The CMCS has a long tradition of special awards and recognition in all of areas of our club programs. Learn more about some of of unique awards and their history. To review the Society’s most honored participants, please enter our TROPHY ARCHIVES.
CMCS’ racing program currently uses the West Florida Performance Handicap Race Fleet (WFPHRF) System for handicapping its fleet. There are currently four classes – Multi-Hull, Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and True Cruising Classes.
Boats are scored in each class using the following formula:
Trophies will be awarded for first place and honorable mentions given based on the average number of starters in each class.
The scoring for True Cruising Class is enumerated above. Historically, CMCS had trophies for the yearly champions in spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes for some years. However, when WFPHRF created the True Cruising Class, we were without a trophy for this class.
Trudy Morris graciously donated one of her husbands’ trophies to us for this purpose. Truman, her husband, passed away a number of years ago. He was a charter member of CMCS, raced for at least 40 years and was competitive into his 80s. He competed against Dennis Conner, Ted Turner, Charlie Morgan and others in the old “SORC”, which at the time was the premier racing venue in the U.S. Truman also raced the Isla Mujeres Race, the Miami – Montego Bay, Jamaica Race, doing both several times. I raced with and against Truman several times in the Clearwater to Key West and Naples to Key West races.
Truman was a great friend and I remember him fondly. This gift honors his memory. As Abraham Lincoln said “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do so.”
Tom Gore, Rear Commodore Racing 2006
The Cruising and Exploration trophy honors the skipper of the boat that has logged the most cruising points. Each cruise is scored giving one point for each mile traveled from Marker 101, plus a 50 point bonus.
The Bomgardner Trophy honors the most “well-rounded” CMCS members by rewarding participation in racing, cruising and racing/cruising events. It is a perpetual trophy donated by Bud Bomgardner.
To be eligible for the Bomgardner Trophy:
Members will receive cruising and racing points independently. For race/cruise events, it is not necessary to participate in the cruise to earn race points and it is not necessary to participate in the race to earn cruise points. Each member earns participation points based on the following criteria.
The boat meeting the above criteria, and earning the most points in a year, receives the honor.
The scoring period shall include the preceding year’s Holiday Cruise, up to, but not including, the current year’s Holiday Cruise.