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.

'Mitch' Gibbons Neff Cup

Siren [NY32] Wins The Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta!

As in each past year the competition takes place at The Newport Classic Race regatta. S&S designs competing this year were Black Watch, Columbia, Courageous, Dorade, Fidelio, Mah Jong, Salty, Siren, Sonny and Valiant.


For the specialty/perpetual regatta awards; Sonny was the winner of the Sparkman & Stephens Designer Award and the Mitch Gibbons Neff Cup. Black Watch won the Atlantic Trophy, for the best overall elapsed time by a classic yacht. Columbia won the Candy Cup, for the 12 Meter with the best record in the fleet. Mah Jong won the Tom Benson restoration award, for the best restoration done within the past two years.


Siren won both the overall Vintage Corinthian Classic Class and the overall 39th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. In addition, the winners of the North American Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge also went to the New York 32 Siren in the Vintage Division and the 12 Metre Columbia in the Grand Prix Division.