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North American Challenge Cup

The North American Challenge Cup is an annual regatta for disabled sailors co-sponsored by the Chicago Yacht Club and the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation. Our trophies, found in a trophy case at Belmont Station, recognize winning racers, outstanding performance by new sailors, and sportsmanship both on and off the water.

North American Challenge Cup Trophies


  • American Eagle Trophy
    • American Eagle Trophy

      Donated by American Airlines in the inaugural year of the North American Challenge Cup in 1992.


      American Airlines is one of the Founding Partners of the NACC, and their support continues to be a significant factor in the event’s global reach. American very generously provides transportation to competitors and a companion for this annual national championship of disabled sailors. The Eagle Trophy is awarded to the top team in our Freedom 20 Class for double handed crew.


      List of Winners

  • Marcy Gorov Memorial Rookies of the Year Trophy
    • Marcy Gorov Memorial Rookies of the Year Trophy

      Donated by Art Gorov to the NACC in memory of his daughter who overcame her physical challenges to sail during her short life.


      The trophy is awarded to the team or individual who, in the opinion of the regatta committee, comes to the regatta with the least amount of sailing experience and gives the best overall performance.


      List of Winners

  • Judd Goldman Trophy
    • Judd Goldman Trophy

      Donated by the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation in 2008 as the top award to those competing in our Sonar Class for triplehanded crew.


      As president of the foundation, Peter Goldman, a longtime Chicago Yacht Club member and advocate of sailing competition, has guided the foundation as is provides sailing opportunities for the disabled though the Chicago Park District. The foundation has also provided many of the boats for the NACC.


      List of Winners

  • Chicago Yacht Club North American Challenge Cup Trophy
    • Chicago Yacht Club North American Challenge Cup Trophy

      New in 2008, this trophy was donated by Chicago Yacht Club in support of the Club’s North American Challenge Cup.


      The Club is using this permanent trophy to recognize the top sailor in the 2.4mR Class for singlehanded crew..


      List of Winners

  • Pete Paganis Sportsmanship Trophy
    • Pete Paganis Sportsmanship Trophy

      This trophy will be awarded to the regatta participant who best exemplifies the ideals of good sportsmanship both on and off the water during the regatta, as chosen by the popular vote of all regatta competitors.

      Donated in 1995 by Past Commodore Bill Parks to the club as a sportsmanship award for the North American Challenge Cup, this trophy is a painting of Star Class boats on the race course done by Pete Paganis. The story behind the painting: Pete, racing sailor, was a quadriplegic painter due to a tragic automobile accident. As a painter in his restrained condition, the lead in the brush handle paint nearly did him in and forced him to change to a head mounted brush holder. Prior to his accident, Pete was a racing sailor, known for his consistently high level of sportsmanship when faced with altercations on the race course. Known not only as an active dinghy racer, Peter was also skilled offshore crew on Fleetwood, a frequent Mac winner in its day.



      List of Winners