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From the very beginning, friendly competition has been the backbone of AYC's on-the-water program.

From the informal rowing races with neighborhood clubs to world-class sailing regattas drawing competitors from around the world. While sailboat racing has long been the primary focus of the Club's on-the-water activities, our Cruising Fleet has grown and now hosts over thirty events annually.

Annapolis to Newport Race

The Annapolis to Newport race is one of the most historic and well-known of the US East Coast blue water races.

Linking two seaports dating from our nation's birth, the race provides a contrast between the country's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The biennial race has existed in various forms back to 1871, 1875, and 1879. The Annapolis-Newport race was officially established in 1947 to be on a continuing basis in alternate years with the Newport-Bermuda Race. Until the mid-50s, it was the Newport-Annapolis race, but after complaints by competitors about slow trips up the Chesapeake after a long ocean race, the course was reversed in 1957.

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Annapolis YC 3-2-1 Invitational

Like a triathlon, there are three different racing formats on keelboats.

3v3 team race with no spinnakers and two sailors per boat, 2v2 team race with spinnakers and three sailors per boat, and 1v1 match race with all six sailors. This array of disciplines requires a diverse skill set from each team member throughout the multi-day event.

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AYC Race Officials Symposium

Annapolis Yacht Club invites race officers, judges and umpires to our Race Officials Symposium dedicated to developing and improving race officiating in sailboat racing.

This annual event addresses current practices (both RC and PC) and sparks conversations to help all Clubs and Organizations continue to grow our sport. We focus not only on the basics-- equipment management, signaling, setting start and finish lines, setting marks, protest committees, weather and most importantly, safety, but also youth events, communication and regatta management.  

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Wednesday Night Racing

From April to August during the season, this series is one of the most popular racing at the Club.

It is quite a spectacle to see hundreds of boats, sometimes with spinnakers flying, run up to Spa Creek through the mooring fields to the finish line at the Club, then come about before reaching the Compromise Street Bridge just beyond. Dozens of classes of sailboats make for exciting Corinthian racing at its best, and the parties after the races attract members and their families who want to cheer their friends and celebrate the evening.

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Frostbite Series

The Frostbite Series takes advantage of the generally open waters of Spa Creek and Chesapeake Bay in winter.

Over 100 boats annually register for Frostbite, which is split into two series: the First Half, beginning in early November through early December, and then starting up again with the Second Half the first weekend of February through mid March. Anywhere from 8-10 classes are split into individual or blended class starts, and it is rare that there are less than 40 boats on the starting line any given Sunday.

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AYC Junior Annual Regatta

The AYC Junior Annual Regatta was first sailed in the mid-1980s and takes place during the first week of July.

The regatta is open to Lasers, Laser Radials, C420s, Opti Red, White, and Blue, and Green Fleet. Prizes are given to first, second, and third places in the C420, Laser, Laser Radial, all Optimist classes, first through fifth places for overall standing in the Optimist Red/White/Blue fleet, and top overall female competitor in the Optimist Red/White/Blue fleet. Participation awards are given to all competitors in the Optimist Green fleet.

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Newcomers Cruise

The Newcomers Cruise is a festive annual opportunity for current members to reunite and to welcome those who have joined the Club in the past year.

The Cruising Fleet also extends an invitation to those on the membership waiting list to attend this early summer tradition.

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