Hosted by Edgartown Yacht Club, the 2019 Edgartown Race Weekend will take place July 25th through July 27th in historic Edgartown, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Many 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, and new in 2017, a 20 NM ‘Round-the-Sound Race sailed in Edgartown Outer Harbor, Vineyard and Nantucket Sound.
'Round-the-Island Race is a long-standing tradition and unique in so many ways. The ’Round-the-Buoy Races provide a just-right combination of competition for dozens of teams competing. New two year ago, ‘Round-the-Sound Race was added for those boats that do not qualify to participate in the ‘RTI Race or that wish to have a shorter race.
Competition is as friendly as it is fierce: ‘RTB & ‘RTI promotes fun, and competitive racing for boats at least 28 feet in classes for IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRF-NE, Classic, One Design, Multihull, and Double-Handed. For ‘RTS, boats qualify that are at least 22 feet in PHRF, and one design classes. Entries include top-performance yacht racing programs as well as boats of families grilling hot dogs on their sterns as they round the island.
Where: Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard
When: Thursday, July 25 through Saturday July 27, 2019
Wednesday 7/24 = RTB skipper's meeting at 1700hrs
Thursday 7/25 = RTB, first warning signal at 1300hrs
Friday 7/26 = RTB, first warning signal at 1300hrs
Friday 7/26 = RTI/RTS skipper's meeting at 1730hrs
Saturday 7/27 = 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 7/28 = 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 on Saturday, July 27th 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.