NOR is now posted for the 2012 Vineyard

Happy New Year from Stamford Yacht Club and the Vineyard Race Committee.

Summer may be a ways off but we’ve already started planning for the 78th running of the Vineyard Race and wanted to keep you updated on a few things.

First, we’ve just posted the Notice of Race and opened entries for this year’s race, scheduled to start August 31 off Stamford Harbor. Click here to access.

Many of the additions we’ve made over the years remain including race tracking, our big Sunday night arrivals party, virtual race, photo contest and much more.

For this year look for details on our youth challenge which is being designed to include more younger sailors. We’ve also kept the three courses: the traditional Vineyard course; the Cornfield Point course and the Seaflower course. The latter two are ideal for cruisers and families who want to participate in the event but stay within Long Island Sound.

Second, the Buzzards are coming back. Our annual midwinter dinner to honor those who have competed in 10 or more Vineyards is scheduled for March 10 at Stamford Yacht Club. We have many new members who are being inducted into the society so please join us for the festivities and story telling. Email buzzards@stamfordyc.com for more information.

Third, we are reaching out to all one design fleets this year to encourage involvement. If you are a member of a one design fleet and want to participate let us know and we will do all we can to help. Contact us at vineyardrace@stamfordyc.com

Finally, Bruce Nelson will be joining us this year. Bruce is a Vineyard veteran and is the winner of the 2011 virtual race run by Sailonline.org. He will be joining us for our Thursday night skipper’s meeting at Stamford Yacht Club where he will share his knowledge and experience.

We will have many more updates for you in the coming months. Meanwhile, block out Labor Day weekend for another spectacular Vineyard Race weekend.

To stay up to date:

vineyardrace.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/vineyardrace

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