On Sunday, September 8, 2019, more than 80 boats raced in the 54th Stamford Denmark Race At Stamford Yacht Club. This was also the inaugural year for the “Danish Corporate Challenge Race”, where Crews against each other in 6 identical IDEAL 18 Boats.
The Stamford Denmark Friendship Race was first staged in 1966, as part of a weeklong commercial promotion and cultural exchange called the Stamford Denmark Friendship Week. The week was initiated by Werner Valeur-Jensen, a Danish resident of Stamford, then Chairman of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce.
That first race had 21 entries that sailed a triangle course off the Stamford breakwater, the winners receiving a case of Danish beer.
As the tradition grew, so did the close relationship between the Stamford Yacht Club and the Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY). That relationship continues today, with participation of KDY sailors in the race. The Stamford Sail and Power Squadron, and the Consulate General of Denmark were also early partners in the event and continue to be involved.
With more than 500 sailors participating, the race remains one of the largest day races on Long Island Sound and also the largest and oldest annual Danish sports event held outside of Denmark”.
Founded in 1890, Stamford Yacht Club has long been one of the preeminent yacht clubs on Long Island Sound. The club is well known for its large signature race events, including the Vineyard Race and the Valeur‐Jensen Stamford Denmark Race. The Queen of Denmark and HRH the Prince Consort have participated in the race.
About Stamford Yacht Club:
The Stamford Yacht Club was organized on Thursday, October 16, 1890. The incorporators were William A. Lottimer, James D. Smith, William W. Skiddy, Albert C. Hall, Walter M. Smith, W.L. Brooks, A.M. Hurlbutt, Schuyler Merritt, Archibald H. Smith, Henry K. McHarg, James I. Raymond, and Samuel Fessenden, all of Stamford. The Club’s earliest members were active people living in interesting times. The Merritt Parkway is, indeed, named after our second Vice Commodore whose Commodore, Henry K. McHarg, built a railroad town in Texas that is still called Stamford. Like hundreds of members who followed them, the founders preserved and enhanced the Club, both for their contemporaries and for generations to come. When we commemorate our fellow members of earlier generations, we not only express our gratitude, but we also gain a sense of our own responsibility as stewards between the Club’s last century and its next.
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