HYC Regatta & Racing Overview

Here is all the information about Hyannis Yacht Club's active racing schedule. This area of the site is open to the public as are all the racing events we hold at the club.

The COVID-19 virus has affected many yacht clubs' activities including Hyannis Yacht Club. Here’s the impact on HYC events that  have been cancelled this year:

Major Events:

  • Sunfish North American Championship Regatta    June

  • HYC Annual Regatta July 31, Aug 1 & 2                   

  • HYC Annual Youth Invitational    Aug 11                 

Club Events

  • Ocean Class June Beer Can Series                            

  • One Design June Races                                                

As we approach the start of Phase 3 of the Re-opening of Massachusetts scheduled for June 29, we are optimistic that HYC will be able to resume our race schedules as planned starting in July.

Stay Safe & Happy Sailing!

Bill Abbott

Click on any racing class below for more information, including Notices of Race, Sailing Instructions, Course layouts, scratch sheets where appropriate, and results.

Racing at Hyannis Yacht Club is governed by the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing. Click here for more information. Every boat skipper needs to hold a current US Sailing membership.
Our racing area, Nantucket Sound, is blessed with steady sea breezes, interesting and challenging navigation, and was named by Sailing World Magazine, as one of the top ten best places to sail in the US.
The Hyannis Yacht Club Ocean Race Committee conducts an entire Summer Series of racing events to suit all skill levels that are open to our members and non-members alike.
Weekly on Thursday evenings at 1800 Lasers and J22's race in Lewis Bay. Our very competitive fleet contains experienced and new sailors and the J22's are often looking for crew. Sunday racing for both fleets is usually every other week.
Weekly on Wednesday evenings (June, July, August) at 1800, we conduct our Ocean Race PHRF Beer Can Series. A spirit of camaraderie and fun is essential to our collective enjoyment of the races. Our Skippers and crews have fostered a mentoring program to assist new skippers to join the fleet. Trophies are awarded weekly, monthly and for fun activities in which our crews participate.
We offer a series of 4 weekend long-distance races in Nantucket Sound. Each event has something different, 2 begin and end in Hyannis and 2 have overnight stays, one to Martha’s Vineyard and one to Nantucket. Trophies are awarded for each event plus the Wilbur Cup Trophy for the entire series.
Please join us, if you are an experienced racer or a recreational sailor that would like to try something new. We promise that you will have fun! We also invite members and non-members to join our experienced Race Committee crew, where we need help with flags, signs and mark boat operation. Our active RC group holds regular US Sailing sponsored training events.
To find out more information about any of the below events, Please contact the Hyannis Yacht Club Race Committee at RC@hyannisyachtclub.org

2020-21 Sunfish North American Championship Regatta

Hyannis Yacht Club will host the rescheduld 2020 Sunfish Regional Championship Regatta in 2021 due to the Coronavirus.
Notice of Race (NOR) Document, Registration link, and more information:
Click here for the Sunfish North American Championship page


Figawi Race Weekend cancelled in 2020

This now WORLD FAMOUS sailboat race begins and ends at the Hyannis Yacht Club. Organized by a non-profit for the benefit of a wide range of local and national charities, the event includes a race from Hyannis to Nantucket on Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May) on Saturday and sometimes back to Hyannis on the Monday. Hyannis Yacht Club is proud to host the handout of skipper's race packages and the weekend's opening event. A significant party is held on Nantucket Island. With more than 200 boats typically competing, traveling from Maine to Maryland, it's new England's premier sailing event. 

One Design Laser and J22

Hyannis Yacht Club is the home of great One Design Racing. In addition to hosting many national and international championships, the Club stages races for our own fleets of J22’s, Lasers, Opti’s, and 420’s.

Beginning in June, weekly races are held on Sundays and Thursday evenings for J22’s and Lasers. During July and August, races are held for J22’s, Lasers, Opti’s, and 420’s on Sundays. During July and August there is also racing for J22’s and Lasers on Thursday evenings.

One Design Racing is open for July and August 2020
One Design Notice of Race 2020
One Design Sailing Instructions 2020
One Design Courses Appendix A 2020
One Design Registration 2020

Beer Can Wednesday Night PHRF Series

Hyannis Yacht Club Ocean Racing Fleet conducts “Beer Can” Races every Wednesday evening at 1800 in June, July and August. This is a great opportunity to match your sailing skills against other sailors in a light-hearted environment. Sail for one night, a month or join us for the season. Trophies awarded to the top finishers in each class (Spinnaker (A) and Non-Spinnaker (B) for each group of races. 
  • June Series cancelled
  • July Series July 8, 15, 22, 29 of 2020
  • August Series August 5, 12, 19, 25 (Tuesday)
Hyannis Yacht Club Beer Can Weds Series Notice Of Race 2020
Hyannis Yacht Club Beer Can Weds Series Sailing Instructions 2020
Sailing Instructions Attachment A Courses to Sail 
Please contact the Ocean Class Co-chairs Roy Catignani at rbccapecod@aol.com or Ryan Scudder at captscudd@gmail.com with any other questions.
Skippers are often looking for crew. If you would like to sail please contact Andrew Seguin ams@vallegroup.com
We need Race Committee Volunteers.

PHRF Long Distance Summer Series

Our season-long racing calendar includes several one-day and two-day events throughout the season some of which combine to a season trophy. Competitors come from all around our local area to join the fun. All are welcome and additional crew is always in demand. Some races are rescheduled due to the Coronavirus.
  1. August 3rd Weirwolf Race (at dusk)
  2. July 11th Baxter Memorial Long-Distance Race.(rescheduled)
  3. August 15th Father's Day Long-Distance Race (rescheduled)
  4. August 29-30 Cross Sound Challenge and Tiny Cup Race to Oak Bluffs and return.
  5. September 19-20 Hurricane Cup to Nantucket and Eye of the Storm return race.
Weirwolf Race August 3rd Notice of Race

Weirwolf Race August 3rd Amendment 1

Weirwolf Race August 3rd Sailing Instructions

Baxter Cup Sailing Instructions July 11th

Wilbur Cup Notice of Series

HYC Regatta

Hyannis Yacht Club's main event of the season, always held on the last weekend in July. We hold 3 days of very competitive racing. With sailors from all over, warm water, reliable breezes and a wonderful welcome from our enthusastic club, this an event you must put on your calendar. We usually welcome over 200 boats and 600 visitors including over 200 volunteers including some of the most best Race Committee members on the East Coast.

Join us in 2021 for the Hyannis Yacht Club Regatta!

Dear Sailors,
After careful consideration and research the HYC Regatta Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 HYC Regatta. Looking at state guidelines, best practices, health screening, contact tracing,  and everything that would be required to keep our members, volunteers, staff and competitors safe, we carefully arrived at this decision. 
The Regatta Committee is looking forward to HYC Regatta 2021 when we can all sail without masks, travel without self quarantines, safely run race committee and support boats, and enjoy each other’s company ashore at the parties.
Until then, I hope you get out on the water this summer sailing as much as possible while staying healthy and safe.

Sail fast!

The Hyannis Yacht Club Regatta Committee

Richard D. St. Onge, Jr.

Senior Race Officer

Youth Invitational

Usually the second week in August brings some of the younger sailors from clubs on and off the Cape in youth sailing programs. Focused on a fun-filled weekend for everyone, we provide a family friendly location to promote sailing for our children and the future of sailing.

Chowder Cup September Series

The Hyannis Yacht Club Ocean Class conducts the Chowder Cup September Race Series on three Saturdays in September, the 5th, 12th and 26th. Warnings are at 1000. This is a great opportunity to extend the racing season in beautiful September weather and match your sailing skills against other sailors in a light-hearted environment. This is a one-month series with trophies awarded to top finishers in each class, Spinnaker (A) and Non-Spinnaker (B).

HYC Laser Oktoberfest

Each year we invite our regional Laser competitors for one last set of races. It varies from year ot year and of course depends on the weather, but we usually get a good showing and some competitive racing for sailors young and old and a great atmosphere. And of course there's the party after...