City Island Yacht Club

Incorporated 1907

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Sayers Series Race – September 12, 2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020 – City Island Yacht Club Sayers Series.

Sayers Series Race – Henry Sayers Commodore of CIYC 1926-1927 raced Water Witch, a John Rodstrom schooner yacht and this CIYC Members Only race is a tribute to him. Our history is amazing. Don’t miss an opportunity to get your boat and crew chronicled into this wonderful CIYC history. AND IT’S FREE.

Details are as follows:

  • Sept 12th – the annual Members Only Sayers Series Race.
  • Not just for serious Racers.  This is a chance for Cruisers to show just how good they are too!
    Enjoy complimentary Bagels, Donuts and Coffee at 9 am. 
  • Scratch Sheets including your individual start time will be available on the porch at 9 am.
    First Race is at 11:00 am then it’s back to the Clubhouse for Buffet Lunch.
  • Second Race is around Hart Island.
  • Sailors will join back at the club for Race Results, and our famous CIYC sunset. Dinner is to be ordered off our menu with delicious specials by Chef Trevor.
  • No Spinnakers, no Spinnaker poles, No whisker poles.  No Reachers, Bloopers, Whoppers or anything else that doesn’t attach to your headstay.
  • It’s a pursuit start. The time your boat starts is determined by your rating. Slower boats start first. Faster boats start later. Everybody finishes together.  No drama, No crunching  seen at the starts of other Races!
  • IF you have a PHRF Rating – then you are all set. Just send an e-mail to Rich Coar telling us you’re in. If you don’t, please contact Rich Coar. He will establish a rating for your boat.  Contact Rich at:  or 917.370.7938.

We hope to see you out there!

City Island Yacht Club Sayers Series

Sailing Instructions

  • The AM start will be at 11:00 AM.
  • AM course will be K, P, B (all marks left to Port)
  • There will be no visual signals
  • At 10:50 there will be multiple horn signals (“On Station”)
  • At 11:00 there will be one long horn signal; begin your count up for your pursuit start from there.


  • The PM race will begin after everyone has finished lunch.
  • PM course will be L (to Port), then around Hart Island either way – your choice.  NOTE: The Blauzes, C “3”, Gong “1” and the Day Mark “46” are marks of the course and sailing between a mark and Hart Is. will result in a DSQ. Then back to L (to starboard this time) and on to the finish.
  • Please monitor VHF Channel 72 throughout!