Teams of amateur sailors representing more than two dozen yacht clubs from all over the United States will take to the waters of Narragansett Bay next September to compete in the fifth edition of the Resolute Cup, the country's premiere Corinthian keelboat championship. The regatta, which will be hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, September 10 to 15, 2018, is also the only pathway for an American yacht club to earn an invitation to the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, the first edition to be run in the new IC37 yacht.
The Resolute Cup event was first run in 2010, as the U.S. Qualifying Series, in response to the overwhelming interest from United States yacht clubs looking to participate in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. However, the regatta quickly developed its own identity as the de facto amateur national club keelboat championship.
"The enthusiasm for the Resolute Cup grows with every edition," says event chair Sarah Gochberg. "And it's easy to see why. The sailing conditions in Newport and competition are top-notch and the shoreside hospitality is on par with some of the best regattas around the world. The New York Yacht Club strives to make this regatta a memorable experience for all competitors, including the many sailors who return every other year to compete."
The 2018 Resolute Cup will be sailed in the New York Yacht Club's fleet of Sonars. Equalized rig tuning and provided sails will ensure this is a one-design regatta in the truest sense of the term, where the skill of the sailors on the boat decides the outcome of each race. Two days of qualifying will split the fleet into gold and silver groups. Scores from qualifying will not carry over to the championship and consolation rounds.
The process to request an invitation to the Resolute Cup is open, with a deadline of January 15 for clubs to complete their application. To find out more about the regatta, or to request an invitation