One of the largest course-racing regattas in North America, the Verve Cup is an annual world-class sailing event attracting many national and international competitors. Both the 3-day Offshore Regatta and, later, the 2-day Inshore Regatta host well over 100 yachts to our beautiful Chicago lakefront and skyline.
Annually, the Chicago Yacht Club hosts the Verve Cup Regatta in August. This event features a three-day Offshore Regatta with a separate one-day Distance Race in the beginning of August, and a two-day Inshore Regatta with a separate Radio Controlled sailboat series later in the month.
Verve Cup Offshore Regatta:
For the Offshore Regatta, 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 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of top notch racing, scenic views and outstanding organization. The spectacular daily racing is all followed up by exceptional food (indoor dinning 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. The Verve 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.
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.
Verve Cup Inshore Regatta:
The Verve Cup Inshore Regatta is a spectacular sailing event geared towards the smaller trailer-able One-Design racing boats. Hosted each August by the Chicago Yacht Club at its scenic and conveniently located Belmont Station, the Verve Cup Inshore is the most popular inshore regatta in Chicagoland. Identical boats in One-Design Fleets compete for two days (Saturday and Sunday) to determine which boat has the best skipper, crew and preparation. Fleets only need five boats to register to participate, so mobilize your class and sign up for some great racing at CYC's Belmont Station held each August! Etchells, Vipers, Star, Sonars, Shields, Colgate 26, Luders 16, Rhodes 19, Solings, J/70s and J/24s were all part of the competition in past years.
Each year the Verve Cup Inshore seems to get bigger and better, and the Chicago Yacht Club is working feverishly to assure that this year’s Verve Cup Inshore again will have the best One-Design sailing around. Our venue features optimal late summer breezes, competitive racing, and the best race committee on the water. The Verve Cup Inshore delivers outstanding racing with parties held at the conclusion of each day's racing. Big name sponsors providing premium swag and generous free pours turn the evening party into a real blast. Get on-board for the Verve Cup Inshore, arguably the best One-Design Sailing event in the Midwest!