One of the largest course-racing events in North America, The Verve Cup, has developed into a world-class regatta, attracting many national and international competitors. This three-day sailing event hosts well over 100 yachts annually to the beautiful Chicago lakefront and skyline.
Annually, the Chicago Yacht Club hosts the Verve Cup Regatta in August. This event features two three-day events, the Offshore Regatta with a separate one-day Distance Race and the Inshore Regatta following later in the month. Participating yachts range in size from 25 to 80 feet, and carry crews from 4 to 20 racers. During the regatta, we, the Chicago Yacht Club, welcome over 2,000 racers, family members and friends to our award winning lakefront Monroe Station clubhouse. Each participant is treated to three days of top notch racing, scenic views and outstanding organization. This spectacular daily racing is all followed up by exceptional food (indoor dinning or el fresco), entertainment and camaraderie.
Competitors participate daily in multiple windward-leeward races, and boats sail either in a rating handicap section, so boats of different size and character may compete against each other, or in a One-Design section. Typically there are 18 racing sections dispersed among three racing circles. Brag flags and prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each section and one offshore boat, the winner in what is determined by formula the most competitive section, is awarded the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup trophy dates back to 1893 and is the Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy.
Likewise, brag flags and prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each of the four handicap sections for the Distance Race and the first place winner by handicap is awarded the CYC's 8 Mile Buoy Trophy.
Merchandise, clothing, equipment and souvenirs are available for sale to all the racers, their families and friends. Race sponsors set-up kiosks and displays during the race week for everyone to enjoy. Food, beverage and music are provided during each evening’s festivities.
The Sundowner Party is held on the Saturday of this fantastic racing weekend were music, free rum pour, and complementary appetizers, popcorn, pretzels and slushies abound.