COVID-19 pandemic cancels Resolute Cup

Published on July 8th, 2020

The New York Yacht Club has made the decision to cancel the sixth edition of the Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, scheduled for September 14-19, 2020.

“We looked at all the options to run this event, but in the end we couldn’t find an acceptable solution,” says William P. Ketcham, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. “This is a provided-boat event that draws teams from across the country.

“While many of the invited teams recently expressed a willingness to travel to the regatta, there is simply no way to ensure the safety of the competitors and New York Yacht Club membership and staff, and run a competition that meets the high standard set by previous editions of this regatta.”

The Resolute Cup was first run in 2010 as the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The biennial regatta, which is sailed out of the New York Yacht Club Harbor Court, has since developed an identity.

Yacht clubs from around the United States send their best amateur sailors to Newport, RI, to compete for national bragging rights while also pursuing the coveted berth in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing’s premiere international Corinthian big-boat regatta.

The 2020 edition was to use the New York Yacht Club’s fleet of 23-foot Sonars and a fleet of RS21s provided by regatta sponsor RS Sailing. The plan for the 2022 edition, which is scheduled for September 12 to 17, 2022, is to again feature these two fleets of boats.

Teams that requested an invitation to to the 2020 edition will get first crack at the berths in the 2022 event. Space permitting, other interested clubs will be able to submit their RFI in late 2021. For more, ResoluteCup.com

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