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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.

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.

2018 Regattas & Races
May 12 :: Commodore’s Handicap Race
Jun 9 :: Hawkins Team Race with EYC
Jul 21 :: Mid-Summer Handicap Regatta
Oct 6 :: EYC Thomas Willets Memorial Race
Oct 13 :: Charles Birch Memorial Race
Oct 13 :: Robin Starr Handicap Race
Oct 20 :: ECYC Thomas Clark Memorial Race

Important Downloads & Links
2018 Regatta & Race Schedule
with detailed descriptions TBD
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