2017-06-01 / Upcoming Events

Newport sailing club unveils packed summer schedule


The Etchells class’ world championship on Narragansett Bay in 2014. The keelboats return to Newport this weekend to compete for their national title. 
SHARON GREEN / ULTIMATESAILING.COM The Etchells class’ world championship on Narragansett Bay in 2014. The keelboats return to Newport this weekend to compete for their national title. SHARON GREEN / ULTIMATESAILING.COM With a sparkling mix of tradition, technology, camaraderie and cutthroat competition, the 2017 racing season at the New York Yacht Club is expected to be the most exciting and diverse in the club’s rich 173-year history.

That season starts tomorrow.

The Annapolis to Newport race leaves Maryland Friday, but while sailing fans await the arrival of the fleet, they can watch the New York Yacht Club unveil its new one-design regatta. The races take place through Sunday and overlaps the Leukemia Cup scheduled for June 4. Among the one-design classes on Narragansett Bay this weekend will be the Etchells fleet, which is hosting its national championship during this debut event. The following week is the club’s 163rd annual regatta, the oldest continuous sailing race in North America.

This summer also will feature the magnificent J Class yachts, which will return to the site of their 1930’s America’s Cup glory to contest the class’ first world championship.

The fifth invitational cup, which is the world’s premiere Corinthian one-design keelboat regatta, and the Melges 20 worlds will see top amateur and professional sailors fighting tooth-and-nail for every inch in October. And that’s just the high-profile items.

“I know winter has a firm grip on many parts of the United States right now, but the flag officers, members and staff of the New York Yacht Club are well into our planning for a historic summer of sailing,” said Phil Lotz, a Jamestowner and the club’s 65th commodore. “It’s hard to single out one event from such a busy schedule, but we’re particularly proud that the J Class Association chose Newport and the New York Yacht Club for its first world championship.”

The J Class rule was used for the America’s Cup in 1930, 1934 and 1937. Most of the original yachts, which range from 120 to 140 feet in length, were scrapped not long after they were built. But three survive, and the class has seen a remarkable resurgence of new boats, all built to original designs, over the past decade. As a result the competition among the fleet is quite close. Currently there are nine J Class yachts sailing, with the majority expected in Newport for the world championship.

June 2-4: Etchells nationals
June 4: Leukemia Cup
June 9-11: 163rd annual regatta
July 1-2: Tiedemann Classic
July 12-15: Swan 42 nationals
July 16: Queen’s Cup
Aug. 4-6: Morgan Cup
Aug. 18-20: Hinman Masters
Aug. 25-27: Grandmasters Race
Aug. 21-26: J Class worlds
Sept. 9-16: Invitational cup
Oct. 3-7: Melges 20 worlds

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