Breakwater Yacht Club Hosts 41st Annual Sag Harbor Cup Regatta - 27 East

Breakwater Yacht Club Hosts 41st Annual Sag Harbor Cup Regatta

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Bud Rogers and crew in Big Boat take the lead over Gossip and TBD.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Bud Rogers and crew in Big Boat take the lead over Gossip and TBD. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Bud Rogers and crew in Big Boat. They were the big winners of the Sag Harbor Cup.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Bud Rogers and crew in Big Boat. They were the big winners of the Sag Harbor Cup. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Gossip and Gut Feeling trail the pack of J109s. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Gossip and Gut Feeling trail the pack of J109s. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The committee boat from Breakwater Yacht Club.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The committee boat from Breakwater Yacht Club. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Gut Feeling splits between Big Boat and Gossip.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Gut Feeling splits between Big Boat and Gossip. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Vento Solare trails Gut Feeling.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Vento Solare trails Gut Feeling. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The J109 fleet was the largest of the regatta on Saturday. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The J109 fleet was the largest of the regatta on Saturday. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 41st annual Sag Harbor Cup this past weekend.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 41st annual Sag Harbor Cup this past weekend. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 41st annual Sag Harbor Cup this past weekend.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 41st annual Sag Harbor Cup this past weekend. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The J109 fleet was the largest of the regatta on Saturday.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The J109 fleet was the largest of the regatta on Saturday. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Winners of the J109 division of the Sag Harbor Cup, Big Boat, captained by Buddy Rodgers. Crew included, from let, Fernando Gonzalez, Mike Gershenson, Cris Brodie, Bud Rogers, Jamie Rogers, Seth Barrows and Kyle McArdle.

Winners of the J109 division of the Sag Harbor Cup, Big Boat, captained by Buddy Rodgers. Crew included, from let, Fernando Gonzalez, Mike Gershenson, Cris Brodie, Bud Rogers, Jamie Rogers, Seth Barrows and Kyle McArdle.

Enjoying the day on a J109.  GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Enjoying the day on a J109. GARY SENFT/EASTENDMARINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Drew Budd on Jul 19, 2023

Bud Rogers, Lee Oldak and Joseph Gaites were all victors of their respective divisions at the 41st annual Sag Harbor Cup hosted by Breakwater Yacht Club on Saturday.

Rogers is owner and skipper of Big Boat, and commodore of Breakwater Yacht Club, which won the J109 One Design division, the biggest fleet that took the waters with seven boats. He and his crew, which included Fernando Gonzalez, Mike Gershenson, Cris Brodie, Jamie Rogers, Seth Barrows and Kyle McArdle, won the day’s first three of fives races and took a second in the fifth and final to finish with a low of 11 points.

Oldak’s Purple Haze, a Henderson 30, won the spinnaker division, while Gaites in Bellatrix, a Ranger 29, won the nonspinnaker division of the race which is the club’s flagship regatta of the year and benefits its junior sailing scholarships, with the goal of introducing a love of sailing to all local youth.

The Sag Harbor Cup first sailed in June 1983 and was founded and organized by Victor Rugg, one of the original members of the Breakwater Yacht Club and chairman of the “Race Against Drug Abuse Inc.,” a nonprofit organization. The original and continuing purpose is to provide, through active community participation, sailing as an alternative to drug and substance abuse by young people in the area.

In 1983 and 1984, the Sag Harbor Yacht Club sponsored the event with the East Hampton Yacht Club, taking over for the next few years. In 1988, a group of “Wednesday Night Sailors” were asked by Rugg to sponsor the cup with a grant he procured to sponsor the cup and form a yacht club. They needed to be a yacht club in order to do this and the Breakwater Yacht Club was thus formed. All involved parties insisted that all funds raised stayed on the East End.

In 1988, Sag Harbor Cup produced a net profit of $5,000 that was turned over to Pierson High School’s HUGS Program, and the following year Breakwater filed for and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and the net profit of $6,000 was used to develop the community Youth Sailing Program of the club.

Since those early days of the Sag Harbor Cup, the funds raised have helped fund BYC junior sailing programs with thousands of junior sailing scholarships handed out to local schools and organizations.

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