One of the largest course-racing events in North America, the Verve Cup Offshore has developed into a world-class regatta attracting many national and international competitors. Annually, this 3-day sailing event hosts well over 100 yachts to our beautiful Chicago lakefront and skyline.
On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11, 2019, the Chicago Yacht Club will host the 28th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. This event will feature three days of offshore buoy racing and a separate Saturday distance race. Annually, this event hosts over 100 yachts ranging in size from 25-70 feet, and carry crews from 4-20 racers. During this regatta, the Chicago Yacht Club looks forward to welcoming more than 2,000 racers, family members and friends to its award-winning lakefront Monroe Station Clubhouse.
For the 3-day regatta, boats will sail either in a handicap section or in a one-design section. Brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each section. The winner in what is determined by formula to be the most competitive section, “The Elite Fleet,” will be awarded the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup trophy dates back to 1893 and is the Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy.
Likewise, for the Saturday, August 10, 2019, Distance Race, brag flags and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each of the four handicap sections and the first place winner in the fleet determined by handicap will be awarded the 8 Mile Buoy Trophy.
Food, beverage and music will be provided during each evening’s festivities in the Race Village at Monroe Station, and the Sundowner Party will be held on Saturday, August 10. Members and non-members, crews, families and friends may utilize all the food and beverage amenities of the Chicago Yacht Club for breakfast, lunch and dinner during this three day festival including bar service, BBQ offerings, al fresco dining and inside dining with a relaxed dress code. Please come to race and stay to enjoy our wonderful views and dining experiences.
The Verve Cup Distance Race Awards will be given out during the Saturday Sundowner Party, and the three day Verve Cup Regatta Awards, including the Verve Cup Overall winner, will be given out during the Sunday Awards Party.