2018 will mark the 63rd edition of this classic 46nm race. Run annually the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend, these competitors typically race to Stratford Shoal and back... The nickname "Gearbuster" attests to the usually boisterous weather we enjoy in October, often resulting in unforeseen damage. Racing includes fully crewed and double-handed divisions plus a shorter 19nm course for non-spinnaker divisions.
2018 Race Documents
Yachtscoring Event Website (more info, scores, etc.)
In 2016 the weather was far from gearbusting and the committee, fearing boats would opt out or not finish, wisely elected to introduce shorter courses. This proved prescient as while the boats had wind to get around the course it was dropping out as they finished.
The Windward Cup
This trophy was presented by Commodore George Lauder in 1956 for the Division One winner in the Stratford Shoal Race. It is currently awarded to the overall winner on corrected time on the long course.
Coyote - Bill Clemens
Attractive Nuisance - Jonathan & Karin Nye
Gemini - James Coffman
Ropeburn - Tim O'Brien
The William H. Todd Trophy
This trophy is awarded to the second-place finisher on corrected time on the long course.
2017 Belles Filles
- Joseph Healey Sr.
2016 Bellerophon - Rick & Skip Sinclair
2015 Thin Man
- Todd Aven
- Steve Levy