The Hyannis Yacht Club is recognized for running a wide variety of sailing events including regattas, regional, national, and international sailing events. HYC hosts One Design club racing on Sunday and Thursday evenings, Ocean racing (Beer Can) in Nantucket Sound on Wednesdays and several long distance ocean races during the season. In addition, HYC organizes a 10 day cruise to New England ports for both sail and motor.
Each year the Club holds the HYC Annual Regatta the last weekend of July, which has national and international participation. The number of boats entered, often exceed 180.
The Club often runs regattas in association with other sailing organizations as Special HYC Event regattas.
The Club supports two local high school sailing programs by providing facilities and docks for the teams.