The Vineyard Race – Not Just A Local Event

Racers Coming From Around The Country To Participate

Registrations for the Vineyard Race are coming in fast as furious in advance of the fee increase on Friday August 28 at midnight. In looking over the 85 boats currently registered for the event, it’s clear that this historic race has more than just a local draw.

While there are 29 boats from Connecticut and 38 from New York, the balance are made up of entries from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. There’s even an international entry from Nova Scotia!

These boats will all be on the start line September 4th for the 81st running of the Vineyard Race. The Vineyard Race, sponsored by the Stamford Yacht Club, is really three courses in one. The Cornfield Point Course is only 116 NM and most boats sailing on this course are back in Stamford by late afternoon on Saturday. The Seaflower Reef course is 163 NM and stops just short of exiting Long Island Sound. The advantage to these courses is that the participants don’t need the offshore equipment required for the Vineyard Race course.Featured image

The granddaddy of the courses is the Vineyard Race Course. It is 238 NM long and takes the participants out of Long Island Sound, around Buzzards Bay Light Tower, around Block Island and then back into the Sound to finish in Stamford Harbor. The record for this course was set by Blue Yankee in 2007. Skippered by Bob and Farley Towse of Stamford it covered the course in 20 hours, 20 minutes and 15 seconds.

In addition to the three distinct courses, there are double-handed, non-spinnaker and multi-hull divisions. With all of these racing choices it’s no wonder that the race draws from as wide a community as it does.

To get more information about the race or to register, go to Yacht Scoring.

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