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Newport Harbor Yacht Club

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Newport Beach, Calif.

Founded 1916

Newport Harbor


Established in 1916, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s history has been intertwined with the development of the city of Newport Beach and its world-renowned yachting and recreational harbor. Host to a long list of international and national championships, NHYC is known by many sailors as a serious sailboat racing venue with a relaxed atmosphere.


The 2016 Resolute Cup, which will be sailed out of the New York Yacht Club’s majestic Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, R.I., Sept. 12 to 17, is an evolution of the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The re-branding of the USQS, sailed every even year since 2010, is a tribute to the interest and effort committed to the event by clubs from all corners of the United States, and nearly everywhere in between as well. While it was launched as a feeder event, the Resolute Cup has grown into the unofficial keelboat championship for the United States yacht clubs.

Three different clubs won the three previous editions of the regatta, and each will return to contest the fourth. The defending champion is Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Harbor, Calif.), which also placed third in 2010 and fourth in 2012. Skipper Justin Law, a native of Southern California, is new to the Resolute Cup, but not to Newport, R.I., nor the New York Yacht Club.

“Anything at the New York Yacht Club is always really well run,” he says. “I spent three summers coaching at Sail Newport. I love Newport in the summer, so any chance to get back I take.”

Law is quick to add that this event is distinct from almost every other keelboat regatta, and that representing his home club will only add to the challenge.

“The club is really looking to qualify for the Invitational Cup,” says Law, noting that only the top two boats in the Resolute Cup will be guaranteed a spot in the 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup. “We know the pressure is there, but I don’t think we’ll start feeling it until we get to Newport.”

SKIPPER - Justin Law

TACTICIAN - Whit Batchelor