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
Boat A - Yquem - 4
Boat B - Natural - 0
Boat C - Alluette - 2
2016 Canada's Cup International Match Race Series
US Challenger Trials
July 6 -10, 2016
US Challenger Trials Schedule
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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
ROYAL CANADIAN YACHT CLUB
Call to Challenge
Eastern Yachting Circuit Regatta July 14, 15, 16 2016
SODUS BAY YACHT CLUB NAMED CHALLENGER OF RECORD
US Challenger Trials
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.
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:
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