A year of disagreement on the future of the Canada’s Cup that we reported on last month culminated in a fun little match race between Don Wilson’s Convexity and Grant Hood’s Vincere a couple weeks ago in Chicago, and like everyone else, we don’t really know what Wilson won, what Hood lost, or what existing Canada’s Cup defender Macatawa Bay Yacht Club had to do with it at all.
But there’s some good news coming out of the acrimony, and while this joint press release from MBYC, RCYC, PCYC, and CMRC further stretches the Cup’s credibility (co-holders of the Canada’s Cup?), at least there’s something going on, and it’s a good sign that people give enough of a shit to work towards a brighter future for big boat match racing on the Great Lakes despite the silly path it took to get here. Here’s the release:
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Ontario and the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Holland, Michigan are pleased to announce a series of two competitions for the historic Canada’s Cup. In a unique arrangement designed to increase the frequency of Cup competitions and heighten competitor interest in the Cup, the first event is a match between Don Wilson’s Convexity from the Chicago Match Race Center, Chicago, Illinois, and Grant Hood’s Vincere of Port Credit Yacht Club located in Mississauga, Ontario. This event is being sailed at the Chicago Match Race Center’s venue on October 15, 16, and 17, 2010. The winner of this event will be a co-holder of the Canada’s Cup with Macatawa Bay prior to the second event scheduled for August, 2011. [this is what was sailed two weeks ago, with Wilson winning -ed].
The second event will be held at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, the current holder of the Cup. Macatawa Bay Yacht Club will issue a formal call for challenge on October 17th coincident with the conclusion of the Chicago Canada’s Cup match. The call will be for a Cup Match held in early September, 2011. Immediately prior to the Cup Match, Macatawa will hold Defender Selection Trials which will be open to teams from all US yacht clubs located on the Great Lakes. Macatawa Bay is opening the defender trials to all US clubs on the Great Lakes to further promote and broaden interest in competing for the Cup.
The Canada’s Cup is one of the world’s most prestigious match racing events for mono-hulled yachts. The first competition was held in 1896. Past events have involved yachts from Ontario, New York, Ohio, and Michigan. This is the first time the Cup competition will be held on Lake Michigan.
Photo from CMRC, and more here.