1949 Virginia Sailing Regatta trophy

Strother Scott on Thursday December 15, 2016 10:07AM

Someone on Facebook has this pretty copper trophy engraved "Moth - 1949 - First" and they are curious as to the provenance of the trophy. There is a current international class of boats called Moth that existed back in 1949.   Please contact Strother if you know what this is. Thank you.

Update - Jere Dennison reports his second history article https://www.fbyc.net/Club/History/Articles/02vasailingregatta  gives us the answer:

"In 1944, the Virginia Sailing Association, then consisting of UYC, Rappahannock River Yacht Club, Hampton Yacht Club, and Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, decided to consolidate the annual regattas of the individual clubs into a single event known as the Virginia Sailing Regatta. The first of these wartime regattas was hosted by UYC on July 29-30, 1944 on the Rappahannock River off Urbanna.

"By all measures, the initial Virginia Sailing Regatta was a huge success. Seven one-design classes and one cruising division comprised the 79 regatta entries from over the entire Southern Bay area as well as Northern Virginia. The largest class were the Hampton O-D’s with 21 boats followed by 15 Junior Handicapped boats, 13 Cruising yachts, 12 Penguins, 8 Snipes, 4 Adult Handicapped boats, 4 Comets, and 2 Moths. Trophies for this event were War Bonds and Stamps."

So this trophy proves that the Regatta continued at least until 1949 - and the trophies were upgraded to copper!

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