High Performance dinghyAmerican Yacht Club in Rye, NY will host the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8, 2017. Previously named the HPDO (High Performance Dinghy Open), the event has been renamed to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats.

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“The membership of American Yacht Club is aware of the changing landscape of sailing,” said Commodore Andy Giglia, “and to further support our mission statement ‘enhancing our heritage of leadership in the sport of sailing and furthering the growth of the sport,’ we are committed to help lead that change.”

While supporting all the classes that have made this event successful over the last 13 years (Viper 640, RS K6, J/70, International 5O5 and any centerboard dinghy with a Portsmouth number of 86.3 or less including the Flying Dutchman, International 14, Fireball and International Canoe), this year the I420, Waszp, UFO and Moth classes have been added. The Moth, Waszp and UFO (pictured) are the leading foiling classes in the U.S., and the I420 is the world-recognized platform for junior sailors to enter the world of high performance sailing.

“We are working very hard to provide a competitor-focused event,” said event Co-Chairman Rich Hulit. “Our objective is to maximize the number of races and we will be embracing a short courses/high volume format…all of this with the New York City Skyline in the background and the great shoreside facilities American Yacht Club has always been known for.”

American Yacht Club is hosting their annual Fall Series the two proceeding weekends before the HPR, which will allow J/70 teams three uninterrupted weekends to tune up for the 2017 J/70 North Americans, which are scheduled to start on October 11 at American YC. The NOR and the event website can be found at YachtScoring.com. For more information, contact aycrc@americanyc.org.

Donovan McSorley at American Yacht Club contributed to this report.