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Offshore Trophies

These trophies are awarded to the winners of Chicago Yacht Club sponsored offshore regattas. Included is the Verve Cup, the Club’s oldest award dating back to 1884. These trophies can be found in the trophy cases in Monroe Station.

 

Offshore Trophies


  • The Verve Cup
    • The Verve Cup

      The Verve Cup is the oldest piece of sterling awarded by Chicago Yacht Club. In the spring of 1884 the “Scotch cutter” Verve was brought to Chicago by Commodore E.W. Ayer.

      She had been built by G.L. Watson on the Clyde and had “won 16 races in the last yar”. She was a typical plank-on-edge cutter of the time; 45 feet overall, 38.7 feet on the water, a 7.6 foot draft, a 3.0 foot freeboard, and 6 feet of headroom in the cabin. On July 12, 1884, in the Annual Regatta of the Chicago Yacht Club she won the “second” (smaller) class and beat all of the boats in the first class on corrected time. Her prize was “a silver cup, value $125”. This cup was returned to the Chicago Yacht Club in 1964 and placed in service as the time prize for a two day regatta in the Offshore Fleet. The Verve Cup Regatta grew into a three day event in 1993 and in 2010 became the largest offshore course race regatta in North America.


      List of Winners

  • Hamilton Club Trophy
    • Hamilton Club Trophy

      This trophy was given in 1926 by the Hamilton Club of Chicago to the Chicago Yacht Club for Chicago Yacht Club's Triangular Race sailed over Labor Day each year.

      From 1926 through 1934 it was restricted to yawl, schooners and ketches in the cruising division. During these years the entire race was under the jurisdiction of Chicago Yacht Club. In 1926 the race was from Belmont to St. Joseph, St. Joseph to Michigan City, and Michigan City to Belmont via Jackson Park. In 1927 it was run Van Buren Street, St. Joseph to Michigan City to Jackson Park. From 1928 through 1933 it was run in two legs only, Chicago to Black Lake and return. From 1935 through 1939 it was sailed in three legs and was opened to all cruising yachts. Jackson Park YC sponsored the first leg between Jackson Park and Michigan City, Chicago Yacht Club the second leg between Michigan City and St. Joseph, and Columbia YC the final leg between St. Joseph and Van Buren Street. In 1940 the order of the race legs was reversed. After a gradual decline in participation for the Tri-State regatta, the trophy was awarded one last time for the Bi-State (Chicago-St Joseph-Chicago) in 2012. In 2013, the Hamilton Club Trophy will enjoy a fr3esh start as the trophy for a new CYC distance race, the CYC Hamilton Trophy Night Race. Run as part of the CYC Annual Cruise to Racine, any CYC member sailboat game for the adventure can participate in the race.

      The Hamilton Club was a social club of Republican affiliation formed in 1890, located in its later years in the Loop with membership peaking at 3800, and was dissolved in 1937. The Hamilton Club Trophy is in the form of a silver plated Nef. A Nef is a term used to refer to a vessel shaped like a ship, used in the later Middle Ages for the lord's napkin, knife and spoon. By the 16th Century they were used as table ornaments and status symbols, especially in Germany and Switzerland.


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  • Commodore's Cup
    • Commodore's Cup

      This trophy was given to the club in 1933 by Commodore Otto C. Schoenwerk, Vice Commodore Malcom D. Vail, and Rear Commodore Kenneth G. Smith. Through 1940, the Cup was sailed for in a 3-race series open to all Universals on a handicap basis.

      In 1951, the trophy was brought back into service and was awarded for a July 4th weekend series for R-Class boats through 1973. In the early 1980’s, it was awarded for an offshore race, and since 2007 it has been the trophy for the Commodore’s Cup offshore race which replaced the Frank Hayes race.


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  • Eight Mile Buoy Trophy
    • Eight Mile Buoy Trophy

      On very old charts the turning mark for shipping lanes into the busy Port of Chicago was the Eight Mile Gas Buoy.

      Located somewhat ENE at a distance of eight nautical miles, it was illuminated with a gas light in the days before storage batteries and electric lights. It made a great corner mark for the triangular races popular among the schooners raced by members in the early decades of he club. First awarded in 1936, it later became the award for a club sponsored offshore race weekend.  From 2007 through 2009, it was given as a PHRF division trophy. Since 2010, it has been awarded for the distance races in the Verve Cup Regatta.




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  • Sheldon Clark Trophy
    • Sheldon Clark Trophy

      Sheldon Clark was commodore from 1920 to 1923 but his cultivation of yacht racing continued on for three decades.

      In 1927 he, along with a number of members, established a trophy fund to offer several new trophies. The Sheldon Clark Cruising Division Time Prize was first offered at the 1927 Fall Regatta which later became known as the Sheldon Clark Regatta. In 1988 rating rules had become more numerous among the offshore boats so an overall regatta award was discontinued. The tradition was restarted in 2006 but the weather was not cooperative for the first two revival years. The trophy for the best time in the Chicago Mackinac Race and the Bayview Mackinac Race and an Inshore Fleet trophy also bear the name of Sheldon Clark.



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  • Rubaiyat Trophy
    • Rubaiyat Trophy

      Given in 1951 by Robert Heiss in honor of fellow racer Hank Rubinkam, owner of the 50 foot ketch Rubaiyat, the trophy was the corrected time prize for the Waukegan to Chicago Race run by Chicago Yacht Club.

      The club gave up operation of the race in 1999 as racing calendar dates were being traded with other clubs. The trophy remains on the shelf for future Offshore Fleet or Mackinac Race use.


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  • Cruising Fleet Ladies Skipper Trophy
    • cruising Fleet Ladies Skipper Trophy

      Since 1990 there has been a race with ladies at the helm on Cruising Fleet yachts.

      The race has been sailed on a variety of medium distance courses.







      List of Winners