Racing Events for 2022


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 14, Old Commodores’ Race
  • June 18, Special Olympics
  • Sept. 10 & 11, Loubenvar/Thundermug
  • Oct. 1, Willets Memorial
  • July 16, Rum Challenge Ideal-18s

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

RSVP  >>

Check out the flyer >>

Sign Up for Crew Opportunities

Sailing Clinics w. Professional Coach

Advanced Boat Handling lessons:
The following Tuesdays at 2:30
June 7, June 21, July 5, and July 19
Spinnaker & Racing Strategy:
The following Thursdays at 4:00 June 9, June 23, July 7, and July 21
RSVP to EYC Member Valerie Shickel >>

Basic Race Management Seminar, March 26

March 26, Saturday

Basic Race Management Seminar At the Essex Yacht Club
Ever wonder what a Race Committee does?

Read flyer >>
Register by March 23, Click here >>

Sails Up 4 Cancer: Gowrie Group Regatta, April 30

April 30, Saturday

This is a multi-club fundraising regatta in one-design boats, which means sailboats such as EYC’s Ideal 18s.

Get all the details here >>
Register here >>
Buy tickets to EYC party, $30. Band Cherry Pie is playing >>

Old Commodores Spyglass, May 14

May 14

A classic tradition of the Essex Yacht Club, former Commodore’s compete against each other in the Ideal-18s.

This is also the classic date of the Club’s commissioning celebration, in the evening — and the classic day known as Founders’ Day, celebrating the informal reason the Club was founded: the love of dinghy racing, hence the Ideal-18 Commodores’ competition.

To stay updated, contact Past Commodore Jack Frost >>


Team Racing at Norwalk, May 15

May 15

Contact: Rick Weiner >>

Sam Wetherill Overnight Race, May 20

Free U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Check, June 4

Click here >> for details


Jr. Sailing, June 17

Ages 8 - 18, with assigned boats accordingly
Every Friday, June 17 - July 29
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Please email Deb Pearl, Co-chair>>
Read more here >>

Hawkins Memorial, June 26

June 26

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, July 16

July 16

Contact: Jim Biggart >>


Rum Challenge PHRF, July 23

July 23 - Results >>

The Essex Rum Challenge sponsored by Gosling Rum celebrates its 27th year. Everyone, please join the award-winning post-race party, 5:30 p.m. And, skippers, be sure to enter either the spinnaker and/or non-Spinnaker classes. The trophy is classic: a 10-liter keg of Goslings Rum.

Contact: Jim Biggart >> and John Amendola >>


Junior Invitational, July 26

July 26
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 >>


Women's Championship Race, August 1 & 3

Aug 1 and 3, in memorium of Past Commodore W. F. Rowe Jr.

Contact: Past Commodore Marily MacKinnon >>
View Notice of Race (NoR) >>

Special Olympics, August 6

August 6, Saturday, All Day
Special Olympics Invitational Regatta 

This fun event is an invitational regatta in Ideal 18's among 12 crews from Special Olympics sailing programs in CT, RI, and MA, with an EYC member participating as part of each crew.

A Club favorite for volunteering. We appreciate how many of you show up to help: welcome the athletes and their families, match members and spectators with their crews and spectator boat hosts, launch and land the fleet.

To stay updated, contact Past Commodore Jack Frost >>


Loubenvar/Thundermug Race, September 10 & 11

Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11

Big Boats Racing + Club Members Meet-Up by Land Participate in one or both days, whatever works for you.
One of the best Essex Yacht Club weekends!

Fun + Informal Race: The Loubenvar
Saturday, September 10

With the emphasis on fun and informal racing, EYC members’ big boats race from Old Saybrook to Westbrook using an 8-mile or 15- mile course depending on the weather.

After-Race Results Party
The Funniest Award: The Loubenvar “Drink” Trophy
Saturday, 5:30 pm
The Safe Harbor South Yard Clubhouse >>

No charge. Every Club Member welcome. Come by car or boat.
Chef Michael and staff throw a great party, complete with dinner and libations. All are welcome to the free party even if you don’t race.

Sunday, September 11
Below-Deck Anchor-Start Thundermug Race

On Sunday, racing for the Thundermug trophy takes us back to Old Saybrook. For this race, we use an anchor start routine. All boats are anchored off Duck Island with the crews below. At the designated starting time, the crews run on deck, raise the anchor, and go!

Thundermug Trophy Awarded
Sunday, 6:00 pm
On the upper deck of the Club, join us for acoustic music and presentation of the Thundermug winner(s)

Everyone Invited
As you can see, the weekend’s racing is non-typical. It is all about getting out on the water, socializing, and sailing with your fellow yacht club members. All boats are welcome, large and small, fast and slow; just come and have fun.
A great way to meet other members on an informal basis. Participate in one or both days, whatever works for you.

Inquiries, contact Past Commodore Frank Flores >> & Club Manager Bob Forbes >>


Harrison Memorial Race, September 17

September 17

This race is between the Essex Yacht Club and our neighbor, the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club. Our regatta committee commissioned the Varick “Rick” Harrison Trophy in recognition of Past Commodore Harrison’s decades of service and support for saililng and racing.
Contact: Rick Weiner >>


Willets Memorial Race, October 1

October 1, 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.

The race starts in front of the club and proceeds north, then back down the river to Buoy 23 in Old Lyme and back again.

This is great opportunity for smaller boats to race in smooth water, crank a winch or two, enjoy an EYC Club Sandwich (not included in the entry fee) during the leisurely reach to the leeward mark, and come home to the finish with an incoming tide. It doesn't get any better!

The Thomas S. Willets Memorial begain in honor of Commodore Tom Willets, Commodore in 1950.

So if you know someone with a Nonsuch, an Eddy and Duff, a Sabre, a J/24, anything with a PHRF rating, tell them to wash their bottoms and come out for a race they just might win. That's what Performance Handicap Rating Fleet (PHRF) is all about. It allows dissimilar sailboats to race with and against each other. If you don't have a rating, we know people who can take care of that too.

To stay updated, contact Past Commodore Jack Frost >>



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