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Sailing Weather Forecast
2019 Verve Cup
Chicago Yacht Club
Issued 0520 CDT 10 AUGUST 2019

NOTICE: There are no warnings or advisories posted for the sailing area. Monitor latest official NOAA forecasts and warnings for update information.

SYNOPSIS: After a light morning, today is shaping up to produce a light-moderate lake breeze for much of the afternoon. This transitions into a little bit of gradient breeze later, which helps maintain the wind through the afternoon and into the evening. Hopefully making the most of today’s sailing breeze, as tomorrow looks to get more complicated. Although winds will be OK tomorrow, a higher chance of showers and thunderstorms may make conditions more challenging.

This morning’s weather map shows that the center of high pressure has moved from west of Chicago last night to northern/central Indiana this morning. The gradient is nearly slack, but showing a SW drift in the circulation around the western side of the high. Low pressure is over the upper plains and moving slowly east. This low will be significant in tomorrows forecast. For today its main impact will be to increase cloud cover somewhat which may have the feedback of shading and slightly tamping down the thermal component.

Light SW winds this morning are forecast to diminish to light and variable. A wait while the lake breeze get going in the late morning or mid-day. Once established, the lake breeze should be light-moderate for the afternoon.

SW 5-10 at first this morning. Becoming light and variable or calm late morning. Then a patchy onshore wind from the E will develop mid- day, backing ENE and building to around 10 knots in the afternoon.

SEAS: Less than 1 ft. Chop up to 1 ft this afternoon, possible 1-2 ft later afternoon/evening.

WEATHER: Area of middle and high clouds will be overspreading Chicago from the northwest this morning. Some breaks of sun are expected later morning into the afternoon, but some broken cloud cover is expected all day. Cumulus will develop onshore on the lake breeze convergence front late morning, pushing inland during the afternoon.

TEMPERATURES: Upper-60sF this morning, warming to upper-70sF late this morning, then slight cooling on the lake breeze.


HEDGE: 1) Forecast Confidence: AVERAGE.
Models are in good agreement today and I used a model consensus to develop the forecast table above.

2) The SW wind this morning is not expected to hold. Today’s sailing breeze will be lake breeze from the E/ENE.

3) Incoming middle and high clouds may cause some problems for this forecast. It is important to get a bit of heating inland this morning/early afternoon to initiate and build thermal component. However the cloud may cause shading that will limit the thermal and could tamp down or at least slow down the sea breeze.

4) Generally speaking, the thicker and more persistent cloud cover is this morning, the slower the transition to lake breeze will be AND the lighter that breeze will be in the afternoon.

5) If we get the lake breeze turn as forecast, then watch for left- trending breeze on the initial build/fill. Oscillating direct most of the afternoon, but a right rend may initiate in the later afternoon as some gradient starts to get in the mix.

Tomorrow is going to be a tricky day. Low pressure will be west of Chicago, generating clouds, showers, and thunderstorms. This weather is expected to move across the area in a couple “waves” through the day. Moderate to possibly fresh SE/S gradient is forecast ahead of the low. Incoming showers and thunderstorms will cause variable winds, possible wind gusts and abrupt shifts.
AM: SSE/SE 13-17 chance of gusting 20.
MID_DAY: Becoming unstable around possible showers/thunderstorms mid- day.
PM: SE/SSE 13-17. Variable again later afternoon around more possible showers and thunderstorms.

SEAS: Rougher. 1-3 ft.

WEATHER: More clouds than sun. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning through mid-day. A break early afternoon, then more showers and thunderstorms possible again mid-/late-afternoon.

TEMPERATURES: Humid. Upper-60sF warming to Low-80sF

Chicago Yacht Club hosts the 28th Annual Verve Cup Regatta this Weekend

One of the largest course-racing regattas in North America, the Verve Cup is an annual world-class sailing event that attracts many national and international competitors. Both the 3-day Offshore Regatta and, later, the 2-day Inshore Regatta host well over 100 yachts combined to our beautiful Chicago lakefront and skyline.

For the Offshore Regatta, which takes place this weekend, August 8-11, 2019, participating yachts range in size from 25 to 80 feet, and carry crews from 4 to 20 racers. During the regatta, the Chicago Yacht Club will welcome over 2,000 racers, members, family members and friends to our award winning lakefront Monroe Station clubhouse. Each participant is treated to three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of top-notch racing, scenic views and outstanding organization. The 2019 Offshore Verve Cup also serves as the J/111 Pre-World Championship. The spectacular daily racing is all followed up by exceptional food (indoor dining or al fresco), entertainment and camaraderie.

Competitors participate in daily multiple windward-leeward races. 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 to be the most competitive section, “The Elite Fleet,” is awarded the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. TheVerve Cup Trophy dates back to 1893 and is the Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy. Likewise, for the one-day Saturday Distance race, brag flags and prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each of the four handicap sections and the first place winner by handicap is awarded the CYC's 8 Mile Buoy Trophy.

For the NOR, please click here.
For a list of Offshore Verve Cup Entries, please click
To register as Press or Media for the event, please click

On Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25, 2019, the Chicago Yacht Club will again host the Verve Cup Inshore Regatta at its conveniently located Belmont Station. Identical One-Design classes will compete for two days to determine which boat has the best skipper, crew and preparation.

Identical One-Design classes will compete for two days (Saturday and Sunday) to determine which boat has the best skipper, crew and preparation. Chicago Yacht Club members are again looking forward to hosting fleets of Etchells, Vipers, Star, Luders 16, Sonars, J/24s, Shields, Colgate 26s, Rhodes 19, Solings and J/70s this year. We are thrilled to be hosting the J/70 Great Lakes Championship this year during the Verve Inshore. Racing will take place on Friday through Sunday for the J/70 fleet.

For the NOR, please click here.
For a list of Inshore Verve Cup Entries, please click
To register as Press or Media for the event, please click

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 days for everyone to enjoy. Food, beverage and music are provided during each evening’s festivities. The Sundowner Party is held on the Saturday of the fantastic Offshore Verve Cup racing weekend where music, a free Mount Gay rum and Temperance Beer pour, and complementary appetizers, popcorn, pretzels and slushies abound.

This event would not be possible without the kindness and generosity of our 2019 Verve Cup sponsors, Mount Gay Rum, Temperance Beer, Skyway Yacht Works, Quantum Sailsand Yeti.

To contact the Regatta Manager, Sydney Symons, please click here.
To contact the Communications Director, Sara Proctor, please click here.

ABOUT CHICAGO YACHT CLUB: Founded in 1875, the Chicago Yacht Club is one of the oldest and most respected yacht clubs in the world. Its mission is to encourage, promote, and develop knowledge, participation, and enjoyment of all aspects of yachting. To that end, the Club hosts many world class competitions, including its signature Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and numerous North American and World Championships. The Club is also recognized as a leader in sailing education, with one of the largest junior sailing programs in the United States. The Club is home to more than 1400 members, including a winning America’s Cup skipper, Olympic medalists and hopefuls, and outstanding boaters of all types, from ages 4 to 104. The Club offers year-round activities for its diverse membership at two locations on the city’s shoreline, at Monroe and Belmont Harbors. Learn more at

2019 Verve Cup Dates Announced!

Mark your calendars!

The 2019 Verve Cup Offshore Regatta is on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11.

The 2019 Verve Cup Inshore Regatta is Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25.

Official Race Documents and Registration info will be posted as soon as it is available. If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring this exciting event, we would love to work with you, please don’t hesitate to email us for more information! We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in 2019!