2020 South Shore Yacht Club Queen’s Cup® Race COVID-19 Update
April 28, 2020
Dear Fellow Sailor:
2020 is throwing a multitude of challenges to overcome and South Shore Yacht Club, Grand River Sailing Club and the Queen’s Cup Race Committee are working to provide a premiere event experience in the 2020 Queens Cup Race. We are monitoring the ever changing COVID-19 situation throughout the Great Lakes, the Safer at Home Order in Wisconsin, the Shelter in Place order in Michigan and the path to normalcy as it is defined.
At this time, we feel that it is not socially responsible for us to move forward with the 2020 Queens Cup Race as planned for June 26, 2020 and expect to reschedule the event sometime late summer or early fall. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to announce a new date at this time. You can expect an announcement June 1st, 2020 with the date of the next Queens Cup Race.
Competitors who have already registered for this year’s event, thank you. If for any reason a competitor is unable to participate on the new date, they will have the option of a full refund or have their registration fees be applied to the 2021 Queens Cup Race.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
82nd Queen’s Cup® Race … Coming Soon
Plan now to enter the 82nd challenge of one of the most storied yacht races on the Great Lakes. This year’s night race across Lake Michigan departs from Milwaukee, WI for Grand haven, MI on June 26, 2020.
Both Milwaukee’s South Shore Yacht Club and the Grand River Sailing Club will provide an experience worthy of this 82nd Queen’s Cup Race.
START: festivities, friendly accommodations and the traditional over-the top pre-party at SSYC’s Harbor of Hospitality on Thursday June 25th, plus Milwaukee’s world-famous SUMMERFEST music festival.
FINISH: the day begins with brunch, transitions into lunch, followed by the awards ceremony, an evening dinner buffet, and finally a great party until midnight.
The race is open to all boats with a valid 2020 Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (LM-PHRF) rating certificate and Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) rating certificates. We will continue to have starts for the shorthanded fleet (with a limit of two crew per boat) and a cruising fleet for non-spinnaker monohulls.
We are looking forward to increasing the participation of one design boats such as the J/105, Beneteau 40.7, Beneteau 36.7, and Tartan 10s. The racing between these boats and other one design boats has been close in prior years.
The fee structure is based on boat length. This helps to make the fee schedule more affordable for smaller boats.
Registration will be open and the Queen’s Cup page on the SSYC website will be updated with the Notice of Race (NOR) and other documents by mid-February.
The Course in 2020:
2020 SSYC Queen’s Cup Race … June 26-27
- Milwaukee, WI to Grand Haven, MI and Grand River Sailing Club.
- Registration Thursday, June 25 at SSYC: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Queen’s Cup Party: Thursday June 25, 6 p.m. - ?? Enjoy the party and Milwaukee attractions … including Summerfest
- Friday, June 26 Registration: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Starts staggered from mid-afternoon through early evening.
- Saturday, June 27 the fleet arrives in Grand Haven for post-race festivities hosted by the Grand River Sailing Club.