Sealark Flies at Verve Offshore Cup

As one of the largest offshore regattas in the Great Lakes, the Chicago Yacht Club’s Verve Cup Offshore has developed into a world-class regatta attracting many national and international competitors. From August 9-11, CYC hosted the 28th annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta in an array of weather conditions over the three-day event. On Friday, a post-frontal, shifty breeze from the northwest started at 15 knots, then quickly diminished and swung to the north-northeast by late afternoon in the 5-8 knots range. Saturday saw a light east-southeast wind slowly build after a one-hour onshore postponement into the 4-8 knots range, with 40-degree swings. Sunday dawned with the possibility of another frontal system with thunderstorms. Fortunately, the front moved south. Out on the lake, the wind started in the SSE quadrant in the 4-7 knots range, then swung SSW to 240 degrees and increased in pressure to 8-12 knots, before oscillating from 230 back to 190 for the last two races of the regatta. The six-boat J/105 fleet was dominated by Clark Pellett’s SEALARK. They won the first two races, and in the end, racked up six bullets and a 2-3 to win with just 11 points. Gyt Petkus’ VYTIS team made a run at them, winning races 3 & 4. They had an impressive scoreline of two firsts, four seconds two thirds for 16 points total to take the silver. Rounding out the podium with the bronze was Jon Weglarz’s THE ASYLUM, closing out the regatta with double deuces on the last day. For more Verve Cup Offshore information, visit

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