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4th Annual Henry T. Nicholas, III UC Challenge Cup

The University of California, Irvine is proud to host the 4th annual Henry T. Nicholas, III UC Challenge Cup in Newport Harbor on March 2, 2019. This UC-only regatta will feature crews from UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal. The victors will be presented with perpetual trophies to display in their boathouse until the following year’s regatta!


A HUGE THANK YOU to our generous sponsors!

Race Schedule*

Event Time
Men’s Open 4+ 7:50 am
Women’s Varsity 4+ 8:10 am
Women’s 2nd Novice 8+ 8:20 am
Men’s 2nd Novice 8+ 8:30 am
Men’s Novice 8+ 8:40 am
Men’s 3V 8+ 8:50 am
Women’s Novice 8+ 9:00 am
Men’s Junior Varsity 8+ 9:10 am
Women’s Varsity 8+ 9:20 am
Men’s Varsity 8+ 9:30 am
Awards Ceremony & Brunch at American Legion 10:00 am

*Subject to change.

Live Stream

On-water Spectating

Limited seats are once again available, this year on a fleet of private vessels, including the Ocean Explorer from last year. It’s truly the best spectating experience for a great day of racing! Park and board at the American Legion Yacht Club in Newport Beach.

RSVP for On-Water Viewing

Land Spectator Information

If you can’t make the boats, there are two locations recommended for watching the races from the shoreline. These locations are about a 30 minute walk (1.5 miles) to the American Legion for brunch, but be sure to make time to drive and find parking after the racing is over if you are planning to brunch with us.

The Blue Park

Lido Park

PLEASE NOTE: Orange Coast College (OCC) and the Newport Sea Base are NOT available for parking or spectating for this regatta. We also request that spectators keep clear of the launching and landing areas (North Star Public Beach adjacent to Newport Aquatic Center).

Awards Brunch & Raffle

After the races, head immediately to the American Legion Yacht Club for a buffet brunch and awards ceremony. Raffel tickets with great prizes will be sold at the event! Additional information and ticket reservations below:

Brunch Reservations

Race Map


Trophies will be presented to the winners over brunch at the American Legion on the Newport Peninsula.


  1. Jill Beams February 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I am a parent of a student st UCSD. I am interested in the Ocean Exploring Spectating! What does this involve and are parents allowed?! Thank you
    Jill Beams

    • David Heimerl February 12, 2019 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Jill! We are still sorting out the details and availability. Details will be shared in a week or two, but last year we had several spaces available first come first served via online registration.

  2. Jill Beams February 26, 2019 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I signed up for one of the boats!

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