Ideal 18s

Ideal-18 Summer Schedule


Join the Race Committee boat for a day

Join the Race Committee boat for one or several of the races. Flags and horns. What’s not fun about that!

No prior experience needed.


  • May 13, Old Commodores’ Race
  • June 17, Special Olympics
  • July 15, Rum Challenge Ideal-18s
  • Sept. 9 & 10, Loubenvar/Thundermug
  • Sept. 30, Willets Memorial

These are all on the river except for the September race.

RSVP: [email protected] >>
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Sign Up for Crew Opportunities

Tuesday & Thursday Race Series

TUESDAYS: Spinnaker, Ideal 18s
THURSDAYS: Non-Spinnaker Race Series, Ideal 18s
Contact: Val Shickel >>

Women on River: May 17, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Women on the River (WOR) began by EYC Member Mary-Lawrence Bickford in 2019. Mary-Lawrence gathers women sailors of all skill levels together three times each summer for recreational sailing on the Ideal 18s, from our nearby yacht clubs: the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club (ECYC), the North Cove Yacht Club (NCYC), Pettipaug Yacht Club (PYC) and our very own Essex Yacht Club (EYC).

Safety boat present as well.

Jr. Sailing

Wednesday evenings,beginning June 21. Seven week program. Ages 14 to 18. Experienced coaches.

For more information contact Club Member Bill Sandberg

Annual Special Olympics, Saturday, June 17

On Saturday, June 17, athletes and partner coaches gather for one of the Club’s favorite events, with great burger lunch afterwards.

To participate or volunteer contact Essex Yacht Club's Past-Commodore, Jack Frost >>

 The Hawkins Memorial, June 25

June 25, Saturday

Begun in 1960 by Bert Hawkins, this race is between the Essex Yacht Club and the Pettipaug Yacht Club. Boats such as the Ideal-18s or similar are raced.

Contact: Rick Weiner >>

Rum Challenge Ideal 18 Regatta

July 16: A non-spinnaker regatta with EYC’s Ideal 18s and nearby yacht club’s similar boats.
Contact:Regatta Vice Chair, Jim Biggart >>

Junior Invitational, July 26

July 25
Junior Invitational Regatta, EYC and ECYC

Hosted by both EYC and ECYC, this regatta is a competitive series of fleet races in Ideal 18's for the Junior sailors of Pettipaug Yacht Club and North Cove Yacht Club. Individual prizes for all.

To stay updated, contact: Past Commodore Jack Frost >>

Willets Memorial Race, October 1

October 7, Saturday
Willets Memorial Race
Boats 30’ or Smaller

The Willets Memorial Race is the first of three races comprising the Tri-Club Series co-sponsored with Essex Corinthian Yacht Club and Pettipaug Yacht Club for PHRF boats of 30' or less on the CT River.

We may include the Ideal 18s this year for fun, though these boats cannot qualify to win the trophy.

To stay updated, contact: Past Commodore Jack Frost


Frostbite Racing

For more information click here

Women's Sailing

Lot’s of opportunity! Click here >>.

How to qualify in an Ideal 18

EYC members are welcome to use the Club’s Ideal 18 fleet both for organized events and for recreational sailing on the river. Only members who have demonstrated proficiency may take out an Ideal 18 without an authorized skipper on board. To become an authorized skipper a member must complete the following steps.

Demonstrate proficiency in:
  • Rigging and derigging an Ideal 18
  • Tying basic knots (bowline, reef knot, figure-eight)
  • Leaving and returning to the dock
  • Sailing an Ideal 18 on all points of sail
  • Picking up a mooring or floating fender
  • Executing a MOB drill
Demonstrate knowledge of:
  • The Rules of the Road
  • The Ideal 18 program rules
Sign an Ideal 18 Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement  
The intent of these requirements is to ensure the safety of the member, their crew, the Club’s Ideal 18 fleet, boats in the mooring field and other boaters on the river.

The following Club members are authorized to conduct proficiency tests for prospective skippers:
Renny Schoonmaker
(860) 581-8101
Jack Frost
(860) 767-8165
Pierre Boulanger
(860) 767-2510
Rick Weiner
(860) 767-2281
Frank Flores
(860) 767-0375
Peter Harding
(203) 249-6219
Pru Rice
(860) 690-0588
David Dorrance
(203) 722-5334
Deb Pearl
(860) 395-8847
Jeff Lovelace
(860) 391-3015