Damon Runyon, the man who wrote the hard-boiled newspaper stories that inspired the musical Guys and Dolls, reportedly once went to view an America’s Cup race off Newport, RI. Runyon was not impressed. “Watching an America’s Cup race,” he wrote, “is like watching grass grow.” But anyone who has raced sailboats knows exactly the opposite. Racing is all at once exciting, skillful and at times a white-knuckle experience…of course, that’s if you’re doing it right!
2017 SUNDAY JAMS
Can you think of a better way to end a weekend? Sunday Jam races offer casual and competitive courses for CIYC sailors on the following Sundays. All races start at 4pm.
July 9 and 23
August 6 and 27
81st ANNUAL CITY ISLAND YACHT CLUB DISTANCE RACE
Saturday, June 24 2017 SIGN UP NOW!
It’s time to sign up for the 81st CIYC Distance Race! This is not your grandfather’s yacht race….It’s a great test of your boat-handling and navigational skills….Time the tide, smell the breeze, play the currents, and then trim for speed and go the distance!
Three possible courses, open to PHRF and IRC rated boats, with a significantly shorter distance course for non-spin boats…Start time at 1000 hours/Big Tom.
This is a great test of gear and technique in preparation for the summer’s longer distance events… and also a great day on the water even if you’re not a regular racer (non spinnaker boats without an official rating will have one assigned by the RC). Info here: CIYC 2017 81st Distance Race NOR
and here: http://www.yachtscoring.com
CITY ISLAND YACHT CLUB WOMEN’S SKIPPERS RACE
Saturday, August 12 2017
CITY ISLAND YACHT CLUB DAY RACE
Sunday, August 13 2017
WESTERN LONG ISLAND SOUND GOVERNORS CUP REGATTA
Saturday, August 19 2017
Saturday, September 16 2017
EBYRA Series Races begin on Wednesday, May 10 2017
At City Island Yacht Club we do racing right.
The City Island Yacht Club hosted its first race in 1911, and continues a tradition of hosting well run regattas… Our summer season on the Sound is full of opportunities to get out on the water and compete at all levels. Our big events each year are The CIYC Distance Race to Stratford Shoal, the Women Skippers Race in which a woman must be at the helm for the duration and the Annual Day Race around selected government marks in the Western end of Long Island Sound. In 2015 CIYC partnered up with two other clubs on the sound and hosted the first annual Western Long Island Sound Governor’s Cup Regatta. We’ll be hosting that event again in 2018.
City Island Yacht Club is an active member of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS) and the Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association (EBYRA) which provide other yachting events that can keep a skipper and crew busy pretty much from April until November. The CIYC is the most active club in EBYRA’s competitive Wednesday Night Race Series and other events. The Wenesday night series often has as many as forty starters out there on a weekday evening. As a member of the YRALIS since 1914, and a founding member of the EBYRA, our Club offers one of the most vibrant racing programs on the Sound today. In the past we’ve hosted national events such as the J/29 North Americans and Leukemia Cup Regatta. For those who like their racing at a more relaxed, though equally exciting, pace we offer a summertime weekend JAM series (jib and main only) that attracts lots of boats.
Our members are also die-hard participants in J/24 Fleet 61, one of the most active J/24 fleets on the Sound. The J/24’s are out there every Wednesday night and on Monday nights, our J/24 Club Boat ‘Rush’ goes out for low-key training sessions with the others, providing a great way for anyone to get their feet wet. Fleet 61 also runs its own Fall Series that attracts many boats from the Western end of the Sound.
If you are looking to crew or a skipper looking for crew, please visit WindCheck magazine’s online Crew Connect, or contact us at the Club – With so many members involved in racing, there’s always a need to pair skippers and crew.