Racing at BYSC
Club Series Regattas
Weeks with Racing
Active and Fun
The Jean Ribaut Cup and Pedro Menendez Cup are both stand alone regattas that also come together to form the significant sailing event named The Santa Elena Regatta. The Santa Elena Regatta consists of two days of competitive racing and social events and commemorates the founding of the Spanish colony of Santa Elena on Parris Island. Both events have have a Racing Class and a Cruising Class. Boats are welcome to participate in either day of racing but must participate in both the Jean Ribaut Cup and Pedro Menendez Cup to be eligible for the Santa Elena Regatta overall award.
The Annual Classic Boat Rally will attract not only sailors but photographers and spectators who want to witness the beauty of these sailing vessels. A multi-leg regatta on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) for non-planing (displacement) sailboats having an overall length of at least 16 feet, the Classic Boat Rally combines the adventure of long distance sailing with pursuit-format racing daily along the journey, and sharing social interaction on shore in the evenings.
Class: PHRF (with additional requirements)
Class: PHRF fleet including catboats; multiple dinghy classes: VX1, Laser, MC Scow, Sunfish, JY-15, 420’s, Open Bic’s, Optimist, and a Portsmouth class
Participants frequently camp on the BYSC grounds and bring along the whole family to participate in the fun. Favorite highlights from years past include being met with ice cream and beer at the end of a tough day of racing, and the Saturday night dinner, an ever popular time for camaraderie, complete with live music. This highly competitive regatta is not to be missed!
Multiple classes: VX1, Laser (all rigs), MC Scow, Sunfish, JY-15, 420’s, Open Bic’s, Optimist (Green, RWB), SIOD, Lightning, Snipe, Y Flyer
Class: 420, Opti, O’Pen Bic, Laser (Full, Radial, 4.7), Sunfish
Club Dinghy Series
The Dinghy Spring and Fall Series Races are at the core of the BYSC racing program with a good turn out of local sailors throughout the series, which typically lasts seven or eight weeks. Though many of the participants are seasoned with serious skills, they go out of their way to welcome adult and junior newcomers and beginning sailors into the fold. A full race committee allows local sailors to gain weekly practice in an environment of friendly competition. The Dinghy Spring Series takes place in April and May and the Dinghy Fall Series is in September and October. (Read the latest on the 2020 Fall Series.)
Usual Classes: MC Scow, VX EVO, VX One, Laser, Sunfish, 420, Opti, O’Pen Bic, JY-15.
We are implementing the Portsmouth Handicapping System; therefore, it is not necessary for there to be a minimum of 3 boats to any class. Small centerboard or dagger board sailboats are welcome.”
Club Catboat/PHRF Series
The Catboat and PHRF class races weekly on Saturdays, with the season typically running from September thru October. This multi-week series of casual races is experiencing a growth of participation and is a great opportunity for newcomers to get out on the water as pickup crew.