The Crocodile, skippered by Scott Ward, sailed to victory at the 41st running of the Governor’s Cup.

LtCol Scott Ward, USMC (ret), and his crew sailed to victory in the 41st running of the St. Mary’s College (SMCM) Governor’s Cup, Annapolis route, held August 1-2, 2014.  Finishing the race in 9 hours, 6 minutes and 57 seconds, the Crocodile and crew were named the winners of The Patuxent Partnership’s trophy, as well as the coveted SMCM Alumni trophy.

The SMCM Governor’s Cup, Annapolis route, which is the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay, begins in Annapolis on Friday afternoon and ends on Saturday when the boats arrive at the finish line at SMCM.  This year’s race was especially challenging due to the rain and wind.  None the less, Skipper Ward and crew were able to brave the storm and bring the Crocodile to the finish line ahead of 81 other competitors.

Avian, a longtime member of The Patuxent Partnership, sponsors the Crocodile and the many races she competes in.  “We couldn’t be more pleased to present the 2014 TPP trophy to Scott and the Avian team.   “It’s great to see our members participating in so many different activities within the community.  The Governor’s Cup is just one more example of Avian’s commitment to workforce retention and community involvement” said Bonnie Green, Executive Director of The Patuxent Partnership.

Congratulations to the entire Crocodile crew, Scott Ward (Skipper), Matt Fafoutis, Ben Yanuzzi, Matt Brennan, Shane Morast (Navigator), Kristin Pederson, and James “Buddy” Denham.

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