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.

As our racing season draws to a close, in September 2020 we are thankful that we have managed to run many club events safely. We still have several (PHRF) Ocean Races rescheduled from earlier in the season. 

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


Figawi Race Weekend

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

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 canceled
  • 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: Click here to fill out the volunteer form

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. Wednesday Sept 2 Weirwolf Moonlight Race
  2. July 11th Baxter Memorial Long-Distance Race 
  3. Saturday September 12 rescheduled Father's Day Long-Distance Race
  4. Saturday September 5 rescheduled Cross Sound Challenge to be raced out and back in Nantucket Sound
  5. Saturday September 19 Hurricane Cup to Nantucket.

Weirwolf Race August 3rd Notice of Race

Wierwolf Race September 2 Amendment1

Weirwolf Race August 3rd Sailing Instructions

Baxter Cup Sailing Instructions July 11th

Cross Sound Challenge NOR August 29

Cross Sound Challenge SI August 29

Wilbur Cup Notice of Series

Fathers Day NOR Sept 12

Father's Day SI Released Sept 11
Hurricane Cup September 19 NOR V2.2 Sept 13

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.
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...