The Harraseeket Yacht Club hosts a variety of racing events each season. While competitive, the goal of racing at HYC is to foster sportsmanship, friendship and seamanship. The club extends an invitation to any non-member who would like to join us for racing. Please also check the HYC calendar. Any questions contact the Race Committee Chair: Peter Selian.
Racing Crew: Wanted & Available
To help assist in getting boats and sailors on the water, we have a new Racing Crew: Wanted & Available page. You will need to log in as a member to access the page. Please check it out.
Wednesday and Thursday Night Race Series
The club conducts a summer-long series from the end of May until the end of August. The Wednesday night races are run under PHRF rule. Typically a large fleet consisting of a mix of yachts from Concordia Yawls to J/35s join in the fun.
New for 2021 the One Design Sonar fleet will be on Thursday nights. The two club Sonars and all other member and non-member Sonars can now race two nights a week. Members can sign up for the club boats here: Sonar Signup
Races start at 1800 outside the mouth of the Harraseeket River. Please join us!
There will be a season kick-off seminar on Wednesday May 19th at 6:00 pm on Zoom. We have also been invited by PYC to join a webinar on Wednesday May 5th at 7:00 pm by Dave Perry on the new 2021 Racing Rules of Sailing. Space is limited so sign up now. Please check the HYC calendar for the latest dates of events, races, and after race barbeques.
The Harraseeket Yacht Club Regatta – Saturday June 26, 2021
This regatta is held annually in June as part of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association’s spring series. NEW this year, the HYC Regatta will be part of the GMORA Casco Bay Club Challenge.
The course takes the fleet through the glorious islands of Casco Bay. All HYC members, Casco Bay Yacht Clubs, GMORA racers, and local recreational and weekend racers are welcome. Come and enjoy a day on the bay in a pursuit race format sailing around the islands from Harraseeket River to Eagle Island and many islands in between. Whether you are out for a family race or serious competition, this race has it all. The finish is in the vicinity of Potts Harbor and Dolphin Marina.
Check out the GMORA site for more racing opportunities.
HYC Women’s Cup – Wednesday, August 11, 2021
This event will be run as part of the Wednesday Night PHRF series. Sonars are invited to race in the PHRF fleet. Please refer to the Wednesday Night Notice of Race for details. Each boat’s skipper must be a woman. A trophy will be presented at the annual meeting for the 1st place finish. If there is not a woman on your boat, please invite a friend or club member to take over the helm for the race.
So come out and enjoy a great sail!
HYC Annual Punch Bowl Regatta – September 12, 2021
The Punch Bowl Race is a long-standing tradition involving most of the HYC racing community. Typically, this race is handicapped as a pursuit race and is held the day of the annual membership meeting in early September. Family and friends are welcome to join in the fun!
Skippers meeting 1030 at Club House
RC will coordinate the starting watch at the skippers meeting
RC will hand out scratch sheets with predetermined start times
Your cooperation is needed; this a pursuit race in which the starting times are predetermined based on PHRF rating. If you have any thought of participating it is imperative you contact the RC Chair with your boat type and PHRF numbers with and without spinnaker. It is all right to not show and you can tell RC just before the start if you are using your spinnaker.
Grub Tub Worlds: with Lasers – September 25, 2021
You do not need to be a HYC member to race. This is a competitive and fun race; There will be two classes, each with its own start: Grub Tubs and Lasers. There will be trophies for 1st place and honorable mention for 2nd. So come out and Join the Fun!
Commodore’s Cup Race: TBD Saturday October 2nd, 2021
In recent years the Commodore’s Cup has been held in early October for those hardy souls who refuse to give up early on the sailing season.
The Wiener Trophy: TBD
In many ways, the Wiener Trophy series embodies the spirit of HYC. Dot and Dick Wiener established the trophy after they observed all the fun club members were having racing the club’s dinghies on a sunny summer afternoon. The format changes somewhat from year to year, but consists of dinghy races held in the fall. Multi-generational teams race and it is not uncommon to see a five year old burning up the course with their parent. Students from the club’s sailing program often skipper and leave their parents in the dust!