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From its earliest days, yacht racing has always been an important part of the Boston Yacht Club. Today, BYC members compete at all levels of the US SAILING Association and World Sailing (formerly ISAF or International Sailing Federation) competition. The premier offshore racing event for the area is the Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race, run in conjunction with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron every second year. Each year for PHRF classes the Boston runs a regatta over Memorial Day weekend, the Hodder Ocean Race and the Beringer Bowl Overnight Race to Provincetown. BYC was the primary participant in founding the PHRF New England Organization in 1977, and is a co-sponsor of the annual Championships.

One-design racers aren't forgotten either - the club participates in the Marblehead Racing Association's MRA Series and the National Offshore One Design NOOD Regatta at Marblehead Race Week. If this weren't enough, the Boston runs a frostbite series in Sonars each winter, host the Jackson Cup invitational for team racing, and the Marblehead Cup for match racing. It also competes annually with EYC and CYC for bragging rights to the Commodore's Cup for team racing.

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  • Wednesday Evening Races - May 15 - September 18, 2019
    • Join us for another Wednesday night season. At summer peak as many as 50 boats come out to break up the week with this classic annual series. First warning is at 1755, after finish come back to the BYC for beers and burgers. There are classes for PHRF, Sonar, J/105, J/70 and Viper. Entry into this series for the full season (use the Season Pass payment option – see below) includes entry fees for the BYC Memorial Day and the James R. Hodder Regattas.


      Season Pass Spring Summer Fall

      Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions

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      Results Spring Results Summer Results Fall

      Marks and Course Area

      Mark List Mark to Mark Distances Mark Chart

  • Memorial Day Regatta - May 25, 2019
  • Care Dimensions Hospice Regatta - June 16. 2019
  • Viper 640 New England Championship - June 29-30, 2019
  • Jackson Cup - April 27-28, 2019
    • The Boston Yacht Club's 21th annual Jackson Cup Team Racing Event is April 27-28, 2019

        2019 Teams

        Boston Yacht Club

      Corinthian Yacht Club
        Eastern Yacht Club
        Larchmont Yacht Club
        New York Yacht Club
      Noroton Yacht Club
        Southern Yacht Club
        Wianno Yacht Club

       Jackson Cup Team Racing is confirmed for April 27-28, 2019, with 8 invited teams competing in Sonars in the two day event. Racing will be in the Marblehead Harbor where you can enjoy the racing from the BYC’s various decks, from Crocker Park and other venues.
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      2019 Round Robin 2019 Results 2019 Race by Race Results

    • The Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron are pleased to announce the 37th Biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race. The race will start on Sunday July 9th 2017, and is open to all yachts meeting the requirements published in the Notice of Race and which are accepted by MHORC. The race will offer scoring under IRC, ORR, PHRF Racing, PHRF Cruising and HPR. The race will start in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and will finish in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is an ISAF Category 2 event.

      This race is a qualifier for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy for IRC yachts, the New England Lighthouse Series for PHRF yachts and the ORR East Coast Championship. Special competitions will include double handed crew in the spinnaker divisions, club teams, and elderly crews.

      The Olin J. Stephens Trophy will be awarded for the yacht scored under ORR with the best combined performance in the Newport Bermuda Race and the Marblehead-to-Halifax Race. Dual scored yachts in PHRF Racing or IRC are also eligible for this trophy.

      Chelsea Clock Trophies will be awarded for the best combined performance in the Annapolis to Newport and Marblehead-to-Halifax Races in the IRC, PHRF Racing, and Doublehanded Divisions.

      The Friar Trophy will be awarded to the yacht with the best combined performance in Route Halifax Saint-Pierre and this Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race. This race is also the qualifier for the Friar Trophy combined award with the next Route Halifax Saint-Pierre.

      Visit the Marblehead to Halifax website

  • NOODS-MARBLEHEAD RACE WEEK July 25- 28, 2019
    • 127th Marblehead Race Week • July 27-30, 2016

      The highlight of the summer schedule is Marblehead Race Week, which was established in 1889. Race Week takes place during the last full week of July. In recent years the senior divisions have been incorporated into the National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series, adding a national flavor to this historic event. In conjunction with Junior Race Week, the racing typically attracts upwards of 200 boats. Sponsored by Helly Hansen the Marblehead NOOD Regatta (Race week) is always held during the third full week of July. More information can be found on the Sailing World - NOOD website.

      Note: Your MRA membership includes the registration fee for Marblehead Race Week. However, a separate registration form (at no additional fee) will be required of racers that wish to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Race Week Regatta. This form is available via the Sailing World - NOOD website prior to the regatta.

      Visit the Noods Website

  • TED HOOD REGATTA - August 23-25, 2019
    • The Ted Hood Regatta will take place in Marblehead on August 25th, 26th, & 27th 2017. The Ted Hood is open to boats with valid 2017 PHRF-NE Certificates and One Design Classes. Double Handed as well as Jib & Main only Classes are also invited. 

      There will be daily trophies awarded for each class along with an overall class and regatta trophy.

      Race Site Register

  • SAIL SALEM LABOR DAY REGATTA - September 2, 2019
  • JAMES R. HODDER REGATTA - September 15, 2019
    • Harbor Challenge

      The Harbor Challenge Team Race Series began as a series of 3-on-3 Team Racing matches between Boston YC, Corinthian YC, and Eastern YC. On Thursday evenings throughout the summer, two of the three teams would meet at the harbor entrance for a best of three team racing match up. In 2009, the series was modified such that all three teams race every Thursday, facing off in a summer-long series of round robins. Pleon YC was added to the field in 2014. The number of races sailed by each team over the course of the summer has grown to close to 20; colored mainsails were added in 2010; and Harbor Challenge is now the perfect event for those new to team racing to try this exciting racing format, as well as a chance for experienced team racers to get some practice in. Following racing each evening, the Eastern hosts a debrief, complete with free food and a chit bar.

      The 2017 Harbor Challenge will feature 3v3 team racing with the possibility of spinnakers in use on designated evenings.

      Join the BYC TEAM

      BYC team Racing now has their own Smartphone App. It'll keep you up-to-date with your favourite team's news, events, schedules and much more.

      To get the full features of your teams App you need to download Team App onto your smartphone. Download Team App here ( Its 100% FREE.

      Launch Team App.
      1. Sign-up to Team App. You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration.
      2. Log in. Then search for BYC team Racing and request access to group(s) that apply to you.

      If you don't have a smartphone, reply to this email so you can be added manually and you'll receive email notifications.

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