Racing Events for 2021


2021  Essex Double-Handed Challenge

Saturday August 7

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


EYC / ECYC Race Series  Round the Buoys

July 12 & August 9

The Hawkins Race

June 20

2021 Hawkins Trophy

In Ideal 18 team racing news, on Sunday June 27 Team EYC successfully defended the Hawkins Trophy in the annual challenge match against Pettipaug YC with a 4-1 victory. Conditions were hot and humid with a 10 knot breeze but a strong flood current and Sunday river traffic made things interesting at times! The photo shows skippers Carter Gowrie, Bill Sandberg and Peter Harding with crew Jim Biggart, Terry Parkinson and Rick Weiner with the trophy at the post-racing awards ceremony hosted by EYC.

(l-r) Terry Parkinson, Bill Sandberg, Peter Harding, Carter Gowrie, Jim Biggart, and Rick Weiner

Rum Challenge Ideal 18 Regatta

July 17

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.


Rum Challenge Regatta

July 24

The 2021 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)


2021 Ideal 18 Club Championship Series


For details please contact Marily McKinnon.

The Loubenvar & Thundermug Races

September 11-12

EYC members - our annual Loubenvar /Thundermug race weekend is back on!  Save the dates of Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. This is one of the best weekend events on the Essex Yacht Club calendar. The emphasis is on fun and informal racing for EYC members only (big boats). 

We will race from Saybrook to Westbrook on Saturday using an 8 mile or 15-mile course depending on weather.   Chef Michael and staff will then put together a great after-race results party complete with dinner and libations.  Party starts at 5:30 pm, at the Safe Harbor South Yard clubhouse, 63 Pilots Point Drive, Westbrook, CT 06498.  All are welcome to the free party even if you don’t race – but please register here in advance. Current State Covid-19 guidelines regarding indoor and outdoor gatherings will be in effect.

On Sunday, racing for the Thundermug trophy takes us back to 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! 

As you can see this 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.  And for our newer members this weekend is a great way to meet others on an informal basis.   Participate in one or both days whatever works for you. Early entries are appreciated. – see entry form  below, and Notice of Race.

Notice of Race

Registration Form

Register for Dinner

The Thomas S. Willets Race

October 2

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.



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