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Racing

Rockport Yacht Club welcomes the participation of non-members in our races. In fact, we welcome you to participate even if you do not own a boat. There are three important links to the right. One is the Crew Volunteer Form. If you'd like to sail, but don't have a boat, fill out the form and a club member will get back to you. The other is a chart of the fixed marks in Aransas Bay used in our races. Pictures of each mark are included for easy identification of the marks. The last is a set of Simplified Racing Rules.

Crew Volunteer Form

Aransas Bay Marks: Chart

Simplified Rules

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Aransas Bay Race Series

The Rockport Yacht Club sponsors Spring, Summer and Fall racing series. The races are on Saturday and average 2 hours or longer and, weather cooperating, may include two races in a day. The races are held on Aransas Bay and utilize RYC's set of fixed marks (see the Aransas Bay Marks link at the bottom of this page) along with temporary marks. 

Aransas Bay Race Marks: Photos

Aransas Bay Marks: Chart

 

 

 

Sunfish Races (Series/Annual)

  • A fun time is had by all participating in the Summer Sunfish Series. Old hands are available to give instruction and young people have a great time learning the basics of sailing. Sunfish races are held every Tuesday evening at 6:00pm starting from the clubhouse boat ramp..
  • The annual Around the Island Race is always exciting, and a great race to watch if you can't sail in it. It starts in Key Allegro channel; the boats head out Leggit Lights and turn north circumnavigating Key Allegro. An interesting part of the race is at the Key Allegro bridge: the Sunfish do not fit under the bridge without being turned over or derigging. Once out from under the bridge, the sailors cross Little Bay and finish at the starting point in Key Allegro Channel.                       Come on out, cheer on the sailors, watch the mayhem at the bridge, and join the post-race hot dog party!                                                         2019 Around the Island Race date will be posted here soon.

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Lighthouse Regatta (Annual)

The Lighthouse Regatta  is open to all sailors. The race starts in Lydia Ann Channel near the Lydia Ann Lighthouse just north of Port Aransas. The course takes the sailors out Lydia Ann Channel into Aransas Bay, around a few marks in the bay, and finishes just bayside of The Rockport Yacht Club. Sailors from other clubs often join in the race and stay for the hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and live music that evening.

2019 Lighthouse Regatta date, skippers' information, and registration form will be posted here when confirmed.


 

 

 

Two-Handed Race (Annual)

The Two-Handed Race is held in June. Typically, sailors prefer to have four crewmembers on a 28 to 35 foot boat if planning to raise a spinnaker. This race can be a good test of skills and teamwork.

2019 Two-Handed Race date, skippers' information, and registration form will be posted here when confirmed.

 

 

Navy Regatta (RYC participates annually)

The Navy Regatta, typically held in early August, is hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC) and is the Organizing Authority for this regatta and provides race management. Bay Yacht Club (BYC) and Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi (NAS-CC) are cooperating sponsors. Twenty or more boats gather on a Friday evening at the Lawrence Street T-Head in Corpus for crew assignments and dinner. The Titanic Cup Racebegins on Saturday about noon followed by an awards Luau with live music and dancing. Sunday's noon race, the First Flag Military Challenge Cup follows a provided breakfast. Assigned military personnel must be at the helm during this race. In most cases that means a newbie or two will crew the race and lots of quick training on the fly. Great fun is enjoyed by all hands. A trophy presentation and pool party at CCYC ends a fine weekend and the beginning of a sail back to Rockport after dark. Boats must register before midnight that Thursday.

 

Harvest Moon Regatta (RYC participates annually)

For more than 24 years, the Harvest Moon Regatta has been held in mid-October in Galveston from a Wednesday to the following Saturday. Sponsored by Lakewood Yacht Club, 200 or more sailboats with colorful sails take off from the Flagship Hotel in Galveston and head 150 miles through the Gulf of Mexico to Port Aransas, all vying for the Bacardi Cup. The race typically begins at 2 pm on Thursday and ends some 25 hours later around 1 pm Saturday. Various awards are presented at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at City Marina in Port Aransas. If you subscribe to the axiom, "Gentlemen don't go to weather," then this offshore regatta is for you. Unlike heading out for a Gulf crossing to Mexico or Florida, you will remain relatively close to shore. Starting order is determined according to the speed and other characteristics of each vessel, helping to keep the fleet closer in proximity and increase the competitive spirit. Harvest Moon Regatta is a Category 3 (ISAF Offshore Regulations Governing Offshore Racing for Monohulls & Multihulls) open regatta for all racing, cruising, spinnaker and non-spinnaker sailing yachts. Yachts must be at least 27 feet length on deck ("LOD").  Monohulls must have a minimum crew of four capable sailors. Multihulls must have a minimum crew of three experienced and capable sailors.A "Welcome Sailor Rum Party" is held at the City Marina Pavilion, Port Aransas, followed by an awards Party & Banquet at 5:30 pm. Then, for those who stay Saturday night, there is a "Donuts and Rum Mary Party" Sunday morning.

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