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New plan for American Yacht Club rite-of-passage

Published on February 8th, 2023

Founded in May 1883, American Yacht Club considers itself the fourth oldest yacht club in the USA. Located in Rye, New York, when you are that old, tradition can use some tuning over the years.

After 43 years of hosting its annual Spring Regatta, with scores totaled over two consecutive weekends, a change is occurring for this mid-Sound event.

The shift began in 2018 when a division for coastal races was added, providing an option from windward-leeward racing. Now in 2023, the format is evolving further. Here’s the update:

American Yacht Club is very excited to announce the plans and new format for the 44th Annual Spring Regatta. We are going to be moving to a three-day Spring Regatta weekend format which is becoming increasingly more popular for premier sailing events.

We received a lot of feedback from participants before making this change. Everyone felt having one more weekend to get their boat and crew ready would be extremely helpful. We also received a lot of encouragement to increase the coastal navigator racing format which will be the focus of Friday’s race.

The schedule for the Spring Regatta is to open with a Friday Coastal Race on May 5, which will be followed by the Spring Series on Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7. We also have fantastic post racing parties planned for Friday and Saturday night – much more to come about these Spring Regatta event nights in future announcements.

The 44th American Yacht Club Annual Spring Regatta will consist of:

Friday Coastal Race on May 5:
Scoring for the Friday Coastal Race will be using PHRF. This race will be scored separately and will not be included in the Spring Series score.

Spring Series on Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7:
• Windward/Leeward Racing for the ORC and One Design Classes
• Coastal Racing for the PHRF Classes (including Doublehanded & Non-Spinnaker)

For so many sailors over the past forty plus years, the Spring Regatta has been a rite-of-passage that helps motivate them to get their boats launched and crews ready for the upcoming season.

We look forward to helping kick-off the 2023 sailing season for the North-East and Long Island Sound with the updated AYC Spring Regatta format.


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