Sea Star Base Galveston recently hosted the 9th biennial William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup Regional Regatta Trial, “Aggie Cup,” on Saturday, Sept. 23, on Offatt’s Bayou, 7409 Broadway.

The oldest continuing qualifier for the Koch Cup, the regatta is open to any Sea Scout Crew in a Southern Region Ship, and is one of four races held in Scouting’s Southern Region. Qualifiers from the regatta will compete in the William I Koch International Sea Scout Cup to be held at Sea Star Base Galveston in 2018. The regatta director is skipper Dan Wilson.

Admission to the race was open to all Southern Region and is governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, Boy Scouts of America Guide to Safe Scouting, posted Aggie Cup sailing instructions and the Official Notice of Racing. The regatta is a Sea Scouts BSA event. Sailors compete on FJs, or Flying Junior, which are popularly used to teach young sailors the skills of boat handling and racing.

At the conclusion of the races, following the protest and penalty review, winners were announced as follows:

First place: Ship 1000, Andrew Vandling and Isaac Barkely

Second place: Ship 45, Ryan Shaw and Kaytlynn Welsch

Third place: Ship 846, Zander Sexton and Simon Sexton

Fourth place: Ship 45, Jonathan Franks and Bo Steber

Fifth place: Ship 45, Esteban Garcia and Amber Steber

Sea Star Base Galveston is a high-adventure aquatic destination offering marine and maritime education programs that foster teamwork, skills, lifetime leadership and independence in body, mind and spirit. The base offers sailing and educational programs for youth, adults, and physically challenged individuals.

For information on upcoming regattas or SSBG Community Sailing programs, go to or call 409-572-2560.

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