Sailing + Racing
Sagamore Sailing and Racing Program
Sailing for both the serious and the casual racer.
Since 1944 Sagamore Yacht Club has boasted a diverse and inclusive sailing program, for every degree of sailor.
Sagamore Yacht Club has an active racing program that is aimed to please both the serious and the casual racers of Oyster Bay. The Spring and Summer Wednesday Evening Series are complemented by longer weekend races of various formats as well as casual events like the Race to Dinner and annual Club Cruise.
Wednesday racing consists of two 10 week series. These evening races are within the Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor area. After the races most skippers and crews gather back at SYC for libations, food service and shared stories of that evening’s race. It is here that many questions about racing techniques can be answered… sometimes even correctly.
The weekend regattas and events tend to be longer races and some are run in a pursuit format. These races will often include courses out on Long Island Sound.
The SYC racing program begins in early May and continues through early October.
SYC Event Calendar (not yet updated for 2024, see regatta dates/info below)
Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?
Please contact the Sailing Committee at email@example.com
- The initial 2024 sailing schedule has been posted – click here to jump to the details
- If you are at all interested in racing, be sure you and your crew are members of the racers@sagamoreyc group e-mail list. This will be the most timely way to get updates on events and announcements.
- Links to individual race results can always be found on the event page for that particular regatta
Racing Group E-mail List
The firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail discussion group is used to distribute official racing related announcements, results, reminders, and for general discussion between list members of all things racing related. All skippers, crews, and those interested in racing are strongly encouraged to subscribe so as not to miss important race related updates (or tips on how to tactfully brag to the competition).
Interested in participating as part of the SYC race committee? Join our RC PRO Tim Hoyler onboard our race committee boat to help run the races, no prior experience is required.
Joining the RC is a great way to be a frontline spectator for both some exciting racing and for some nice harbor views and sunsets to accompany whatever libations and snacks are to be had.
Let us know by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
2024 Regatta & Event Details
Once open, registration and event information, such as the Notice of Race (NOR), Sailing Instructions (SI), current entry list, and individual race results, can be accessed by following the link for each event listed below. Check back regularly as race documents are subject to change as details for each event are finalized and registration is opened. If you have any questions regarding event registration please contact Jonah Schachner, SYC Racing Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To foster cross-club participation and competition, select races sponsored by our neighbors across the harbor at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (SCYC) are included below along with links to their respective event/registration pages.
Racing Orientation Meeting & Rules Refresher
Meet upstairs at SYC to discuss racing for the 2024 season. NORs/SIs will reviewed as well as an overview of the registration process and Clubspot. All sailors and crew are invited and encouraged to attend.
This meeting will also include a preseason rules refresher. At a minimum, all skippers must have attended a rules training/refresher of some sort within the last two years to register for the Wednesday night series . Everyone who is interested in racing should be familiar with the basic rules. Everyone should follow the rules, even when no one would notice otherwise.
Crew are also strongly encouraged to attend. The more rules knowledgeable folks on the boat, the better.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy cocktails and/or dinner downstairs before the meeting.
Wednesday Night Racing
This is our most popular racing event by far and is open to everyone. We start in either Oyster Bay Cove or the entrance to Oyster Bay every Wednesday night until late September. Our unofficial motto has been “No one gets left on the beach,” so if you are interested in crewing, please join the Racing Group E-mail List and introduce yourself to the racing community.
Registration and event information such as the Notice of Race (NOR), Sailing Instructions (SI), current entry list, and individual race results can be found on the event page for each of the two 10 week long series.
Note that the racing fee for the Wednesday Night series is for both series, there is no discount for participation in just one series. If you register for the Spring Series your registration will (hopefully) be automatically copied over to the Summer Series at the beginning of the event
To qualify for scoring in either series each skipper must perform RC duty at least once during either the Spring or Summer series. See the NOR and SI for details. Contact the RC at email@example.com to sign up for an open slot.
Practice Race (May 1)
Warm up for the season at the practice race, no separate registration is required
Spring Series (May 8 – July 10)
Summer Series (July 17 – September 18)
2024 Execution Run
Aargh, it be a race. A race around a rock. A big rock… with a lighthouse. Come join SYC for their (somewhat) annual Execution Run. A medium distance day race with both spinnaker and jib & main classes. (note – cannons are not required… but they are recommended)
Join the flotilla or find your own way to a rendezvous at Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton to enjoy their annual fireworks display. Often groups sail onwards to Block Island and points further east afterwards. Past Commodore and SYC Fleet Captain Conny Baris spearheads this annual pilgrimage. All SYC sailors and powerboaters are invited.
TBD (usually week after July 4th)
Often includes Three Mile Harbor Fireworks rendezvous
Dooley Roosevelt Race
The Dooley Roosevelt is a one day pursuit format race open to sailboats belonging to, or chartered to, members of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (SCYC), Sagamore Yacht Club, and Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club (CSHBC). The boats shall be skippered by members of their Yacht Clubs or their family.
This is a friendly race named after a renowned sportsman and olympic sailor who was a member of both SYC and SCYC. All club sailors are encouraged to participate, especially those who do not normally race as the pursuit format removes the chaos of a crowded starting line.
This race is run by SCYC and SYC on a rotating basis; SCYC is hosting in 2024.
Race to Dinner
A race, followed by a dinner. Not a race to eat your dinner. I mean, not a race to finish your dinner first – that would be impolite. Your mother would probably be disappointed. Just a race to get to dinner, then eat slowly, or at least politely, while bragging about how fast you got there.
This casual race event will culminate with everyone hurrying back to the club for cocktails and dinner in the company of their fellow participants.
Commodore’s Cup & Dinner
A day race, followed by a party… need we say more? There is no entry fee for this race and no racing experience is needed, come join the fun!
The final race of the 2024 SYC sailing season. If you win, you get last bragging rights all the way up until next spring!
Sailing Awards Dinner
Grab a table for your crew and come celebrate the end of another summer of sailing and racing.