Welcome to the Vineyard Race
Mark your calendar for the 2016 edition, scheduled to start September 2, 2016 off Stamford Harbor.
Why should you enter?
-You can race on one of three separate courses: the traditional Vineyard course or one of two courses (Cornfield and Seaflower) within Long Island Sound.
-You can race IRC, PHRF or HPR.
-You can race in our growing double handed and multihull classes.
-If you race doublehanded you can race either the Seaflower or Vineyard course.
-You can race PHRF non-spinnaker on the Seaflower or Cornfield Point course.
-The Vineyard Race is the final qualifier for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy, New England Lighthouse Series, and Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy.
-If you've raced in 10 or more Vineyards you are eligible to be a member of the Buzzards Society.
-You get to be part of one of the best post-race parties on Long Island Sound.
-With our earlier starting times you get back earlier to spend more time with your family and loved ones.
-If you're a college sailor you're invited to participate in our Corinthian Challenge.
Labor Day weekend's Vineyard Race is a classic American yachting event: a 238-mile course stretching from Shippan Point, through the swirling currents of the Race or Plum Gut, past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard's Bay, to return leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor. Begun in 1932, it has attracted the finest sailors and fastest boats for nearly 80 years, and its intricacies and challenges bring them back time after time. Those who are successful nearly always credit local knowledge of these tricky waters and a good deal of luck.
In 1982 the race was described by Bob Bavier in Yachting as one of the "yachting classics." Here's how he describes it:
"The greatest distance races of the world have several things in common - a challenging course, competitive fleets and an interesting array of famous yachts. By those standards, the Stamford Yacht Club's Vineyard Race rates close to the top. Like a miniature Fastnet, the Vineyard has a combination of coastal cruising, where currents play a big role, a stretch of ocean sailing, and a mark to round - the Buzzards Bay tower - before returning."
The fastest time to complete the course was set by Blue Yankee in 2007. Skippered by Bob and Farley Towse of Stamford it covered the course in 20 hours, 20 minutes and 15 seconds.