Hosted by Edgartown Yacht Club, the 2017 Edgartown Race Weekend will take place Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22 in historic Edgartown, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard. More than 70 yachts attend each year, competing in two days of 'Round-the-Buoy (‘RTB) racing followed by a scenic 56NM 'Round-the-Island (‘RTI) course starting in Edgartown's Outer Harbor.
The Edgartown Yacht Club 'Round-the-Island Race is a long-standing tradition and unique in so many ways. The ’Round-the-Buoy Races were added in 2012 to provide a just-right combination of competition for dozens of teams competing. Competition is as friendly as it is fierce: ERW promotes fun, competitive racing for boats 28 feet and longer in classes for IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRF-NE, Classic, One Design, Multihull, and Double-Handed. Entries include top-performance yacht racing programs as well as boats of families grilling hot dogs on their sterns as they round the island.
Now in its 6th year, the EYC's 'Round-the-Buoy two-day series starts on Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21, 2017.
The ‘RTB skipper's meeting takes place at Edgartown Yacht Club on Wednesday, July 19 at 1700 hours, then racing commences the following morning with the first warning signal at 1000 hours. After Friday's races, participants and families are invited to Edgartown Yacht Club for a Mount Gay sponsored award ceremony and Jump-Up party on Friday evening!
The Round-the-Island race has been held annually since 1938, except for the years of WWII. The race was inspired by the race around the Isle of Wight which began in Cowes, England in 1931.
The course is reminiscent of the race around the Isle of Wight in England, which was the course of the first America’s Cup. As with the Isle of Wight, tidal currents and wind effects play a large factor.
The race passes over Nantucket Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and Vineyard Sound, and by the seven lighthouses of Cape Poge, Gay Head, Tarpaulin Cove, Nobska, West Chop, East Chop and Edgartown as it circumnavigates the 100 square miles that make up Martha’s Vineyard.
With a first warning signal at 0800 hours, both cruising and racing boats typically finish by late afternoon or early evening. In the morning the fleet sails between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket along the east beach of Chappaquiddick. At midday they are in the open Atlantic Ocean with views of the south coast of the Vineyard. In the afternoon, rounding the cliffs of Gay Head, the fleet sails up Vineyard Sound. If the tidal currents or wind conditions make going slow, the Race Committee may shorten course to finish just north of Menemsha.
Click here to register for the ‘Round-the-Buoy Races, and here to register for the Round-the-Island Race. To read the Notices of Race, click here. A registration fee is required for the ‘Round-the-Island Race; the ‘Round-the-Buoy Races are free.