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. 


Offshore Racing

Inshore Racing

The Chicago Yacht Club hosts over 125 races during a season.


The Chicago Yacht Club Race Committee consists of over 100 dedicated volunteers, both CYC members and non-members. The Club is proud to have over 25 U.S. Sailing certified race officers in its ranks, and most other volunteers have participated in race management seminars and training programs.

The Chicago Yacht Club Race Committee facilitates a fair, quality, and competitive racing program. Race Committee volunteers are those who love being on the water and who are interested in learning more about race management.

The Chicago Yacht Club hosts over 125 races during a season, including the Race to Mackinac, the Sailing World Chicago NOOD Regatta, and the Chicago Yacht Club Verve Regattas. Other events include the the NACC for Disabled Sailors, One Design Seasonal Championship Racing, Wednesday night "Beer Can" racing, and "Frostbiting" in both the spring and fall.

We are always looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers to join our Race Management program. If you are interested in getting involved, contact our Regatta Manager, Sydney Symons at (312) 861-7771 or


The Chicago Yacht Club recognizes that the strength of the regatta can be determined by the quality of the partnerships developed with the sponsors involved. 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors that have helped make
The Verve Cup Regatta a success year after year.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.



For over 30 years, Mount Gay has been a sponsor of competitive sailing, playing host to over 150 regattas around the globe each year. Today, Mount Gay is a highly-regarded figure in the sailing world.

To learn more and stay up to date with Mount Gay Rum’s regatta events, please visit their Sailing Spoken Here Facebook page.

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