A special trophy for this year’s NORT winner

The Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (NORT) has special meaning. It’s awarded to the boat that has the most accomplished racing record in the top distance events of the summer on the East Coast. If you look at the NORT wall at Stamford Yacht Club you will see a who’s who of top distance racers in the field.

Because the award is so difficult to capture and because of its status it seems appropriate that this year’s winner receive a Chelsea Clock. This will be the 40th year the NORT has been awarded.

The Northern Ocean Racing Trophy, NORT, is the Stamford Yacht Club’s blue water sailing award, conceived in 1961 under Commodore Fred Lorenzen, to induce participation in offshore yacht racing.

Th is year NORT is awarded to the lowest accumulated points for the IRC handicap system winner for the following races:

  • Storm Trysail Block Island Race
  • Newport to Bermuda Race
  • Around Long Island Race
  • Ida Lewis Distance Race
  • Stamford Yacht Club Vineyard Race

The 2012 trophy will be awarded at our Sunday evening awards party on the front lawn of Stamford Yacht Club.

The 2012 Northern Ocean Racing Trophy is a specially-crafted Chelsea 6” Ship’s Bell clock. This hand-assembled mechanical timepiece features the company’s signature ship’s bell chiming mechanism, originally patented in 1900. Boasting a solid forged brass case, the clock features a hand-silvered brass dial and hand-finished American mahogany base. Beneath its gleaming case beats a heart of over 364 hand-assembled parts and gears – many plated with gold – complemented by an intricate, eleven-jewel movement. A solid brass base engraving plate will host the winner’s name.

Founded in 1897 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Chelsea Clock is the oldest clock company in America and one of the most renowned and respected makers of fine nautically-inspired timepieces.

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