rating certificate, the Race Committee may at its sole discretion assign a rating to your boat. Repeated efforts to race without a current valid certificate may result in an increased rating penalty assigned by the Race Committee.