Beginning with America’s Civil War in 1861, only wars have caused the New York Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta to be canceled. Now in its 157th edition and the longest-running regatta in America, the NYYC’s Annual Regatta presented by Rolex is known for attracting some of yachting’s best and brightest. This year, however, with major regattas either starting or finishing in Newport as well as the addition of the new Navigator Races, the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, to be sailed June 10-12, is already attracting a booming entry list.
“We have 84 registered entries at this moment, which is a great number at this time,” said Regatta Chair Peggy Comfort. “The turnout and diversity of boats showing up for the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta is exciting, and we look forward to a solid three days of racing.”
The regatta will feature IRC, One-Design, 12 Metre, 6 Metre and Classic fleets, as well as accommodate classes sailing under the NYYC Cruising Rule, PHRF and IRC NS handicap systems. The starting gun will sound on Friday, June 10, with the fleet undertaking the challenging Around-the-Island Race, followed by buoy racing throughout the rest of the weekend. A one-day regatta for the Swan 42 class will be held on Friday, while Saturday, June 11, will see a one-day regatta for the Shields class.
The new Navigator Races, held on Saturday and Sunday, will include one race each day using government and racing marks on the southern part of Narragansett Bay. Both days of racing will be scored separately so teams don’t have to commit to the full weekend, and the races have been designed to engender a more relaxed racing atmosphere. “We’ll be out there because of the Navigator Races,” said John McColloch, owner of the Alerion Express 28 MARUFFA. “The goal is to have fun and not get too competitive. I think this new initiative is a great addition, and I give kudos to the committee for coming up with the idea.”
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