Please select your home edition
Lennon Thermalite 728x90 3

Resolute Cup returns to dual-fleet format with addition of RS21 Keelboat

by Stuart Streuli 28 Jan 14:22 GMT
The RS21 Keelboat will be used at the Resolute Cup 2020 © Walter Cooper

The Resolute Cup, a Corinthian championship for U.S. yacht clubs, will return to its original format in 2020, utilizing two fleets of keelboats for the sixth edition of this signature biennial competition. The 2020 Resolute Cup will be hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I., September 14 to 19. A two-day qualifying series will see teams of amateur sailors representing yacht clubs from around the United States split their races between fleets of 23-foot Sonars and 21-foot RS21s, built by RS Sailing, based in England. The championship fleet will sail exclusively in the RS21s while the silver fleet will sail the Sonars over the final two days of the event.

"We're very excited to partner with RS Sailing to bring the RS21 to the Resolute Cup," says Chris Culver, Vice Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. "This event was created to reward the best team from the strongest club, not necessarily the sailors with the most experience in a certain class. Using two very different designs—one with a traditional spinnaker, the other with an asymmetric flown off a sprit—will ensure that the 2020 Resolute Cup champion is truly the best team of amateur sailors in the event."

The Resolute Cup was first run in 2010 as the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The biennial regatta, which is sailed out of the New York Yacht Club Harbor Court, has since developed an identity of its own as yacht clubs from around the United States send their best amateur sailors to Newport, R.I., to compete for national bragging rights in addition to a trip to the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing's premiere international Corinthian big-boat regatta. The 2020 Resolute Cup will be sailed in the New York Yacht Club's fleet of 23-foot Sonars and a fleet of RS21s provided by RS Sailing. With provided sails, equalized rig tune and a regular boat rotation, it's a true one-design event. The regatta takes place September 14 to 19.

Racing in two distinct fleets of boats was a hallmark of the first four editions of the Resolute Cup. The Club's fleet of Sonars, designed by longtime Club member Bruce Kirby, have been a consistent part of the regatta, while the second fleet has rotated through a series of designs. In each event, however, winning the regatta required seamlessly adapting crew responsibilities, tactical strategy and boat speed techniques to each design. Teams intimately familiar with one of the designs found any advantage muted by the dual fleets and the regatta's use of identical, provided sails and standardized rig tuning. Perhaps more than any other event in sailing, the Resolute Cup is decided by a team's skills, cohesion and sound decision-making on the water.

The RS21, the first keelboat specifically designed to be universally used by clubs and for one-design racing, will be a new challenge for most, if not all, of the 24 teams expected to compete in the 2020 Resolute Cup.

"It's a pleasure to be working with the New York Yacht Club on this prestigious regatta," says Jon Partridge, CEO of RS Sailing. "The RS21 has been designed to enjoy competitive one-design racing without complex decisions to allow all skill levels of sailors to participate. The powerful rig is exciting, yet balanced by well-mannered boat behavior and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone racing has a key role. Teams that have never previously sailed an RS21 will quickly find their rhythm and be competing at the head of the pack."

As an amateur-only event, the Resolute Cup is known both for the intensity of the on-the-water competition and the camaraderie onshore. Competitors gather each afternoon to rehash the days action on the water, renew old acquaintances and make new friends. On-the-water judging eliminates lengthy and often contentious protest hearings, enabling competitors to fully enjoy their time at the regatta.

The request for invitation process has been extended until Friday, February 7. The form can be found here. The NoR for the regatta can be found here.

Related Articles

Terry Hutchinson visits the Deed of Gift
A simple document with a complex history The Deed of Gift sits in the New York Yacht Club and has guided every America's Cup since it was penned in 1851. At the heart of the complexity, it asks for a friendly competition between nations while giving the Defender all the Rights. Posted on 17 Jul
2020 Resolute Cup cancelled
RS Sailing renews commitment for 2022 edition Today, the New York Yacht Club announced that the sixth edition of the Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, will be canceled. Posted on 7 Jul
America's Cup: First Challenger arrives
New York Yacht Club's American Magic is the first Challenger to arrive in Auckland The first America's Cup Challenger has arrived in Auckland. The New York Yacht Club's American Magic arrived, aboard a chartered vessel around 1030hrs local time and docked at Fergusson Wharf West before being unloaded tomorrow. Posted on 29 Jun
NA's oldest Annual regatta moved to late August
The most enduring event in North American sailing The most enduring event in North American sailing got off to an inauspicious start on July 16, 1846. Beset by light air, Louis Depau's 44-ton sloop Mist was the only one of 14 starters to finish first race of the New York YC's inaugural Annual Regatta. Posted on 23 Jun
Adventures Weekly with Terry Hutchinson
We will head to NZ potentially in July For Adventures Weekly on 13 June 2020 we welcomed Terry Hutchinson, the skipper of American Magic, the New York Yacht Club Challenger for the next America's Cup. Posted on 18 Jun
Swan American Regatta postponed to 2021
Covid-19 pandemic forces the New York Yacht Club to modify 2020 Race Week The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the New York Yacht Club to postpone 2020 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, which was to include the Swan American Regatta, from its scheduled dates of July 14 to 18 to a to-be-determined date in September. Posted on 28 May
COVID-19 forces cancellation of ORC/IRC Worlds
The impact of the coronavirus has been felt throughout the sporting world Despite a strong entry list from the United States and abroad, and the exhaustive efforts of the New York Yacht Club along with the governing bodies for the ORC and IRC rating rules, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship Posted on 22 May
America's Cup: American Magic in NZ in next month
New York YC American Magic will be the first Challenger to arrive in NZ in early June New York Yacht Club entry in the 2020 America's Cup, American Magic will be the first Challenger to arrive in New Zealand. The team says their arrival time in New Zealand is "early June". Their AC75 is on its way to Auckland. Posted on 4 May
America's Cup: NYYC aim for September in Auckland
A series of disruptions in the Cup cycle will force team to fly AC75 to Auckland in September "We missed the opportunity to see where we are vulnerable," was American Magic's skipper, Terry Hutchinson's comment on not being able to sail in the two cancelled America's Cup World Series regattas in Cagliari and Sardinia. Posted on 19 Apr
Earning that spot
Chasing the America's Cup was never the end goal for Sean O'Halloran Chasing the America's Cup was never the end goal for Santa Clara, California sailor Sean O'Halloran. Instead, it was about pursuing ever greater skills, experience, strength, and endurance any way he could. Posted on 16 Apr