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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 Bob Wynkoop (860-659-4588 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.

May 29 :: Commodore’s Handicap Race
June 27 :: Hawkins Team Race
Aug 7 :: Mid-Summer Handicap Regatta ... RACE RESULTS
Aug 8 :: PYC One Design
Sept 13 :: PYC One Design
Oct 16 :: Robin Starr Handicap Race & Birch Memorial
Charles Birch Notice of Race Form

Jun 29, Jul 17, Jul 28, Aug 4, Aug 18

Jul 18 :: Open House/Demo Day/Family Fun Day
Sept 11-12 :: 99 Bottles Scow Regatta

Oct 2 :: Willets Memorial (EYC)
Oct 9 :: Clark Memorial (ECYC)
Oct 16 :: Birch Memorial (PYC)
Charles Birch Notice of Race Form

Nov 7 :: Laundon 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