OPCYC 2017 Racing Program

 

 

Yankee StationYankee Station Regatta 

  1. Pointer Rally May 13, 2017
  2. Yankee Station Series Race #1 June 10, 2017
  3. Yankee Station Series Race #2 July 8, 2017
  4. Yankee Station Series Race #3 August 12, 2017

This is the 25th Anniversary of the Old Point Comfort Racing Program. The program was started by Paul Mellen in 1992. The second year the official program was in existence was when OPCYC won their very first Tri-Service Cup.

Thimble Shoal and Middle Ground

Round the Lights  

October 15, 2017

Round the Lights is a Southern Bay favorite and the last distance race in the CBYRA distance series. The race is a pursuit start in Mill Creek in front of the OPC Marina Fishing pier. Strategy plays a large part and yachts may turn left or right, round both Thimble Shoal and Middle Ground lights in any order and direction and return to Mill Creek. The day concludes with a party at OPCYC for skippers and crew.

Veteran's Cup  

June 24, 2017

Round the Lights is a Southern Bay favorite and the last distance race in the CBYRA distance

CCV Founders Race  

August 26, 2017

Round the Lights is a Southern Bay favorite and the last distance race in the CBYRA distance

Round the Lights  

October 15, 2017

This is the 25th Anniversary of the Old Point Comfort Racing Program. The program was started by Paul Mellen in 1992. The second year the official program was in existence was when OPCYC won their very first Tri-Service Cup.

Dana Dillon Memorial New Year's Madness Race January 1, 2017 Registration and Race Information

 

2016 Schedule


Jeff Rogers, Jim Beaudry, Dave Bouchard, and Steve Ritz are the 2016 recepient of the Sailing in the Brass award. 

Yankee Station Series

Series Standings are poster here.

OPCYC Racing Program

OPCYC CBYRA Number: 06

Region: IV

Area: 0

CBYRA

 

    Yankee Station Regatta

    The schedule above contains hotlinks for each of the scheduled races this year. Each page is self contained and will allow you to register, determine who is racing, look for sailing instructions, and find the results after the race. At the bottom of this page you will find a link to our Regatta Guide. A copy will be provided to each registered racer but you can print out and/or study it online. It includes all the detailed information about the racing program, the location of all the racing marks, and constitutes out sailing instructions.

    The OPCYC Sailboat Racing Program is called the "Yankee Station Regatta", conducted under PHRF handicap rules. The races are normally held in the Chesapeake Bay off Buckroe Beach and in Hampton Roads. For 2016, we plan on eight races, four "club" races and four large "cup" races that OPCYC sponsors and participates with other clubs that will make up the Yankee Station Regatta.

    Unlike some other racing series in the Bay, this is "friendly" racing and we encourage sailors of all racing experience to participate. For some of us, the Yankee Station Regatta was our first exposure to organized sailboat racing and gave us the opportunity to learn along the way. That's not to say the racing isn't competitive - because it is, but we all realize this isn't qualifying us for a national title. If you don't have a PHRF rating, we'll give you a courtesy rating and show you how to get an official rating.

    If you don't own a sailboat, we always have a few skippers who need, and would welcome extra crew. Most of them have raced for some time and will be willing to teach as you crew with them. If you have a boat, but are concerned about your "first" race, we'll arrange for one of our experienced racers to crew with you for your first race or two.

    We support all three classes of racing (Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and Cruising). Most of our racers race in Non-Spinnaker and Cruising class. Cruising class is for folks who own true cruising sailboats and for beginners who want to get a feel for racing before moving on. Unlike other clubs, in OPCYC's Cruising class, we give a handicap credit for certain cruising amenities so you don't have to strip down your boat to race with us; it's a great way to start racing. We had several new boats start racing in the Cruising class last year and hope more try it this year.

    While our racing is competitive, we're all out there to have fun. We use various courses based on wind strength and direction. Optimally, the races last approximately two hours, so these aren't all-day affairs.

    After the race, we'll gather in the clubhouse to determine the race results and toast the winners. For those of you who can't make the post race event, we'll put the results on the OPCYC web site.

    We also host the "Round the Lights Race" in the fall. This race starts and ends in Mill Creek by our marina. The object is to sail around both Thimble Shoals lighthouse and Middle Ground lighthouse. You pick which direction based on wind and current. This is a fun race which forces everyone to do a little "preplanning" and hope the wind stays as forecast once the race starts. This event is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association.

    Our biggest event of the year is the Tri-Service Cup, which is a competition between the yacht clubs from Ft. Monroe, Langley AFB, and Norfolk Naval Base. This race has been run for many years and Ft Monroe has won the "Old Silver Mug" for many of the last 20 plus. We will need racers and cruisers alike to come out and support the club and Race for the Cup!

    Lastly, for those who just can't get enough racing, we co-host the Dana Dillon Memorial New Years Madness Race with Hampton Yacht Club - it's a great way to begin the New Year. Our club normally does well in the larger races and this is a direct result of our Yankee Series races and the experience it gives us in racing. However, we need to continue attract new racers and will do everything we can to help you if you are interested in trying the sport.

    If you are interested in racing with us or have questions about starting racing, please contact one of us:

    Tim Etherington

    
Rear Commodore, Racing

     

    Dennis Miner

    
Race Captain