Hosted by Edgartown Yacht Club, the 2018 Edgartown Race Weekend will take place the third weekend in July 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, a scenic 56NM 'Round-the-Island (‘RTI) course starting in Edgartown's Outer Harbor, and – new this year – a 'Round-the-Sound race option!
Where: Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard
When: Thursday, July 19 through Saturday July 21, 2018
Wednesday 7/18 = Skipper's meeting at 1700
Thursday 7/19 = RTB, first warning signal at 1300hrs
Friday 7/20 = RTB, first warning signal at 1300hrs
Friday 7/20 = RTI skipper's meeting at 1730, RTS skipper's meeting immediately to follow
Saturday 7/21 = RTI, first warning signal at 0800hrs
OR ’Round the Sound starts at 0900hrs on Saturday, soon after the final start for all classes entered in the 56NM RTI
Sunday = Prizes awarded beginning at 1000hrs
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.