Sailing Events and Racing
Big Boats, Big Races, Big Events, and Big Money...
On any given day, it is virtually guaranteed that there is
a race or some type of sailing event going on. From local
Wednesday night racing series to the America's Cup, sailboat
racing takes on all forms. It can be exhilarating no matter
what size your boat is and brings true meaning to the term
"sport" that is often associated with sailing.
Some Important Races Around the World:
America's Cup -
Get information about America's Cup racing from the official
Volvo Ocean Race
- One of the hottest round the world races. See the official
Key West Race Week
- Seemingly the only way to get warm during a long winter.
Sydney Hobart Race
- The grueling race that has become famous for tragic events
- Another great sailboat race, with at least one infamous
race in its past.
Runt - The preeminent Swedish "Round Gotland"
Race Week - Maryland - Thank you to the outstanding Race
Committees from Annapolis Yacht Club, Eastport Yacht Club,
the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron and Southern Maryland Sailing
Association. On behalf of all the participants, CBYRA extends
its gratitude for a job well done!
Big Boat Series
- California - The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by sailors
around the world for two things: superlative race management
by host St. Francis Yacht Club and the consistent double-digit
wind speeds on San Francisco Bay. Today’s racing didn’t
disappoint the 900-plus sailors who have come to experience
the traditionally exceptional racing, wind speeds ranged from
10 knots on the lighter areas of the course to 22-28 knots
in the gustier areas, close to shore and the city front. Eight
classes – three IRC and five one-design – raced
two races each.
Island Race Week - Rhode Island - Tradition - it’s
what differentiates sailboat racing from other sports. Traditionit’s
the maritime heritage of our sport, it’s the people
we sail with and it’s the places we visit for regattas.
For many of us, one of our most important traditions is our
biennial visit to Block Island for Race Week. The Storm Trysail
Club’s members and guests have gathered on Block Island
for over 40 years. We have enjoyed the Island’s hospitality,
eaten in its restaurants, shopped in its stores and given
the Island’s economy a one-week boost. Then we leave
as suddenly as we arrived...the locals get to catch their
breath and the Island community picks-up where it left off
trying to meet the needs of its residents.
Bay Regatta - Massachusetts - The Buzzards Bay Regatta
is one of the largest multi-class regattas in the US with
approximately 450 boats and 1200 sailors across fifteen different
classes. Boats and sailors come from all across the Northeast
and the country as they look to enjoy the renowned sailing
conditions, competition and race management. 2008 will mark
the 36th anniversary of the BBR. This year it is being hosted
by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA and Community Boating
Center (co-host) in New Bedford, MA. Racing takes place in
5 circles throughout the north end of Buzzards Bay, with the
large Laser fleet sailing out of historic Fort Taber in New
Bedford. Après-sailing festivities take place on the
grounds of the Beverly Yacht Club with tents, food, drinks
and entertainment over the three day event. Come join the
Race Week - South Carolina - Charleston Race Week offers
sailors a chance to enjoy great racing and southern hospitality.
Scheduled for April 23-26, 2009, Charleston Race Week is perfectly
placed if you're traveling north after Miami, or if you decide
to make it your first regatta of the Spring season. We offer
fabulous parties and great racing in the harbor and offshore.
Don't miss this great racing in what Outside Magazine calls
America''s Dream Town. Charleston Race Week is an annual premiere
One-Design, PHRF and IRC regatta for racing sailboats 22-70
feet in length. The regatta is an event of the South Carolina
Maritime Foundation and the Charleston Ocean Racing Association
(CORA). Profits from this event support the classic tall ship
for education, the Spirit of South Carolina.
Island Race - Virginia - Hosted by the Portsmouth Boat
Cup - California - The Congressional Cup is one of the
oldest and most prestigious Match Racing Events in the world,
and this year it is the only grade 1 match race regatta that
will be sailed in the United States. Year 2008 marks the 44th
annual running of the event, April 28 - May 3 at the Long
Beach Yacht Club. Most of the top sailors from around the
world have competed for the Congressional Cup. Dennis Conner,
Bill Ficker, Ted Turner, Terry Hutchinson, Chris Law, Peter
Gilmour, Peter Holmberg and Chris Dickson are past winners.
Not coincidentally, many past winners of the "Crimson
Blazer", emblematic of Congressional Cup victory, have
often gone on to high levels in the World Match Racing rankings.
Several have won the world's top sailing prize, the America's
Cup. Dean Barker, who skippered Team New Zealand's boat in
the winning race of 2000's America's Cup and Skippered the
finalist Emirates Team New Zealand in 2007 also won the 2005
Congressional Cup. Ed Baird, who won the 2007 Americas Cup
for Team Allingi, won the Congressional Cup in 2004. Semi-finalist
Americas cup skippers Chris Dickson, Gavin Brady, and Franceso
De Angeles also recently sailed in the Congressional Cup.
Race - Alabama - The Dauphin Island Race is a well recognized
and publicized event that will celebrate its 50th anniversary
in 2008. Few events endure for 50 years but the Dauphin Island
Race has through the continuous support of the four Mobile
Bay yacht clubs that alternate as host. From its humble beginning
it has grown to be arguably the largest single day point to
point sail race in the U.S.A. D.I. was recognized as one of
the premier “fun races” in America in the June
2007 edition of SAIL magazine.
Cup - Connecticut - Welcome to the Essex Yacht Club’s
summer regatta. Are you looking for intense and exhilarating
racing? Then participation in our RUM CHALLENGE REGATTA is
a must. The regatta includes handicap and one design racing.
This year’s offshore regatta is an ECSA event and is
one of the qualifying races for the LONG SAND SHOAL CUP. We
expect a large fleet and some very competitive racing for
both spinnaker and non spinnaker classes. The one design racing
will be in the Ideal 18 class and will be held in the Connecticut
River off of the EYC clubhouse We expect a number of participants
from area yachts clubs with Ideal 18 programs. This year’s
major sponsor is Gosling’s Rum, our partner in the quest
to bring you a memorable post race awards party.
Massachusetts - Serious fun, camaraderie, and sailing...
that's what Figawi Race Weekend is all about. Over 240 boats
& a thousand+ sailors will convene for the Northeast's
first major regatta to kickoff every summer. Over the last
twenty years the Figawi Charity Ball has become the largest
single night of fund raising for local charities. Now each
year our event attracts 1200 zealous and diverse individuals
and is considered to be the premier social event of the season.
It is not only famous as a great night out, but thanks to
the generosity of our sponsors and proceeds from our raffles
and silent auction, Figawi Charities Inc. generates nearly
$200,000 each year and has provided over $2.2 million in support
to local organizations who would otherwise go without. The
Figawi Race, now with over 250 entrants, has certainly grown
into one of the premier sailboat races on the east coast.
West Race Week - Florida- Farr 40 - M30- Melges 32 class
- Melges 24 class - Swan 42s - J/Boats featured very impressive
J/105 and J/80 fleets. 18 other J-designed and built boats
competed in 5 of the handicap classes. - Corsair 28Rs, the
only multi-hull class in Key West
Pontchartrain Racing Circuit - Louisianna - The Lake Pontchartrain
Racing Circuit (L.P.R.C.) was established in 1985 by the four
Gulf Yachting Association affiliate clubs: Southern Yacht
Club; New Orleans Yacht Club, Pontchartrain Yacht Club and
Tammany Yacht Club, which existed on Lake Pontchartrain at
the time. The event was and continues to be a milestone of
cooperation between these clubs. The intention was to hold
a series of races on Lake Pontchartrain sponsored by all four
clubs, which would determine a Lake Champion and eventually
grow to an event of national prominence. Regatta entries have
ranged from the first year’s 96 to a high of 132. In
an average year, entries are approximately 120 boats. An average
of 20% of the entries has come from outside of the Lake Pontchartrain
area, including as far away as Lake Michigan and the West
Coast. Along with perpetual trophies for each of the two divisions
(Spinnaker and Non Spinnaker), over 150 individual trophies
are presented over the course of the regatta. The winners
of each race in each class receive trophies after the days
Race Week - New York - Classes Competing: Racer/Cruisers
in IRC, PHRF, One Design and Non-Spinnaker and Senior One
Design boats including Etchells, IODs, Shields, S-Boats, Ideal
18's, RS K6's, and 5o5's. Additional classes may participate
with enough registrants.
Regatta - New York - The Regatta shall be governed by
the International Sailing Federation Racing Rules of Sailing
2005-2008, the prescriptions of US Sailing and the rules of
each Class concerned, except as any of these are modified
by the Notice of Race, and by the Sailing Instructions (and
any amendments thereto). The Regatta is subject to the Advertising
restrictions as defined in RRS Appendix 1 (Advertising). Those
classes satisfying Appendix 1 qualifications for Category
C may carry advertising subject to the restrictions of Appendix
1, Category C. All racing will be on a boat-for-boat basis
with no handicaps applied, except the Grand Prix Division(s),
Offshore Multihull Division(s) and the No Flying Sails Division(s),
which will be scored based on PHRF handicaps or converted
equivalents utilizing the time on time method.
Race Week - California - Join us for 3 days of racing
on the beautiful waters of Long Beach and the unique nightlife
which Belmont Shore's 2nd Street offers. Race with the Champions.
Long Beach Race Week will be the fourth and final stop of
the Inshore Series.
Contact Long Beach Race Week
Race Week Boat Charter
Want to sail LBRW but don't want to bring/transport your boat?
Catalina-37 and sail in the Catalina 37 US National Championships.
Boats can be
chartered by completeing the CATALINA 37 ENTRY AND CHARTER
contacting Long Beach Sailing Foundation for more information.
Catalina 37 National Championship
Melges 24 Gold Cup
Open 5.70 West Coast Championship
J/29 West Coast Championship
Flying Tiger 10 Pacific Coast Championship
Olson 30 Pacific Coast Championship
Schock 35 Pacific Coast Championship
Beneteau 36.7 Southern California Championship
J/80, J/105, J/109, AND J/120 Southern California High Point
Carl Kendrich Cup for Cal 25's
Race - Illinois - 2008 marks the 100th running of the
world’s longest annual freshwater sailing race. Chicago
Yacht Club has plans underway for a spectacular series of
events marking the historic running of the 333-mile race from
Chicago to Mackinac Island, Mich. The 100th Chicago Yacht
Club Race to Mackinac, better known as 'The Mac,' will set
sail for Mackinac Island on Saturday, July 19, 2008.
Miami to Key
Largo - Florida - First held in 1956 with 33 boats, the
annual Miami to Key Largo Race represents the "rites
of spring" to South Florida sailors. This race now has
as many as 200 boats participating. Boats start just south
of the Rickenbacker Causeway and proceed directly to Jewfish
Creek area of Key Largo. Everyone starts at once! All boats
must be greater than a 14' minimum and include both monohulls
and multihulls in various classes. Proceeds go to the Miami
Yacht Club Youth Sailing Foundation.
Trophy Race - Ohio - The Mills Trophy Race is organized
by the Mills Trophy Race Committee in conjunction with the
Toledo Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club. Four courses,
all starting in the vicinity of Toledo Harbor Light and ending
at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to be sailed
Ensenada Yacht Race - California - Created by the Newport
Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA), the founding members met
in 1947 to organize a small, just-for-fun race for sailors
coming out of World War II. Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosted
the first race, called at the time, The Governor’s Cup.
A total of 117 boats paid $22.50 each to compete in the first
125-mile race from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada,
Mexico on April 23, 1948. With winds estimated at 25–35
knots, only 65 boats finished the race that year.
NYYC Race Week -
Rhode Island - NYYC Race Week at Newport presented by
Rolex will consist of TWO different segments to offer great
racing opportunity to a wide variety of sailors. Entry is
open to yachts with a minimum LOA of 25 feet in IRC, PHRF,
Classics, 12 Metres or One-Design classes. One-design classes
and handicap classes will be permitted to enter with a minimum
of eight entries or at the discretion of the Organizing Authority.
Lighthouse Challenge - Maryland - The Organizing Authority
of the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge 2008 is the Southern
Maryland Sailing Association, Inc. (SMSA). Race management
will be conducted by the Screwpile Challenge 2008 Race Committee,
Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge Inc. Racing will be held at
the mouth of the Patuxent River.
Lobster Run - Connecticut/Maine - THE CORINTHIANS STONINGTON
TO BOOTHBAY HARBOR RACE- The first major ocean race to be
inaugurated in almost 30 years, starting on July 27, 2008
- The course length is 332 nautical miles. It will be a navigator's
race, since yachts will have to choose whether to sail north
or south of Block Island. A similar choice will be posed at
Squirrel Island, on the approach to the finish.
Cup - California - In 1993, the Ton Cup was added to the
Yachting Cup as a Friday afternoon "tune-up" race.
Since 1997, the Ton Cup's participants have raised contributions
to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of
their Leukemia Cup Series. Last year, we raised over $92,000
for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia Cup
Regatta is part of a series of 45 sailing events across the
US to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- the US's largest charity sailing series. The national series
was founded by former America's Cup winner Gary Jobson in