TORONTO, CANADA, April 16, 2015 – The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) of Toronto, the custodian of the Canada’s Cup, has issued a Call for Challenge to all qualified Great Lakes yacht clubs for a 2016 Canada’s Cup International Championship Match Race Series (2016 Series) in modern 8 Metre yachts.  The 2016 Series to be hosted at the RCYC’s Toronto Island clubhouse in September, 2016 will represent the pinnacle of nation-to-nation grand prix yacht challenges between Canada and the United States. 

Yacht clubs situated on the Great Lakes, being members of either US Sailing, or Sail Canada, are eligible to compete in the 2016 Canada’s Cup International Championship Match Race Series.  The RCYC is the current defender of the Canada’s Cup, since its win over the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Michigan in 2011. 

This historic event will mark the 120th anniversary of the Canada’s Cup competition, which has been preserved since 1896 as a perpetual challenged cup for friendly competition between qualified yacht clubs of the two nations.  There have been 23 Canada’s Cup Series with the United States winning 13 and Canada winning 10. The Canada’s Cup Series was raced in classic 8 Metre yachts multiple times from 1930 to 1954. 

The 2016 Series in modern 8 Metre yachts will mark the first year since 1954 that 8 Metre yachts will compete for the Cup.  Previously, 8 Metre yachts that were raced  for the Canada’s Cup were the more classical designs of the time when raced in the 30sand 50s.  Traditionally, Canada’s Cup competition encouraged design innovation and excellence in competitive sailing.  It is particularly appropriate to now have modern 8 Metre yachts with their own distinctive design innovation to race for the Canada’s Cup. 

​The 2016 competition will be focused on amateur sailors of the yacht clubs, with the race course being windward and leeward legs. Each country will conduct elimination trials with the winner of each meeting in the Canada’s Cup finals. 

Sodus Bay Yacht Club Welcomes You


US Challenger Trials

2016 Canada's Cup ​​International Match Race Series 

US Challenger Trials

   July 6 -10, 2016

US Challenger Trials Schedule


July 6th   1700: Opening Ceremonies. Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres in the clubhouse.
July 7th   1000: 3 Races
July 8th   1000: 3 Races
July 9th   1000: 3 Races
July 9th   1800: Dining Room Menu - Reservations Please
July 10th 1000: Make Up Races if needed
Closing Ceremonies following the completion of Match Race Series

Call to Challenge

Eastern Yachting Circuit Regatta   July 14, 15, 16    2016

Venue Information

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, the current holder of the Canada's Cup and Defender of Record has selected Sodus Bay Yacht Club as the Challenger of Record for the 2016 Canada's Cup.

Canada's Cup is a best of 7 Match Racing series which began in 1869.  The series pits a Canadian yacht club located on the Great Lakes against a US yacht club which must also be located on the Great Lakes. There have been 23 challenges over the years with the US winning 13 times, including Rochester Yacht Club who won the cup 6 times in the early part of the 20th century. The finals of this year's series will be held September 10th to the 14th at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto.​

US Challenger Trials 

​Boat A   -   Yquem       - 4

Boat B   -   Natural       - 0

Boat C   -   Alluette      - 2

Great Sodus Bay, Lake Ontario, New York

Information to Help You Plan Your Stay

Great Sodus Bay is a beautiful vacation spot and some competitors will want to make a weeks’ vacation of this event. Vacation rentals are available throughout the bay. Bed and breakfast accommodations and room rentals are also available.  

You and your crew can stay on your boat rafted in our deep harbor or stay in a tent on SBYC’s lawn.   If you need to bring your boat to Sodus the weekend before the races, arrangements will be made to accommodate your boat for those days before the start of the Regatta. 

Sodus Point is a popular summer destination so whatever your plans, reservations should be made as early as possible.

US Customs information is on the website's visitors page.

A few sites that can help you plan your accommodations (includes Bed & Breakfasts):

There are also several hotels located within 20-25 minutes of the venue.  They include:

  • Fairfield Inn:  915 Hard Road, Webster, NY 14580  (585) 671-1500
  • Hampton Inn:  878 Hard Road, Webster, NY  14580   (585) 671-2050
  • Holiday Inn Express:  860 Holt Road, Webster, NY 14580   (585) 872-0900

Local Attractions 

For those who may be accompanying racers but not racing themselves, here is partial list of attractions that are within a short drive of the yacht club that you may wish to visit before, after, or during your stay in Sodus Point.

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
7606 N. Ontario St, Sodus Point, NY  14555; (315) 483-4936

Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club
7030 Bayview Drive, Sodus Point, NY 14555; (315) 483-6777

Chimney Bluffs State Park 

7700 Garner Road Wolcott, NY 14590; (315) 947-5205

Beechwood State Park
7563 Lake Road, Sodus, NY 14551; (315)-483-6934

Cracker Box Palace, Farm Animal Haven  

6450 Shaker Road, Alton, NY 14413; (315) 483-2493

Artisans Loft
4135 Mill Street, Pultneyville, NY  14538

Lake Ontario Wine Trail 
4287 Jersey Road, Williamson, NY  14589

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