Chicago Yacht Club rolled out the red carpet again for their end-of-season regatta: Verve Cup Offshore from August 13-15. Friday offered a Northeast breeze, and the next two days offered more of the same, with sunshine and 70 degree temperatures, but a lighter 5-9 knots breeze in the east/southeast quadrants and continued large chop. The 11-boat J/88 fleet enjoyed competitive racing amongst the top four teams. The winner was not determined until the final race, with only three points separating the four boats. Winning was Andy Graff’s EXILE with 19 points, followed by Ben Marden’s BANTER in second with 20 points, Dave Tufts’ GAUCHO in third with 21 points, and John & Jordan Leahey’s DUTCH in fourth with 22 points. Rounding out the top five was Dan Floberg’s MISTY with 37 points. For more Chicago YC Verve Cup Offshore information, visit

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