Endeavour trophy Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsors sought for the Endeavour Trophy Yacht Race

The Endeavour Trophy is a solid silver scale model of the J Class yacht Endeavour presented annually to the Champion of Champions at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch.

The origin of the Endeavour trophy stems from Tom Sopwith’s J Class yacht Endeavour, America’s Cup Challenge in 1934. Following a pay dispute and dismissal of his east coast-based professional crew, Sopwith teamed up with ‘Tiny’ Mitchell, the Commodore of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at the time, to recruit amateur members of the club to form a crew.

Although Endeavour won the first two races against Rainbow, and lost the series, this was the closest England ever came to winning the coveted America’s Cup.

In recognition of this achievement, Robin Judah – respected member of the RCYC – established a series of races for dinghy sailors in order to determine the overall dinghy champion of champions from the UK’s most popular dinghy racing classes. Beecher Moore, former Endeavour crew, joined Judah in his quest to run this event and presented for the overall winner, his solid silver scale model of the yacht.

The first invitation-only race took place in 1961 and the winners were Peter Bateman and Keith Musto, representing the International Cadet class. The event is now recognised as one of the ultimate achievements in British dinghy racing.

The Corinthian invites 30 National Champions to race at Burnham on Crouch each October for this special prize and to be acknowledged as The Champion of Champions.

We are seeking sponsorship for the Endeavour Trophy from local businesses and companies interested in reaching our target audience of circa 15,000 spectators.

Sponsor Name: Edwin Buckley

Location: South East

Sector: Sailing & Watersports

Budget: Under 10k

Target Audience/Reach

10,000 to 15,000 spectators

Date and Timings

The event is run over three days and will be held in October, the first day is training day and starts mid-morning through to evening time with a few hours on the water. The training sessions are run by Olympic coach Steve Irish. Saturday and Sunday are full on race days. Racing in the competitive RS200, four races each day starting at 10:30 through till 4:30 on the water spectator boats available to enjoy the close up racing scene. Saturday evening Endeavour dinner and Sunday celebration of the Champion of Champions prize giving.

Key opportunity details

The Endeavour Trophy is very popular with the dinghy and marine industry but needs a greater exposure to other industries and activities. We are seeking assistance through sponsorship expertise to increase the events standing and promotion. We currently use Facebook and Twitter feeds. However we do need professional video of the event and live boat tracking to improve the way the event is seen through the web leading onto sponsor promotion. It is a unique event, the only occasion when 30 National Champions get together to race, an opportunity waiting to be developed for the right sponsor. The club house a large three-story building offers a unique opportunity for banner advertising, and photo opportunity. We are happy to welcome you to the 2019 event, with a view to review the event for sponsorship 2020 -2021.

Features and Benefits

Long standing event with a growing resurgence of popularity. Fantastic venue, with the first-floor dining room overlooking the river, ideal for sponsorship entertaining at the Saturday evening dinner. Journalist on site for the weekend to promote the event with Yachts & Yachting Scuttlebutt Europe and USA and 100's of other outlets. The event the only one of its type, it is a small event that has huge potential for sponsors promoting championship qualities for their brand. The Endeavour Trophy will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2020

Other partners

RS Sailing, Hyde Sails, Calltracks, and Allen


An annual investment of 5 to 10 thousand pounds, ideally for a three-year period.

Other Info

A training company have used the event to raise awareness of their skills by supporting the Training day.. Insurance companies have successfully used the Endeavour Trophy to promote their products, and bring clients to watch the racing in a hired Thames barge getting 100’s of people out to watch and enjoy the racing. On Saturday evening they bought their guests to the Endeavour dinner.