Below are some of the questions we regularly receive during the HYC Regatta.  If you have additional questions ask the Information Desk or submit your question below.

Can we eat at the HYC Restaurant - "The Captains Table"?

Registrants for Regatta and their families may use the HYC Captains Table Restaurant from Thursday evening through Sunday of Regatta.  The Regatta Information desk will provide identification / registration data for the Hostess at the restaurant. The restaurant has a dress code which can be viewed at the HYC web site or at this URL address 
or by clicking here

Reservations are recommended.

Parking Illegally at Regatta / Beaches or Streets

The town of Barnstable is in control of the beaches and beach parking areas. It does not issue tickets, but instead tows the vehicles that are illegally parked.  To recover a towed vehicle is a considerable expense.  Pay your appropriate parking fees or find some other method of arriving at the club for Regatta

The HYC Club Driveway

The HYC driveway is access for members of the club to use the restaurant.  It is also shared by the Condo Association next to the club. Blocking the driveway is an inconvenience to club members who are not participating in the Regatta and to the Condo owners.  Please be considerate and do not block the driveway.

Why is the beach parking restricted?

Why is the beach parking restricted when I can see there is more room to park in some areas of the beach?  The HYC has negotiated with the Town of Barnstable to use part of the beach area for parking and boats.  The Town of Barnstable has determined that it wants to reserve the rest of the beach area for town residents and visitors to have beach access for their use.  Please respect that town has accommodated the Regatta to a great extent.

Why are boats restricted to specific beach areas?

This is similar to the parking restrictions in the beach area.  The Town of Barnstable wants to reserve areas of the beach front for residents and visitors to have a swimming area during the day. On the other side of the club the beach is owned by the Condo Association,  Massachusetts unlike some other states laws state that home owners own to the low water mark.  The Condo association does not want boats stored on their beach.  Please respect those wishes.

Why do certain fleets have limits on the number of boats?

Why are certain fleets currently have limitations on the number of boats in the fleet?  The Race Committee is cognizant of the geographic limitations of providing safe and competitive racing in restrictive areas.  Therefore those fleets may have limitations on the number of boats that can compete in those race circles.

There may be a minimum of 4 boats to start a race.

This page is not official so please check the Notice of Race (NOR) for the latest fleet limitations.

Why are their restrictions on using the boat channel?

Why are there strict rules for negotiating the Hyannis Ship Channel?  Hyannis is a major commercial port on Cape Cod. Besides the ferries, there is a large fishing fleet that use the Port of Hyannis to unload their catch on the Hyannis docks. Plus there are a lot of recreational boaters coming and going all day.  The channel is bordered on either side by shallow water that these commercial vessels and large recreational vessels can not navigate.  They also can not stop very quickly and the ferries have difficulty observing small boats that might sail in front of their bow.

Rule A: Sailboats, contrary to what you think, do not have right away over power boats in the channel.
Rule B: Crossing the channel must be done perpendicular to the channel

For safety reasons the competitors must follow the Hyannis Shipping Channel Rule as stated for their class as listed in the Sailing Instructions.

Sailing Instructions (SI) will be provided to the competitors at Check-In.

There are big boats traveling back and fourth multiple times each day plus a lot of marine traffic.

Are there any weather conditions we should be concerned with?

The competitors must be ready to deal with 3 major weather conditions during Regatta.  They are Squalls, Thunder Storms and Fog.  The Race Committee will be monitoring weather conditions during Regatta, but any of these may come up quite suddenly on Nantucket Sound.  

Should any of these conditions become apparent, please be prepared to follow the directions of your race circle PRO. 

What is the Hyannis tidal rang?

The Hyannis and Hyannisport tidal range is generally between 3 to 4 feet.  The competitors should plan for at least 4.5 feet of tidal rise when beaching their boats or leaving equipment on the beach during competition.  Look for the the tidal range marks on the beach.

If you have any questions please ask a member of the HYC dock staff.

Are there different check-in times for different fleets?

Registrants may check in Thursday and Friday during the times listed in the Notice of Race (NOR).  Once the registrant has Checked-In the process is complete.  The registrant need not check-in again.
OPTI sailors have the option of checking in Saturday morning as well as Thursday or Friday.

Sailing Instructions (SI) will be provided at check-in.if they are not posted on line.

This page is not an official Regatta document.

Please refer to the Notice of Race (NOR) for the latest check-in times 

Is the Medical Form required?

All Competitors under the age of eighteen (18) years old must complete and submit a Personal Health and Medical Form signed by a parent or guardian prior to participation in this Regatta. This form is available on the Regatta Registration Web Pages and may be faxed to the Hyannis Yacht Club, fax number 508-778-6811..

Click here for the a hard copy of the Health and Medical Form

Any Regatta participant of eighteen (18) years and above with any of the conditions listed on this form should consider providing the Hyannis Yacht Club Regatta with a completed form.
More questions?  Submit your questions to HYC and we will respond via email.