Racing & Regattas

BHYC enjoys a full and fun racing season. All races and regattas sponsored by BHYC are open to BHYC members and non-members.

With so many options, you can find a regatta or race for any sailboat and racing class.

We hope you will come race with us this summer! Click on any of the options below to expand for descriptions and registrations of our various regattas and racing series.

  • Regattas
    • 'Round Southport Race

      Sunday, July 7

      This fun race between BHYC sailors and the Southport Yacht Club was resurrected in 2011 when the original trophy, a black garbage pail, was located. While we can no longer race through the Townsend Gut, this race does go around most of the island. The ‘Round Southport race is a fun race for boats of all sizes, often drawing 20 or more boats. The race is a 9.55nm Pursuit Race; there is a cruising class and a racing class. In addition to the individual boats competing, the top three finishing boats from BHYC and SYC will determine the club that wins the coveted Trash Can Trophy.

      More Information & Registration

      45th Annual Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta

      Saturday, July 27 - Sunday, July 28 

      2019 marks the 45th annual running of the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta. The regatta is a premier event on the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association (GMORA) sailing circuit. The regatta hosts many different classes of competition from PHRF handicap racing to one design classes, including Boothbay Harbor One-Designs, J80s, and J22s.The BHYC Regatta attracts between thirty and sixty boats from all over Maine to race two full days in and around Boothbay Harbor. There are classes of competition for everyone including the hard core racer and the cruiser who want to compete in their first race.

      One Design class racing is fun and often takes place in the inner bay with close competition and racing quarters. Racing classes often sail two to three windward leeward courses each day in Booth Bay, with coastal islands such as Squirrel, Southport and Damariscove Island acting as picturesque backdrops and interesting geographical obstacles. Cruising classes sail one long race each day, winding themselves through the many islands and guts along the Gulf of Maine.

      Come for the racing, but don’t forget to join us for a cookout & entertainment Saturday Night or a lobster bake Sunday after racing! Come a day early and take advantage of one of the premier family dining spots on the coast, as well as one of the best sailing venues you will find anywhere! We have guest moorings available from 1500 to 3000 lbs.

      More Information & Registration

      Downeast Challenge Regatta

      Friday, August 2 - Saturday, August 3 

      Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club and Marblehead Yacht Club invite sailors to participate in the Downeast Challenge, a long distance overnight sailboat race of 100 nautical miles starting in Marblehead on Friday, Aug 2 with finish and awards party Saturday, Aug 3 at BHYC. The event is sponsored by Rising Tide Brewery and Rumson's Rum. This is a great way to challenge yourself with long distance overnight sailing in PHRF racing, cruising and short-handed divisions.  The 100nm distance makes this a qualifier for ocean races like the Marblehead to Halifax or Newport to Bermuda.

      Register Now

      BHYC Junior Program Foundation Cup

      Sunday, August 11

      The BHYC Junior Program Foundation Regatta is a one day event to provide the opportunity for competitors to enjoy a day of racing in the Boothbay Region while helping to encourage young people to join our wonderful sport. The BHYC Junior Program Foundation provides scholarships and other funding to support the Junior Sailing Program at BHYC, as well as the Boothbay Region High School Sailing Team. High school sailors from up and down the peninsula and neighboring islands sail weekdays, practicing skills, and compete weekends with other high school sailing teams from around the state of Maine. The BHYC Junior Program helps hundreds of children learn to sail each summer in its 10 week program. Owners are requested to take onboard at least one youth (age 13+) from the BHYC Junior Program or the Boothbay Region High School Sailing Team; such person shall NOT be counted toward crew number or weight restrictions. This is a wonderful way to introduce our young sailors to keelboat racing and a great way for you to get someone with some local knowledge on board!

      Funds raised by this event go to the BHYC Junior Program Foundation to benefit youth sailing. The BHYC Jr. Program Foundation is a 501c(3) corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

      Notice of Race

      Sailing Instructions

      Boothbay Harbor One Design Regatta

      Saturday, August 17

      Save the date for this new regatta in beautiful Boothbay Harbor, a one-day regatta featuring class races for J/80s, J/22s, our local Boothbay Harbor One Design fleet, and more.

      Register Soon

  • Racing Series
    • Wednesday Evening Racing Series

      Wednesdays from June 12 - September 11

      First warning at 1630 in the inner harbor. The Wednesday racing series provides racers a series of short course, non-spinnaker racing in the inner Boothbay harbor with 3-minute dinghy starts. Club racing - open to all - for both PHRF fleets and one design classes (Boothbay Harbor One Design (BHOD), J-22s, and Club 420s).

      No Registration Necessary -
      Just Come By and Race

      Commodore's Cup Series

      Saturday, June 29
      Saturday, July 13

      The Commodore's Cup is open to all interested racers. Come out and race with us in this fun series. For the racing division, the series features a mix of windward – leeward and round-the-buoys racing. These races may explore different areas including Linekin Bay, Mouse and Burnt Islands, and more. Class racing, including PHRF Racing, J/22, and a new J/80 class is planned.

      Boats should provide a current PHRF-NE certificate. Boats without valid or provisional racing handicap certificates will be handicapped by the BHYC Race Committee based on PHRF-NE handicaps of similar boats, their knowledge of the boat and past results. Copies of the NOR and Sailing Instructions will be found in the BHYC Casino.

      Notice of Race

      BHYC Classic Series

      Friday, July 19
      Friday, August 23

      The Classic Boat series are informal races, intended for traditional, full-keel sailboat designs (whether old or new) and heavy cruising boats more than 25 years old. The event is open to both non-members and members of BHYC. Skippers who do not ordinarily participate in racing activities are especially encouraged to join the fun.

      The Classic is free and open to all sailors in the community. There may be three classes, depending on the number of entrants: boats under 30 feet, boats 30 feet and longer, and Boothbay Harbor One Designs.

      Notice of Race

      Revised Sailing Instructions

  • Youth Regattas
    • Maine State Opti & C420 Championships

      August 1-2
      The Maine State Optimist (MSO) Championship brings together Opti sailors from around New England and Canada. The top sailor from a Maine based program wins the coveted Maine State Opti Champion title. There is also a Green Fleet course for the novice racer with great shoreside viewing. The Championship Course will be held in the outer harbor with age defined classes: White (10 and under), Blue (12 and under), and Red (15 and under) with prizes for 1st through 3rd in each Fleet. Older Opti sailors may also join us this week for the Maine State C420 Championship. 

      The Maine State C420 Championship has recently rotated between Kollidgewidgewok, Harraseeket, and the winner's host club. Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club, whose team placed second in the 2018 State Championship, volunteered to host the 2019 event when 2018's winner's home club chose not to host the event. The top boat from Maine-based programs is awarded the perpetual Maine State C420 Championship trophy.

      Registration and Event Information

2019 Summer of Sail Sponsors

We heartily thank the businesses and individuals that have sponsored the 2019 Season of Sail at BHYC


Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club
  • 156 Western Avenue PO Box 497
    West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
© 2020 Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. All Rights Reserved.