Record number of entries for the 2016 edition of the Cumberland Cup

06/04/2016

A record number of entries will be competing in the 2016 edition of the Cumberland Cup- the Club’s premier international team racing event, which will run from 4th-7th May 2016.

The biennial Cumberland Cup, first held in 2008, is the only major international yacht racing event held in the UK capital and involves two-boat team racing in the club’s fleet of J/80s, stationed on the expansive Queen Mary reservoir. An impressive social programme based in the Club’s Knightsbridge clubhouse overlooking Hyde Park accompanies the sailing programme and includes receptions there and at Hampton Court Palace, visits to London attractions and culminating in a Gala Dinner and Prize Giving.

The impressive trophy itself dates from 1912 and is a replica of an earlier cup of the same name dating from 1781 in the Club's possession, one of a series of such cups donated by the Duke of Cumberland, the Club's Royal Patron (the first-ever Cumberland Cup race was held in 1775, the year the club was first formed). The replica was commissioned in 1912 by members as a gift for the German Kaiser who had admired the original. It surfaced on the market in London at the beginning of the present century and was acquired for the Club by an anonymous syndicate of members.

Current holders of the Cup are the New York Yacht Club, who will return in order to defend their title against the challengers who include: Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans), Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Sardinia), Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead, Royal Perth Yacht Club, Gamla Stans (Sweden), St Francis (San Francisco), Yale Corinthian (Connecticut) and of course the hosts themselves.

More details can be found at: https://royalthames.com/Racing/Racing-Calendar-2016/Cumberland_Cup_2016.aspx