Wednesday, July 1 saw 12 boats racing in the inner harbor after 4 PM. Another yacht club boat was sailing and Tom Churchill in his 22-foot Bluejacket was getting warmed up to join in a weekend race. The best part of today’s sailing was Chris Liberti, director of youth sailing encouraged several of the young sailors to come out and race too. They had five boats join in the fun.
Peyton Thompson is one of the BHYC youth instructors and a C420 coach and she enjoys running the Wednesday afternoon races. She is seen here getting ready to record the winning boat in the first race by BHOD C-Fever skippered by Carol Sewell.
The BHOD class continues to extend their season. We lost one week to fog, but the great summer weather is now here, and the points will soon add up. There were six boats racing, and here we see two early boats that are doing well. Polar Express number 44 won the second race and Bittersweet number 20, who swept the recent Commodore Cup first day, was second.
Five C 420s raced three times and it was great to see them out there. Since the high school team, which normally sails at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club both spring and fall, was canceled in the spring, we hope more of the school team members will be able to join in on these weekly races.
Changes in the next two weekend events
Due to requests from many participants, the next two weekend events are being switched. The ‘round Southport race will be held Sunday, July 19, to help facilitate late launching of several boats. Therefore, the second day of the Commodore Cup Races will be advanced to Saturday, July 11.
The Commodore Cup Races are in the outer harbor and include three classes of racers. BHOD racing sloops, a racing class built around the J/80 fleet and the cruising class.
The ‘Round Southport Race includes an annual rivalry with the Southport Yacht Club (SYC) with the prize of holding a trash can going to the best team. SYC is the current holder of the can. Last year several public boats joined, and we again encourage all who can participate join the fun. The start will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 19 just outside Tumbler Island. The course is to sail around Southport Island to a finish line in Ebenecook Harbor. As previously mentioned, please register early via the link bellow, as we need to organize a timed start, based on the speed of your boat. We also ask racers to download racing instructions.
For further information, sailing instructions and to register, go to the Regatta Management Solutions calendar https://www.regattaman.com/calendar.php, select the race date and click info or register, or go to www.bhyc.net/ /racing-and-regattas to check the time and to register for these races. All sailboats are welcome.