The Talbott Cup

The Talbott Cup is a year long 10th Fleet event that’s broken down into three seasonal 10th Fleet Challenges. It is loosely inspired by similar Cups in other Fleets, such as the San Martino Cup of 3rd Fleet and the Admiral’s Cup of 2nd Fleet. The ultimate goal of the Talbott Cup is to foster activity, camaraderie, healthy competition, and fellowship in 10th Fleet.
When a chapter or unit wins a 10th Fleet Challenge they take possession of the 10th Fleet Stein (pictured left). This 10th Fleet Stein is the physical manifestation of our Fleet’s pride and prestige. The victorious crew is charged with protecting the Fleet Stein and treating it as a trophy of honor. The Stein shall be conveyed to a different unit or chapter upon said unit’s victory in the next challenge as determined by the Fleet Command Staff.

Talbott Cup Eligibility

All 10th Fleet units (RMN, GSN, etc, vessels), Pinnaces, RMA units, and RMMC Assault Shuttles are eligible to participate. Individuals must be officially registered TRMN members who are officially assigned to chapter or unit they are participating with, and must appear on the chapter roster on the TRMN Database. Once an individual’s contribution is submitted to the 10th Fleet Staff Intelligence Officer and recorded, it may not be transferred to another chapter or unit, even if that member transfers during the course of the Challenge.
Any marine detachments (MARDET) assigned to a unit shall participate as members of that unit.

Winning the Cup

After the conclusion of the final challenge on December 15, 2017, the chapter or unit that has won the most Fleet Challenges wins the Talbott Cup! If no vessel has won more Challenges than any other, then the performances of the tied chapters or units over the individual challenges will be reviewed by the Fleet Command Staff to determine the overall Talbott Cup winner. The entire crew of that chapter or unit is awarded a Royal Meritorious Unit Citation. The 10th Fleet Stein stays in the hands of the vessel that won the third Fleet Challenge of the year, regardless of who won the Cup.

Talbott Cup Challenges for 2017

The three challenges for the 2017 Talbott Cup are:
1. Gunnery Challenge (February – May)
2. Reconnaissance Challenge (May – August)
3. Marksmanship Challenge (September – December)

Tenth Fleet Reconnaissance Challenge (OPEN)

Our second Fleet Challenge of the year runs from May 30th, 2017 to August 30th, 2017. Each chapter or unit selects one representative of their crew to send progress reports of their ship’s efforts at their own discretion (ie: it’s up to the representative and the unit’s CO if they wish to submit their progress reports weekly, monthly or all at once before the final date). Progress reports must be sent to Intel [at] talbottfleet [dot] org with “10th Fleet Recon Challenge” and the chapter or unit name in the subject line. They must be submitted as a spreadsheet (attachment or link). Progress spreadsheets must include the CO name and contact information, Chapter Liaison name and contact information, and last date updated. The content must include:

  • Numbered rows
  • One instance of geocaching per row
  • Date of the instance
  • Member name, rank, branch, RMN ID number of the participant (or lead member if it was a group)
  • Type of geocaching instance (‘find’ or ‘hide’)
  • URL link to the found log (if a ‘find’, mark N/A if a ‘hide’) on Geocaching.com
  • URL link to the geocache’s listing on Geocaching.com
  • The total number of hides, finds, and points at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Points are determined by the total number of find or hide instances, whether performed by a single member or a group. One member completing a find with an official log entry and Geocaching.com listing will count as one point.  Three members together completing a find with an official log entry and Geocaching.com listing will also only count as one point.  The chapter or unit with the most points and submitted in a progress report before midnight on August 30th, 2017 wins the challenge. The winning chapter or unit will be announced and presented with the 10th Fleet Cup at a following event (TBD).

Rules and Regulations:

  • The CO, XO, and Bosun of a participating chapter must have met their rank testing requirements.  Any chapter with a member of the Command Triad not tested to their rank shall be disqualified.
  • Only the Recon (Geocaching) activities or contributions of an officially listed member of a specific chapter (shown in the MEDUSA database) are eligible to participate on behalf of said chapter.
  • If a member moves from one chapter to another in the middle of the challenge period, all contributions by said member must be removed from the departing chapter and added to the arriving chapter.  The member’s contributions move with them from chapter to chapter.
  • A FREE account is required on Geocaching.com for each participating member.  Premium accounts are allowed but not required.
  • For this challenge an “officially logged find” instance is defined as a participant, or team of participants acting as a group, signing the geocache’s log, signing in to the Geocaching.com website, and logging their visit on the specific geocache’s page.
  • For this challenge an “officially logged hide” instance is defined as a geocache that has been created and hidden by a participating member, or team of participants acting as a group, then submitted for and cleared by Geocaching.com volunteer review, and be listed as a discoverable geocache on the Geocaching.com website.
  • All Geocaches that are created by participants must fully follow the Geocache Listing Requirements / Guidelines as found here: https://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx
  • A geocaching instance can be achieved by an individual or a group, but are worth the same single point. The number of individuals involved in a find or a hide is not relevant to this challenge, only the total number of instances of hides and finds correctly reported by the chapter. Example: Spacer Bill finds a geocache, signs its log, takes a photo for evidence, and then officially logs the find on Geocaching.com. This is a single officially logged find instance, worth a single point. Spacer Jane, Spacer Dave, and Ensign Fuzzy find a geocache together, all sign the log, take a photo for evidence, and each officially log the find on Geocaching.com. Despite the fact that three individuals have each logged the find on Geocaching.com, for the purpose of the Challenge this will only count as one single officially logged find instance, worth one point, not three. The instance should be recorded as only a single instance for the Challenge, with the lead member of the group listed. The same applies for instances of officially logged hides.
  • While group and individual instances are worth equal points, the same geocache can be found as a separate instance by a member of the same crew, so long as it occurred on a different date. Example: Spacer Bill finds geocache “alpha” on Tuesday and records an instance of an officially logged find. Spacer Jane, from the same chapter, later also finds geocache “alpha” on Wednesday, and is permitted to also record an instance of an officially logged find because the instances occurred separately.
  • While the same geocaches can be found and recorded as instances multiple times within the same Chapter, each geocache can only be found and recorded as an instance once per Chapter member during the Challenge Period. Example: Spacer Bill finds geocache “alpha” on Friday and records it as an instance. He can not personally find and record geocache “alpha” as an instance again during the challenge, though any of his Chapter-mates who have not already recorded geocache “alpha” may.
  • When possible and appropriate, it is suggested that members photograph or video themselves wearing TRMN related attire, such as con minimum uniform, while performing their geocaching activities. This is not a rule, just a recommendation that could further bolster their portfolio for the Black Sphinx Cup.
  • The Reconnaissance Challenge will be scored based on the total number of officially logged and created geocaches per chapter as listed above.

Tenth Fleet Marksmanship Challenge

Our last Fleet Challenge of the year runs from September 15th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017. Additional information TBA.  Please watch this area for details.

Tenth Fleet Gunnery Challenge (ENDED)

Our first Fleet Challenge of the year runs from February 15th, 2017 to May 15th, 2017. Each chapter or unit selects one representative of their crew to send progress reports of their ship’s efforts at their own discretion (ie: it’s up to the representative and the unit’s CO if they wish to submit their progress reports weekly, monthly or all at once before the final date). Progress reports must be sent to Intel [at] talbottfleet [dot] org with “10th Fleet Gunnery Challenge” and the chapter or unit name in the subject line. All progress reports must include the title of the book, the author, page count, date finished reading, ISBN if available, and the name, rank and TRMN member number of the person who read it.  All books are counted equally, with the exception of authors who are also TRMN members (excluding David Weber, see list of eligible authors here) whose works are worth double points. eBooks/Kindle/etc are counted as normal books. Short works of fiction, academic texts, trade journals, magazine compendiums or omnibuses, or technical training manuals of substantial volume are also potentially acceptable, but will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The chapter or unit with the most books read and submitted in a progress report before midnight on May 15th, 2017 wins the challenge. The winning chapter or unit will be announced and presented with the 10th Fleet Cup at the at BayCon in late May, 2017.

Rules and Regulations:

  • The CO, XO, and Bosun of a participating chapter must have met their rank testing requirements.  Any chapter with a member of the Command Triad not tested to their rank shall be disqualified.
  • Only the Gunnery (reading) activities or contributions of an officially listed member of a specific chapter (shown in the MEDUSA database) are eligible to participate on behalf of said chapter.
  • If a member moves from one chapter to another in the middle of the challenge period, all contributions by said member must be removed from the departing chapter and added to the arriving chapter.  The member’s contributions move with them from chapter to chapter.
  • Audiobooks and eBooks are eligible.  Their page counts/value will be equal to the most commonly listed page count of the corresponding physical book they’re based upon.  Final approval is given to the Fleet Challenge Director.
  • Magazines, Comics/Graphic Novels are NOT permitted or eligible for this challenge.
  • Each book is permitted to be used only once per person per challenge.
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