This cup was donated by a small group of friends and members of the S & S Association in order to commemorate the life of Mitch Gibbons Neff, a former president of S & S Inc.
This statement was made in the deed of gift to the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) and each year the award is made to the best performing S&S design in the Annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport Rhode Island, sponsored by Panerai and under the aegis of IYRS.International Yacht Restoration School.
Displacement 18,640 lbs
Ballast 5,860 lbs (outside) 300 lbs (inside)
Sail Area 713 sq ft
Chuck Townsend’s Fidelio won the Sparkman & Stephens Association award and Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup this year. Other participating S&S boats were Courageous, Odyssey and Sonny. Fidelio is design 1188. 13 yachts were built to this design worldwide but mainly at Matthiessen & Paulsen in Germany in 1956. The plans were again used later for Aventura #1198 and derive closely from Finesterre #1054. Fidelio had her keel replaced by Joel White in 2000 and has featured in Yachts and Yachting and Sail magazines as her owner keeps her in meticulous condition.