Monday, September 5, 2022

Spud Cup 2022

The annual Spud Cup took place over the Labor Day weekend. Results are as follows...

J24 Fleet... 1st Robert Hyslop; 2nd Patrick Cirillo, 3rd Ashli Slawter

Capri 25 Fleet... 1st Ben Towery; 2nd Jon Totten; Al Reuter

PHRF A mixed fleet... 1st Forest Bell; 2nd David Cohen; 3rd Ivan Ramir

PHRF B mixed fleet... 1st Steven George; 2nd Jim Doudna; 3rd Adrian Gasparotti

Sorry with the mixed fleets there is no mention of brand/model of boats sailed.

For full results and info visit

Sorry I was unable to attend the Spud Cup this year, actually I have never attended this regatta as they do not allow small day sailors to race due to logistics and that includes Hobie Cats. However, I plan to attend next year with my Malbec18 sportboat, which is allowed in this regatta.

I am surprised there are no videos of the Spud Cup regatta/racing in Sandpoint Idaho USA. However here are two nice video of Sandpoint and the lake. Next year after attending this regatta I will post some video.

The world famous Spud Cup has roots in the early days of the LPOYC. There used to be a 2-day race on the weekend before Labor Day, called the Challenge Cup. It was patterned after the Chelen Regatta, which several Laser racers used to attend. There was a primary focus on one design, with handicap fleets also. The Chelan Regatta ran 2 Saturday races and 1 Sunday. We wanted more races on a shorter course. Boats that came from Bayview stayed the week and then raced the Labor Day Race from Sandpoint to Bayview. It was well attended for 4 or 5 years until racing died on the north end. After forming SSA, we felt the need to resurrect the Challenge Cup. In looking for an appropriate perpetual trophy, Ron Berg, who designed some of our earlier t-shirts, found (In his yard sale stuff) the now famous spud bowl. We had it mounted on a trophy base with room for lots of winner’s names. We now had a wonderful (spud) trophy, Peter Mico at Spuds Restaurant was providing food, and our regatta was rivaling Idaho’s other top export. It was fate! It had to be named Spud Cup! At the awards following the first Spud Cup, the trophy was sitting on the picnic table. Someone asked to get a picture of the winners. They were all sitting on one side of the table. When they stood, the table tipped, and our wonderful trophy was shattered! Over the following winter, Scott Richardson did an admirable job of gluing it back together. Winning the Spud Cup has become a major accomplishment. After the J24 Districts (In conjunction with Spud Cup), one of the top J24 sailors in the world, Keith Wittemore, was thrilled to have his name added to the cup!

Spud Cup takes place the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend with registration on Friday. The event includes a dinner, live music and great sailing. Spud Cup 2022 entries included 4 A fleet boats, 10 J24s, 10 Capri 25s and 4 B fleet boats travelled in from the south end of the lake, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. We also hosted the first annual Jr. regatta, aptly named the Tater Tot Cup, on the Friday preceding the event. Boats and Jr.’s travelled over from North Flathead Yacht Club and Coeur d’Alene Youth Sailing Club to compete.


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