"I thought that since the loss of the America's Cup, the club did not have a marquee international event," says current commodore David Elwell. "That was the initial concept, to come up with something that would be international in nature and have the type of luster you would want for a New York Yacht Club event."
When the club says "international," it means more than simply a token yacht club or two from across the northern border. The event committee spun the globe looking for the most highly regarded yacht clubs. "We were looking at clubs closely associated with the New York Yacht Club's tradition of Corinthian sailing," says club trustee Chris Culver. "If you look at the clubs involved, many of them date back to the 1700s or 1800s." The response has been just as the club hoped, 19 entries from 14 countries including Japan, New Zealand, and Finland.