The Seawanhaka Challenge to Reclaim the Seawanhaka Cup
The 45th match for the Seawanhaka Cup will commence on Friday, November 7th in New Orleans, LA where Seawanhaka and six other challenging yacht clubs will attempt to win the historic cup away from defending champion, Southern Yacht Club.
The Seawanhaka Cup is the oldest yachting trophy originating in America that is still in active competition. Originated in 1895, the trophy was offered for the purpose of promoting small yacht racing and developing the Corinthian spirit among yachtsmen. In its history, the cup has traveled around the world including a disastrous previous residency in New Orleans in 2005 when the original trophy was lost along with the entire Southern clubhouse in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. A new trophy was commissioned in 2007, reclaimed by Dave Perry sailing for Seawanhaka in 2009 and lost again to Southern in a match in Oyster Bay in 2012.
This year, the Seawanhaka Team is comprised of seasoned match racing veterans; Chris Poole (currently the top ranked US match racer), Jon Hammond (currently 10th ranked) and J.P. Blaise. Team SCYC will be sailing against teams from Southern YC, San Diego YC, Balboa YC, Larchmont YC, Royal Vancouver YC and Royal St. Lawrence YC in umpired match races using Southern’s fleet of one design Flying Scots in the muddy waters of Lake Pontchartrain just North of the City of New Orleans. Club Trustee, Eric Johnson will be serving as an Umpire and Rear-Commodore Willets Meyer will be assisting on the Race Committee and is planning to file periodic dispatches from New Orleans over the course of the Regatta.
Good luck to Team Seawanhaka!