The return of the Little America's Cup


Steve Clark
 

Steve Clark

Steve Clark tells us about the prospects and new format for next September's C Class spectacular
The next Little America's Cup, the competition for C Class catamarans, the world's most efficient sailing boats, is to take place in Rhode Island in September 2004. With the Seacliff Yacht Club's Trustees choosing to rewrite their Deed of Gift of the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy earlier this year to change their competition into one for Formula 18HT catamarans, the future of the competition in the ground breaking C Class catamarans has fallen squarely on the shoulders of American Steve Clark. Clark's Cogito team won the Little America's Cup off the Australians in Yellow Pages in 1997. The official title for the new event, for it will still be known informally as the Little America's Cup, is to be the International C-Class Catamaran Championship. This will be held out of the Bristol Yacht Club on 16-25 September. The trophy for this event is to be called the Winners of the Little America’s Cup Trophy. "We have had 22 events in the Little America’s Cup in the C-Class and we’re going to recognise those people with the new Trophy," Clark told thedailysail. "It is a new era but we had a wonderful run there. We don’t see any reason we shouldn’t honour the participation of those people." So why doesn't he simply call it the Little America’s Cup? "That’s not my choice. The problem we have is that there are at least three groups with the rights to that name. America’s Cup Properties LLC has the right for it to say America’s Cup on it, but they couldn’t stop it because both Seacliff Yacht Club and the International C Class have by long use and association some propriety rights to the name. That is the legal opinion as I understand it. 'Little America's Cup' was a sobriquet which was given to the

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