Sunday, October 17, 2021

During the Roosevelt Administration, Elihu Root was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, United States Secretary of War under McKinley and Roosevelt, Secretary of State under Roosevelt, a United States Senator and ultimately President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

In 1949, his son Elihu Root, Jr. presented the Elihu Root Trophy to the Club to promote competition among small cruising boats at Seawanhaka. Elihu, Jr. was an accomplished sailor in his own right, cruising double-handed to Bermuda in 1931, at over 50 years of age, and with a boy as his crew in a 25 foot boat.

Winners of the Elihu Root Trophy read as a "who's who" of yacht racing at Seawanhaka, and include A.L. Loomis Jr.; Commodore David Kennedy; Arthur Weeks; Commodore Richard Coons; Commodore "Harry Anderson"; "Swede" Whiton; Commodore Perry Neff; Commodore James McCurdy; Commodore Larry Glenn. The Trophy was retired in 2005, and restored in 2017.

The Elihu Root Trophy is open to all yachts who have a valid YRALIS PHRF certificate. 

Entry Fee: $35