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.

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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.

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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.

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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 chicagoyachtclub.org.