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The Lipton Cup

Sir Thomas Lipton is famous for his many America's Cup Challenges with his famous "J Boats." As a yacht racing enthusiast, Sir Thomas encouraged the sport by giving a number of prestigious trophies to yacht clubs around the world. In 1922 he donated a beautiful sterling silver cup to perpetuate the sport of yacht racing in the Central Florida area. The history of this cup is shrouded in mystery up until 1941, at the beginning of World War II, when the cup was placed in a bank vault for safety and forgotton until 1982. At that time, having sponsored International Lipton Cup regattas in the early 1930'2, SYC adopted the cup in order to preserve the tradition. The trophy resides in its exclusive trophy case at the Smyrna Yacht Club in a place of honor for over twenty years.

The 2023 Lipton Cup will take place on the weekend of April 14th - 16th.

The Smyrna Yacht Club invites sailing teams, weekend yachters and racing enthusiasts throughout Florida to join in Corinthian fun and camaradierie that is the one ands only Lipton Cup Regatta. Sailors do not have to be members of the Smyrna Yacht Club to compete. Dock space will be available at the Club's marina for out-of-town vessels. Competitive racing classes inlcude Performance and Cruising boats, with or without spinnakers. The two-day racing action will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 15th and 16th, in the Atlantic Ocean, due East of Flagler Ave, beachside, New Smyrna Beach. Festivities kick-off on Friday, April 14th with the traditional skippers meeting and opening reception at the Smyrna Yacht Club Tiki.


The Brewers Cup

The Brewers Cup takes place annually in October. It is a downwind pursuit race with a staggered start for any and all sail boats that can navigate the Indian River. More specifically, it is a downwind “FUN” race occurring between the Smyrna Yacht Club and Mosquito Lagoon, a distance of about 10 miles. The direction – either racing North or South -- is chosen to create a downwind race, which allows many of the boats to fly their colorful spinnakers. The race will have a staggered start so that as many boats as possible will finish close together. This can be particularly exciting. This is one of the most spectacular sailing events of the year based on close quarter spinnaker competition. Participants and spectators should prepare for a fun race! Participating sailors do not have to be members of any yacht or sailing club. Note: Overnight dockage is available at SYC. In addition, there are two boat ramps within 1 mile of SYC. The easiest is Edgewater just to the south of SYC.