Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Cup

The course sounds cool, but is there really a Chinese YC? :blink: On Orient Point? :eek: Why call it the Brooklyn Ocean Challenge?

Sounds cool. I never heard of it before.

The history of the esteemed Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Cup dates

back to 1904 in the administration of Roosevelt the first, when the

late William Randolph Hearst, then commodore of the Brooklyn

Yacht Club, donated a magnificent silver trophy for open ocean

racing to the prestigious Brooklyn Yacht Club. The first race, from

New York to Hampton Roads, Virginia, took place on June 29th

1905 and was won by the yawl, Tamerlane, of the New Rochelle

Yacht Club.


Mr. Hearst's ground rules provided that the first three-time winner

would acquire permanent possession of the trophy. However, when

Mr. Stuyvesant Wainwright won in 1920, 22 and 23 he elected to

deed perpetual ownership of the cup to the Brooklyn Yacht Club.

Thereupon he promptly celebrated by winning the cup again in

1924 with his sloop, Butterfly. The fifteenth and last race under

auspices of the Brooklyn Yacht Club was held in 1937.


For the next 17 years the cup was out of competition "on the

beach." Indeed it was reported lost or destroyed, along with other

famous trophies, in the American Yacht Club fire of 1952.

Fortunately, the reports turned out to be groundless, but they

received sufficient currency to raise the Brooklyn Ocean Challenge

Cup to a somewhat legendary level.


Actually it was safe in the possession of Mr. James M. Heatherton

of Shelter Island and the sole surviving member, officer and director

of the Brooklyn Yacht Club. In 1953 Mr. Heatherton deeded the

Cup to the Chinese Yacht Club located in Greenport, New York as

a perpetual trophy for long distance sailing races.


The Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Cup returned to competition as a

perpetual trophy under the auspices of the Chinese Yacht Club in

1954. The inaugural race was sailed over a 167 mile course from

Greenport to the Cleveland Ledge Light and back, and was won by

William Ziegler, Jr.'s Bounding Home.


Randall Flagg

out east
It hasn't been raced for in over 30 years. It will be an overnight race starting and finishing in Greenport and going around Block Island. The distance is around 90 miles. Minimum boat size 26 feet, maximum handicap 185. Post race party in Greenport. The race is the week beofre the Whitebread, which is a big race on eastern Long Island, and there is discount docking ($200 for the week) provided by the Village of Greenport for baots doing both events. NOR will be out today or tomorrow.



I think the Chinese the yacht club is a "paper" yacht club setup decades ago for racing.

What is this "Whitebread, which is a big race on eastern Long Island" or are you referring to Rock2Rock?


Randall Flagg

out east
I think the Chinese the yacht club is a "paper" yacht club setup decades ago for racing.
What is this "Whitebread, which is a big race on eastern Long Island" or are you referring to Rock2Rock?
The Whitebread is a 35 mile day race the second week of October starting in New Suffolk (Peconic Bay) and racing around Shelter Island. It drews over 100 boats and has a huge party afterwards with lots of food and beer and a live band. I think they're up to Whitebread XVI. See for details.


Rail Meat

Super Anarchist
Mystic, CT
Rock2Rock is September 26, BOC is October 4 and White Bread is October 11.

Bring your boat to the eastern end of Long Island Sound and you get three great weeks of mid-distance racing. Dragon is going to do all three.


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