City Island Yacht Club

Incorporated 1907

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The Sayers Series is a unique annual event for members of City Island Yacht Club only. It  is a true “highlight of the season” for the club and its members.

Since its founding in 1907, CIYC has an amazing history. The Sayers Series is named in honor of Henry Sayers, Commodore of CIYC from 1926-1927 who raced “WATER WITCH”, a John Rodstrom schooner,

Don’t miss an opportunity to get your boat and crew chronicled into this wonderful CIYC history.


The series consists of two races:

  • The first race is an “around the buoys” race held in the morning on Eastchester Bay.
  • After a lunch break at the club, the second race in the afternoon is “Around Hart Island” (in the direction of your choice). This is a great race for the “tactician” where local knowledge of wind and currents plays an important role in choosing which direction to go around Hart Island.

The Sayers Series is NOT just for serious Racers. It is for all club members, no matter what type of boat or what skill level. The Sayers Series is also chance for Cruisers to show just how good they are too! The series is designed to make racing as easy and fun as possible for non-racers:

  • There are 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 “reverse-order pursuit” start. The time your boat starts is determined before the start by your rating. Slower boats start first. Faster boats start later.  No drama, no crowded starting lines or “crunching” seen at the starts of other races! You always know exactly how you are doing by looking at who is ahead of you and who is behind you. And best of all, theoretically, everybody finishes at about the same time and you’ll know exactly how you’ve finished!

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 have a PHRF rating, no problem, we’ll assign a fair and competitive rating to you.

Contact Rich Coar at:  or 917-370-7938.

The day’s schedule will be:

  • 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.
  • The First Race is at 11:00 am then it’s back to the Club for a Buffet Lunch.
  • Second Race is around Hart Island after lunch.

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 presented by our steward.

Come join us for this fun event. Meet your fellow members out on the water and back at the club!