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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 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 Chairs:
Brian Donohue 860-620-3031
Dick Hutchinson – 203-676-7056

Fleet Captains:
Lasers – Laura Nunno 860-306-3013
Blue Jays – Priscilla Robinson – 860-526-2775
MC Scows Amy Enders Walsh – 860-659-4588
Sunfish – Sarah Dubois – 860-767-0137
17' Daysailors – Lisa Fasulo – 860-575-4911
J15 – Peter Charbonnier – 860-767-7556

Other races during the season:
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.

May 20 :: Commodore’s Handicap Race
Jun 24 :: Hawkins Team Race
Aug 15 :: Mid-Summer Handicap Regatta
Oct 21 :: Robin Starr Handicap Race

#1 May 20
#2 Jun 24
#3 Jul 22
#4 Aug 5
#5 Aug 19

2023 BLUE JAY SERIES (Wednesdays)
#1 May 24
#2 Jun 21
#3 Jul 26
#4 Aug 9
#5 Aug 23

Weekly Race Series
TBD :: 99 Bottles Scow Regatta

Oct 7 :: Willets Memorial (EYC)
Oct 14 :: Clark Memorial (ECYC)
Oct 21 :: Birch Memorial (PYC)

TBD :: Laundon Loop

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