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 12, 2020

      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.

      Register Soon

      46th Annual Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta

      Saturday, August 1 - Sunday, August 2, 2020 

      2020 marks the 46th 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.

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      Boothbay Harbor Offshore One Design Regatta

      Saturday, August 15, 2020 

      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 17 - August 26, 2020

      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 27, 2020
      Saturday, July 18, 2020

      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.

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      BHYC Classic Series

      Friday, July 24, 2020
      Friday, August 21, 2020

      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.

      Register Soon

  • Youth Regattas
    • The 2020 Regatta Calendar
      Registration information will be made available as the regattas approach. In the meantime, mark your calendars for these 2020 events. Note that youth must be enrolled in the Junior Program for the week in order to participate in regattas or tennis tournaments. Dates subject to change by host clubs.

      July 1 – MIRC at Agamenticus Yacht Club (York, ME)
      July 8-9 – Harraseeket Youth Regatta (Freeport, ME)
      July 15-16 – Junior Olympics Sailing Festival, Portland, ME
      July 20-22 – Marblehead Junior Race Week (BHYC participation TBD)
      July 22 – MIRC at Portland Yacht Club (Falmouth, ME)
      July 30 – Adventure Day at BHYC (other clubs invited)
      August 3-4 - Maine State 420 and Opti Championships at Portland Yacht Club
      August 11-12 - Battle of the Bay at BHYC

2019 Summer of Sail Sponsors

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


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    West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
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