Racing with OPCYC
The OPCYC sailboat-racing program is called the Yankeee Station Regatta and consists of nine races from May through October conducted under Performance Handicap Racing fleet (PHRF) rules and a race on New Year's so you can claim, for one day as Dana did, "I have raced on every day of the year." The nine races include five "Club Races" and four "Cup Races." Club Races are managed exclusively by OPCYC and consist of a series of three races around fixed marks in the Southern Bay, a Pointer Rally, and a pursuit race around Thimble Shoal Light. Fellow clubs sponsor "Cup Races" either in partnership with OPCYC and/or as part of the Long Distance series for the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association. The Cup Races include: Moonlight Triangle sponsored by CCV, the Veteran's Cup organized by Langley Yacht Club, the Tri-Service Cup hosted this year b Norfolk Naval Sailing Association, and the 'Round the Lights Race sponsored by OPCYC. To qualify for end-of-season awards, we require participation in six of the nine Yankee Station Regatta events. See the posted 2020 Sailing Instructions for additional information. In addition, we will score and award the the three races held in the Bay that start at Yankee Station as a series. A traveling trophy will be presented for the series. Three of the four Cup Races are CBYRA distance race qualifiers as well, and members are encouraged to participate in the year end CBYRA and CCV/HYC/BBSA awards.
The OPCYC racing program is designed to be "friendly" - we encourage fellowship and learning with no experience required. As part of the larger OPCYC experience, we conduct free Racing Rules and Sail Trim seminars in conjunction with Pointer Maritime University. We have planned an on-the-water seminar especially for cruisers where we will partner experienced skippers with new racers to assist and walk-through the racing experience. We support all three classes of racing (Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and Cruising) at OPCYC. We help and encourage our cruisers to participate by including cruising credits as part of their rating at every race. Racing skippers are always looking for crew so if members would like to race as crewmembers, we will find a spot for you. Interested power boaters can participate as race committee or photo boat. Finally, our goal is to make the racing program fun. We will have different race starts and will help new racers get comfortable with the start sequence. The Pointer Rally will be a set of triangle course races that will emphasize teamwork and starting skills and provide a tune-up for the Tri-Service cup.
Please join us after each race at the clubhouse as we will swap sea stories, drink a beverage, and have some food provided by OPCYC racing program.