Spring has sprung. The welcome sounds of the song birds and the vibrating sanders. The wonderful smells of the flowers and bottom paint. The bliss of sitting with a cold drink after a session of buffing and waxing. Best of all, sailing and racing will emerge from the cold of winter for all of us in the next few weeks.
Now is the time to plan your racing calendar. Visit the NBYA site (NBYA.org) where you can find a region-wide listing of big boat races and also one for junior events. On the junior side, we will be hosting a full slate of nine regattas for Optis, 420s and Lasers. The season culminates in the championship, Junior Race Week August 15 through 17, at Compass Rose Beach in Newport. There is also information in the junior section of the site about grants that are available both to junior sailors and to instructors.
For those racing big boats, it is time to sign up for the early season events. NBYA is again running the ‘Round The Bay race on June 18th. The unique feature of this race is that there are 4 start/finish lines situated around the bay so you won’t have a long commute to get to the race. Over 30 boats participated last year winning prizes for each starting area as well as the overall regatta prizes. GMT Composites is again sponsoring the Boat Of The Year competition. It is a season long series of 11 races. You only need to compete in any 5 to win the spinnaker or non-spinnaker division. Just sign up for your 2022 NBYA membership and you can take part in the quest for the cup at no additional charge. There are other early races that you should consider, all listed on the calendar. May 15 Pret Gladding Race, May 21 Twenty Hundred Club 3 Bridge Fiasco, and May 28 Owen Mitchell Regatta. Also a new race to raise funds for humanitarian aid to the Ukraine is being run on June 4 by the 12 meter group. Sail for the cause and also as a good tune up for the coming season.
I look forward to seeing each of you out on the bay soon.