Dirigo Cup

DIRIGO CUP 

The cup, a silver urn 22 inches tall without its base and decorated with leaves and berries, was a baseball trophy for a company team in Chicago in the 1930s.

 In 1975, Walter J. Goes donated the Dirigo Cup to the Yacht Club as a perpetual trophy to be awarded in Class E to the winner of the Series B season championship. He chose the name for the cup and for his own Class E scow after the 314-foot four-masted merchant ship whose captain in the early 1900s was Lewis S. Colley, Walter’s maternal great grandfather. Commissioned in 1894 by Arthur Sewall & Company Shipyard in Bath, Maine, and launched in the Kennebec River, Dirigo was the first steel-hulled sailing ship built in the United States and had ports of call in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. “Dirigo,” Latin for “I lead,” is the motto for the state of Maine. The cup, a silver urn 22 inches tall without its base and decorated with leaves and berries, was a baseball trophy for a company team in Chicago in the 1930s. Goes found it in the early 1970s in a store in Linton, Wisconsin, where it was being used as a vase, and had it repaired and resilvered. It is engraved The Walter J. Goes Perpetual Trophy, The Dirigo Cup, with the names of its winners. In 2015, the Yacht Club added a wood base to accommodate additional names.

 

1973  Walter Goes

1998  Steve Schalk

 

 

1974  Bob and Jane Pegel

1999  Wendell Sherry

 

 

1975  Walter Goes

2000  Wendell Sherry       

 

 

1976  Clayton Gaylord

2001  Wendell Sherry 

 

 

1977  not  sailed for

2002  Wendell Sherry

 

 

1978  not sailed for

2003  Ken Wruk

 

 

1979  Jim Smith

2004  Steve Schalk

 

 

1980  Jim Smith

2005  Ken Wruk

 

 

1981  Jim Smith

2006  Scott Ripkey

 

 

1982  George Kiefer

2007  Steve Schalk

 

 

1983  Brian Porter

2008  Steve Schalk

 

 

1984  Charles Colman

2009  John D. Simms Jr.

 

 

1985  Mike Kurzawa

2010  Charles Colman

 

 

1986  Bob Harring

2011  Charles Colman

 

 

1987  Howard Ferguson

2012  R. J. Porter

 

 

1988  Steve Lyon

2013 R. J.  Porter

 

 

1989  not sailed for

2014  Steve Lyon

 

 

1990  not sailed for

2015  Thomas Freytag, Fireball

 

 

1991 not sailed for

2016 R.J. Porter, Full Throttle

 

 

1992 Jim McGinley

2017 R.J. Porter, Full Throttle

 

 

1993 Gene Wittenstrom

2018 Kyle Navin

 

 

1994  Steve Schalk

2019: Kyle Navin

 

 

1995  Steve Schalk

2020: Kyle Navin

 

 

1996  Bob Youngquist

 

 

 

1997  Jay Wittenstrom