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The Pettipaug Yacht Club has an extensive sail racing program starting each season on the day of the club’s Commissioning in mid-May through Decommissioning in late October.

At the core of PYC’s program is the One Design Class Regattas open to any dinghy class with three boats or more in the same class. Typically Blue Jays, Lasers, Club 420s and MC Scows are raced following US Sailing Association (USSA) class rules. Depending on the wind and weather conditions, five to eight races are held. Awards are given out at the end of the day, and hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas are served. Bring the family for an afternoon of FUN! Sign-up with a Fleet Captain, and call a friend and spread the word to assure there are enough boats in your class to participate.

Race Committee Chair:
Liz Horan 860-389-1109 or

Fleet Captains:
Lasers – Pat Connelly (860-463-0577 or
Blue Jays – Priscilla Robinson (860-526-2775 or
MC Scows - Chris Moore (860-271-9756 or

In addition, other races are held during the season. (See 2015 Racing Schedule below.) The Commodore, Mid-Summer, and Robin Starr Handicap Races are open to a variety of centerboard sailboats, sailing a longer, single course. The top three places are awarded based on the Portsmouth Handicap System. The Hawkins Race is an annual match-up with PYC and Essex Yacht Club in Ideal 18s. The Birch Memorial Race is a handicap race with large, cruising sailboats (20' - 40') running in the main channel of the Connecticut River. The Laundon Loop, the last race of the season, is a shell rowing race with men and women competing serparately in two classes - doubles and singles – that loops through Selden Creek.

2019 Races/Regattas & Results
May 11 :: Commodore’s Handicap Race Race Results
Jun 11 :: Blue Jay Race Series
Jun 26 :: Blue Jay Race Series Race Results
Jul 13 :: Mid-Summer Handicap Regatta Race Results
Jul 20-21 :: 99 Bottles of Beer Regatta Race Results
Jul 23 :: Blue Jay Race Series Race Results
Aug 6 :: Blue Jay Race Series Race Results
Aug 18 :: One Design Class Race - Race Results
Aug 21 :: Blue Jay Race Series - Race Results
Sep 15 :: One Design Class Race - Race Results
Oct 5 :: EYC Thomas Willets Memorial Race
Oct 12 :: ECYC Thomas Clark Memorial Race
Oct 19 :: Charles Birch Memorial Race - Race Results
Oct 19 :: Robin Starr Handicap Race - Race Results
Nov 3 :: The Loop
One Design Class Race Instructions

Sail & Dinghy Associations US Sailing Association
International Blue Jay Class Association
North American Laser Class Association
International Optimist Dinghy Association
U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association
The Club 420 Association
MC (Scow) Sailing Association