Racing Events for 2019

EYC/ECYC Round the Buoys Race Series


2019 Schedule

The Hawkins Race


This silver bowl was presented by Bert Hawkins in 1960 as a permanent trophy for team racing between the Essex Yacht Club and Pettipaug Yacht Club and is entrusted to the care of the Essex Yacht Club. A team race is to be held each year primarily to foster the aptitude of local sailors in this type of racing. With this in mind, every effort should be made to pick teams and boats of equal capability. The races shall be run under the joint supervision of Essex Yacht Club and Pettipaug Yacht Club race committees.

Rum Challenge Ideal 18 Regatta


The Ideal 18 class regatta will be a non-spinnaker event sailed in boats owned by or chartered to a recognized yacht club. Skippers may be required to draw for boat assignments at skippers meeting. Watch for Entry Form and NOR for all details or contact EYC

Rum Challenge


The 2019 Rum Challenge Regatta, hosted and organized by the Essex Yacht Club, is an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association sanctioned event and is one of the five qualifying races for the ECSA Long Sand Shoal Cup. 

For the last twenty years the Rum Challenge has been known for competitive racing and some seriously enjoyable post-event festivities thanks to Gosling's Bermuda Rum and EYC's executive chef, Michael Stafford.

US Sailing Safety Equipment Recommendations (SERs)

2019 Ideal 18 Club Championship Series


For details please contact Marily McKinnon.

Sam Wetherill Overnight Race


The Sam Wetherill Trophy Race, our annual overnight distance race. A fun event, we encourage all EYC members to come out and enjoy some great racing in the waters around Block Island.

This is an ECSA event so you will need an ECSA PHRF certificate to enter.

US Sailing Safety Equipment Recommendations (SERs)

The Loubenvar & Thundermug Races


The Annual Loubenvar Race from Saybrook Light to Duck Island. The Loubenvar Trophy will be awarded to the skipper with the best performance. 

The Thundermug race will be held  with harbor start at Duck Island anchorage and finish off the Connecticut River.

Watch for official Notice of Race and Entry Form or contact EYC. 

The Thomas S. Willets Race


This race is in memory of Past Commodore Thomas S. Willets, Jr. to commemorate his dedication to sailing, racing and the Connecticut River. It is part of the Tri-Club Series co-sponsored by the Pettipaug Yacht Club and the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club. Watch for NOR and sign up form or contact EYC.


VHF Channel 68 is monitored during
launch hours.