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
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

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 25-26

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

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.



VHF Channel 68 is monitored during
launch hours.