On August 25, 2008, New York Yacht Club Commodore Charles H. Townsend announced the inaugural New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, an invitational fleet-racing regatta, scheduled to take place September 15-19, 2009. Its essence is to bring together amateur yacht club teams to compete against teams from around the world. The sailing will be tough and demanding, allowing each club to demonstrate the skills of its top sailors.
Commodore Townsend remarked, “This event will once again bring the Corinthian spirit to the forefront of the sport and enable us to share the excitement of sailing on the waters of Rhode Island Sound.”
Invitations were sent to many of the world’s most prominent yacht clubs to compete in this first biennial event, to be held at Harbour Court, the NYYC’s on-the-water clubhouse in Newport, R.I.
The NYYC Invitational Cup is for Corinthian (amateur) sailors representing their yacht clubs and their nations. Said Commodore David K. Elwell Jr., “This is a unique opportunity for team development around the world, and we anticipate seeing many leading young sailors competing for this magnificent trophy and enjoying the chance to race at one of the pre-eminent yacht clubs.”
Racing on Rhode Island Sound will utilize the newly developed NYYC Swan 42 fleet – the eighth onedesign class created by the NYYC since 1905 – and it is anticipated that many teams will bring their own boats in which to compete. Other teams will charter boats through the NYYC.
Prizes will be awarded to the top-three teams, and the winning yacht club’s name will be engraved on the NYYC Invitational Cup, donated by former-Commodore Robert L. James and former NYYC Trustee Charles A. Robertson, that will be permanently on display at New York Yacht Club’s 44th Street Clubhouse in Manhattan.