Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend, a Martha’s Vineyard tradition anchored by its ’Round-the-Island Race (’RTI) of eight decades, is adding a new ’Round-the-Sound Race (‘RTS) option for teams wanting to sail a shorter course of approximately 20 nautical miles around government marks on Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds.
The EYC Race Weekend fleet enjoys last year’s ’Round-the-Island Race. This year’s event will include a shorter ’Round-the-Sound option. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
The ’RTS adds yet another dimension to Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend and is an attractive alternative for those wanting to go a bit easier on Saturday or just even try short-distance racing for the first time.Read more
For more than a quarter-century, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced to raise funds and awareness for Center for Hospice Care, and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association’s Mudhead Benefit Cup has become the “Go to Regatta” on the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association circuit.
Sailors on more than 50 boats, including Laura Grondin’s Melges 32 Black Ice (West Hartford, CT), supported Center for Hospice Care in last year’s Mudhead Benefit Cup. © Carl TjerandsenRead more
If you are not one of the 1500+ sailors starting the 51st Newport Bermuda Race on Friday, June 15, 2018, you can watch the start on Narragansett Bay or online. The start will be officiated by the New York Yacht Club Race Committee from onboard the 105-foot classic yacht Whitehawk. The warning gun will be at 1:00 p.m. for the first of seven divisions of boats which range from 32.5-112 feet in length.
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By David Dellenbaugh
Good boatspeed is perhaps the single most important ingredient for success in sailboat racing, no matter where you are on the racecourse. When you’re going fast you can sail around other boats, avoid bad air, point high, make up for mistakes and generally do a lot of things that make you look smart.
When you approach the first mark, it’s easy to get distracted by everything that’s happening. There are usually lots of boats around, for example, and it often seems like half your crew is getting the chute ready. However, when you are distracted, most likely you aren’t sailing your boat too quickly. Therefore, as you get closer to the mark, it’s very important to stay focused on maintaining speed, especially for the helmsperson and sail trimmers. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
Organized by the Charleston Ocean Racing Association and sailed in the waters off North Charleston, SC, Sperry Charleston Race Week is the largest keelboat regatta in the Americas. With a whopping 246 boats in 16 classes for this year’s 23rd edition (April 12 - 15, 2018), hundreds of enthusiastic sailors enjoyed the great racing and Dixie hospitality for which this event is famous.
Warrior Sailing, helmed by Josh Agripino with Scott Ford trimming the main and Sammy Lugo trimming headsails, finished third in the J/22 class. Agripino (U.S. Marine Corps) sustained severe injuries to his lower legs and feet and lost sight in one eye. Ford (U.S. Navy) is blind, and Lugo (U.S. Army) had his right leg amputated below the knee. Seven of the 11 J/22s were raced by teams from the Warrior Sailing Program! © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
Race Village Opens May 8
The world’s most exciting ocean race is on its way to Newport, Rhode Island. This is the only North American Stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, and the 7-boat fleet is expected to arrive around May 10 and 11, 2018.
Orange you glad we’re here? These smiling sailors did the Newport in-Port Race with Team Alvimedica in 2015. ©Amory Ross/Volvo Ocean Race
As in 2015, Fort Adams State Park will be the site of the Race Village, and the Port Co-Hosts for the 13-day public celebration include Sail Newport, the State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Discover Newport, and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. More than 130,000 fans visited the Newport Race Village in 2015, and this year’s Stopover is on track to be bigger and better.Read more
The 2018 Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, with the largest fleet of single design boats racing in an adaptive regatta in the country, is open for registration. Registration is also open for the Eighth Annual Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational, the first and still the only regatta for women with disabilities. Both will be held at Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY, with the Women’s Invitational on Thursday, May 31, 2018 and the One-Design Regatta June 1-3, 2018. For more information and to sign up, go to robiepierceonedesignregatta.com.
Many participants in the Robie Pierce Regattas are returning sailors who left the sport after sustaining a serious injury. © Jim ReillyRead more
The 42nd Around Long Island Regatta starts July 26, 2018
The Sea Cliff Yacht in Sea Cliff, NY is happy to announce that the 2018 Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR), scheduled for July 26 through July 29, 2018 will once again start in New York Harbor. After decades of starting the race off The Rockaways, event co-chairs Doug Wefer and Jim Aikman decided last year to shake things up and moved the start to the epicenter of marine activity, New York Harbor.
Pre-start smiles from the rail on Mark DiSanti and Craig Albrecht’s Farr 395 Avalanche. Photo courtesy ALIR.Read more
By Buttons Padin
Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, New York is the oldest yacht club on Long Island Sound, and one of the oldest in the country. Located in picturesque Larchmont Harbor towards the western end of the Sound, Larchmont’s historic Victorian clubhouse has been the home of yachting history, legendary sailors, and world-class regattas since the Club was first organized 138 years ago in 1880.
Organized in 1880, Larchmont Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club on Long Island Sound.
Over the century-plus of its operation, much has changed at LYC, yet as much has purposefully stayed the same.Read more
Niantic Bay YC Early Bird & Thames YC Commodore’s Trophy Race
By Judy Gibbs
The Pre Off Soundings Cup is the newest premiere trophy you’ll want to win on the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Offshore Circuit. This new adventure is a collaborative effort of Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, CT and Thames Yacht Club in New London, CT, who will each host a race the weekend before the Off Soundings Club’s Spring and Fall Series, respectively.