Edgartown Yacht Club will celebrate a full century of competitive sailing this 12 months with its 100th Yearly Regatta on July 12-16 in Edgartown, MA.
The regatta initially took location in 1924 and was operate from a rented cottage on the waterfront at the Harborside Inn. Extra than 100 vessels – mostly small gaff-rigged Catboats – took section in a competition of sail that delighted participants and spectators alike. Over the many years since, the function has achieved with continued achievements, morphing into a nine-class party that, for 2023, will host 170 or far more boats.
“This is an incredible milestone in sailing and for the Edgartown Yacht Club, which was established in 1905 to perpetuate the maritime traditions of Edgartown and Martha’s Vineyard,” reported Celebration and Race Committee Chair Elizabeth Balay.
A estimate from the Once-a-year Regatta’s 1924 race circular even now resonates all these quite a few decades afterwards:
“This regatta working day was given for the express reason of rejuvenating the Edgartown spirit for yacht racing, water athletics, and everything that pertains to seamanship…for there are no better sailors, previous and younger, than those who had been brought up and have experienced their schooling in this Harbor.”
The Edgartown Yacht Club 100th Once-a-year Regatta will see its sailors racing in a few periods:
• The first, on Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13, is for junior sailors who will contend on 1 of 3 racing circles established up to accommodate three courses: C420, Optimist Dinghy Champs, and Optimist Dinghy Green.
• The 2nd session, from Friday, July 14 by way of Sunday, July 16, is for keelboat sailors who will compete on both of two racing circles established up for five lessons: Shields, Wianno Seniors, J/70s, Rhodes 19s, and Herreshoff 12 1/2s. (The 3-day Shields celebration also serves as the New England Shields Championship.)
• The third session, on Saturday, July 15 overlaps the keelboat racing and is reminiscent of the regatta’s roots it is a one race close to govt marks for classic Catboats.
To mark the Edgartown Yacht Club Yearly Regatta’s 100-calendar year milestone, a total program of pursuits has been prepared. As section of a independently structured Edgartown Catboat Rendezvous, a Catboat Parade of Sail will start at noon on Saturday and make its way by Edgartown Harbor.
Right after racing that working day, a retrospective film will premiere at the EYC’s major clubhouse, followed by Saturday evening’s Regatta Ball.