Weems & Plath is honored to be the sponsor of the new Triple Crown of Charity Sailing trophy. To be eligible to win this trophy, participants must race in three prestigious charity events in our hometown of Annapolis – the Leukemia Cup, the CRAB Cup, and the Hospice Cup.
When we were asked to create a trophy that was fitting for these renowned charity sailing events, our president, Peter Trogdon knew exactly what to do.
Here’s the back story: just two years ago, he was invited to visit the facility of a boating association that was closing its doors. The organization asked him if there was anything he’d like to have before they donated the rest to Goodwill.
One item that caught Peter’s eye was a discarded trophy in a gigantic glass case sitting on the floor next to a stack of books. The top of the sailboat’s mast had been severed and glued back on. In circa 1934, the trophy was awarded annually as the Navigators Cruise Award by the association. Even in its abandoned state the trophy looked quite regal. Peter saw the potential and brought it back to Weems & Plath where it sat in his office for 2 years until the right opportunity came along for re-purposing.
As soon as he received the request for this new Triple Crown award, Peter knew this trophy would be perfect. It needed sprucing up, so the sailboat/globe was shipped to a company that nickel-plated it so that it wouldn’t tarnish. A new silver base was ordered and our expert engraver, David Nardini, created the plaque that sits beside the trophy. The finished trophy is stunning!
Last Thursday evening, the new trophy was unveiled at a kickoff party at Port Annapolis Marina, where sailors and supporters of these three important charities gathered to see this spectacular award which will be awarded for the first time this fall.