Racing with OPCYC

The OPCYC sailing 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. Also, we have a planned on-the-water seminar where we partner experienced partners 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. Also, we help and encourage our cruisers to participate by including cruising credits as part of their rating at every race. Finally, our goal will be to return the Tri-Service Cup back to OPCYC.

The OPCYC sailboat racing program is called the Yankeee Station Regatta and consists of eight races from May through October conducted under Performance Handicap Racing fleet (PHRF) rules. The eight races consist of four club races and four cup races. Club races are managed exclusively by OPCYC and we have the flexibility to be creative in how we determine the race location, course, and manner of start. Cup Races are sponsored by fellow clubs either in partnership with OPCYC or part of the Long Distance series for the Chesapeake Bay Racing Association. The cup races include: the Veteran's Cup, managed by Langley Yacht Club in June; the New Willoughby Challenge, managed by the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club in July; the Tri-Service Cup and 'Round the Lights Race, both sponsored by OPCYC. To qualify for end-of-season awards, we require participation in four of the eight Yankee Station Races.