The Chicago Yacht Club hosted their annual Verve Cup Inshore Regatta from August 26-28, with sailing taking place on Lake Michigan, just off the Chicago waterfront. The 15-boat J/88 fleet enjoyed competitive racing over their five-race, no discard series. The battle for the top three podium spots went to the final leg of the last race. Coincidentally, all three teams had two tough races, in addition to three podium finishes to count toward their final point tallies. Starting with finishes of 5-8 was John & Jordan Leahey’s DUTCH, leaving them below the top five after two races. However, their next three races were 1-1-2 to win the regatta by one point. Dave Tufts’ GAUCHO had a roller-coaster series to take the silver, with scores of 7-1-5-2-3 for 18 points. Rounding out the podium was Ben Marden’s BANTER with a 3-3-6-8-1 record for 21 points. The balance of the top five included Andy Graff’s EXILE in fourth and Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION in fifth place. For more Chicago YC Inshore Verve Cup information, visit

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