Unique format for inaugural Annapolis YC 3-2-1 Challenge

Published on July 6th, 2018

Yacht Club challenge events are that opportunity for cross pollination among the sailing world, with various racing formats allowing clubs to demonstrate their prowess on the water. Corinthian competition at its finest, and for the bruised egos during the day, the nightly events offer the prospect for redemption.

Annapolis Yacht Club is throwing its hat in the ring as it plans to host the inaugural Annapolis YC 3-2-1 Challenge in 2019. Eight teams representing yacht clubs around the U.S. will compete in a unique format featuring a combination of team racing and match racing in Annapolis, MD.

The three-day event will host teams of six crew representing their home club using boats supplied by AYC. Like a triathlon, there will be three different racing formats on keelboats: 3v3 team race with no spinnakers and two sailors per boat, 2v2 team race with spinnakers and three sailors per boat, and 1v1 match race with all six sailors.

This array of disciplines will require a diverse skill set from each team member throughout the multi-day event.

This past May, Annapolis Yacht Club held a one-day trial event with two race circles and race committees, 48 local sailors, and 20 volunteers. This ‘dry run’ helped establish protocols and timing for the 2019 events. AYC expects to hold the Annapolis YC 3-2-1 Chesapeake Challenge on May 18-19, 2019, and a fall Annapolis YC 3-2-1 Challenge on September 13-15, 2019.

Clubs will be selected by invitation for both the May and September events.

For information contact AYC Regatta Manager Linda Ambrose at lambrose@annapolisyc.org.

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