Sailboat racing has long been a part of the long history of this club and we are excited to host races from April to November for local sailors. Membership at PYC is not required to participate.
Look through below for a bit of information on what we have planned. Click here for a list of racing dates.
The Race Committee will be offering a few seminars in the spring. Right now we are expecting to cover tactics, race organization, and other topics. Have a subject in mind, email us. The season may start off with a Laser Frostbite series in April and May.
With the floats and boats in the anchorage our Thursday Night Series starts around the third week of May and runs until the end of September. May will also see the start of the Tuesday Night Etchells Series and the Wednesday Night J24 Series as those fleets compete in one design duels on the bay thru the summer.
June 18 brings the return of weekend racing with the Pilot Regatta, our first big event. Expect buoy racing with multiple legs as we enjoy the end of spring. Racers will gather afterwards at the club for food and drink.
The first Saturday in July brings the annual Schooner Trophy Race, a jib & main race around the buoys. A casual, family friendly event. July also sees the return of the Monday Night Dinghy Series. New this year is the Casco Bay Fiasco on the weekend of July 16th. Take four marks, pick the one you want to start at, pick the order you are going to round them in, and then finish where you started. We are borrowing from some of the more unique races in the country to create our own mash up. (oh, and since it is replacing the Interclubs, we thought we might add a team competition too… and encourage team communication during the race.) More details to come, but we know it will be a fiasco!
August 4 thru the 7th sees the classic overnight race of the Monhegan Island Race & Seguin Sprint. This historic race started in 1928 and the legend continues as sailors head out on one of two courses (140 or 50 NM) and experience the majestic beauty of sailing under the stars. Replay last year’s race on Yellowbrick. The end of August sees the fun and family friendly Fleet 43 Degrandpre Doublehanded and Family Race.
September & October
The fall often sees the breeze pick up and the racing is great. The first weekend after Labor Day will be the classic J24 Downeast Regatta, followed by Fleet 27’s annual Lobster Bowl. PHRF fleets enjoy the Lightship Race and Fall Series on 4 consecutive Saturdays. Finally at the end of the season the docks are pulled, the boats are hauled and the Laser fleet decides it is time for one more series.
It’s always good to know the rules and have a copy nearby when racing. However, if you need to check the rules when your printed copy is not nearby, click RACING RULES OF SAILING
Etchells Fleet 27 and J/24 Fleet 43 call PYC home. Etchells race Tuesday evenings, while J/24s race Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Each Fleet also co-hosts with PYC regional events for their respective classes. Please visit each Fleet’s web site or Facebook page for details.
Etchells Fleet 27 Web Page
Etchells Fleet 27 Facebook page
J/24 Fleet 43 website
J/24 Fleet Facebook page
PYC is proud to be a member of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association. GMORA helps coordinate the racing schedules of various Clubs to give racers the maximum number of racing opportunities.
Visit GMORA Facebook page
US Sailing is the national governing body for sailboat racing in the United States. In that capacity US Sailing publishes the Racing Rules of Sailing, provides materials, guides, and workshops for effectively running races, helps organize and support one-design racing classes, conducts or supports local, regional, national and world championships in various classes and groups, is a source for judges required for major races, and supports American Olympic sailing hopefuls. (And that’s just the start!) PYC is a member of US Sailing and benefits from its services. We suggest that all PYC sailors consider being a member of the organization that promotes their sport at all levels. PYC Members receive $10 off adult USSA memberships and $30 US Sailing family memberships. Here is the link for PYC members to access discounted USSA memberships. Visit the US Sailing Web Site here: https://www.ussailing.org