Avalon Yacht Club offers a variety of sailing events and racing series for adults and juniors. We sail a range of boats including the Optimist, Sunfish, Laser, Club 420 and a small number of offshore keelboats. In addition to the club level events, the Avalon Yacht Club hosts three invitational events including the Avalon MAYRA Regatta, Avalon Yacht Club Juniors Regatta and the Avalon Cup Offshore Race.
The Avalon Cup Regatta is hosted by Avalon Yacht Club each year in late July/early August. The racing is comprised of two divisions: the Flying Scot fleet and the Off-Shore fleet. The Flying Scots are towed through Townsends Inlet drawbridge and compete in a distance race in the ocean to the “lump” and back on Saturday. The Off-Shore division has 3 ORR-ez classes that race “around the buoys” on Saturday and then compete in a distance race of approximately 13 miles to Cape May on Sunday. The Avalon Cup is awarded to the boat with the best corrected finish in the distance race. Flying Scot awards, the Avalon Cup dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment all take place on Saturday evening at AYC. The Avalon Cup and Off-Shore class trophies are awards at CYCCM on Sunday after racing. All racing on Saturday is within sight of the Avalon beaches, providing great opportunities for spectators. Links to race documents and results from previous regattas are provided below.
The Club organizes seven competitive weekend inraclub regattas for Optimists, Sunfish, Lasers, and 420s during the summer sailing seasons. AYC sailors of all ages are welcome to participate. Patrol boats are on the water so that sailors with all levels of experience can practice and develop their sailing skills. Awards are given separately to Adult and Junior divisions.
Five of these weekend regattas are part of the “AYC Summer Series” that are the basis for coveted Club Perpetual Awards announced on Family Night based on overall participation and performance in the Series. Sailors’ families are invited to watch all races from the Club patio then gather with the sailors for a lunch or snack during the awards presentation following each event.
The intraclub weekend regattas planned for 2023 are: The Memorial Day Regatta; the Independence Day Regatta; the Past-Commodores’ Regatta; the Pizza and Ice Cream Regatta; the Pirates’ Regatta; the Commodore’s Regatta; the Mothers & Fathers / Old Timers’ Regatta; and the Labor Day Regatta. Dates and start times for those events will be published in the 2023 AYC Notice of Race for Weekend Regattas.
In addition to the competitive intraclub regattas, the Club also organizes non- competitive sailing events like pre-season sailing and the Twilight Sail and Poker Regatta. Those event dates and start times will be included in the Club
calendar. Please contact Fleet Captain Fleet Captains Linda or Joe Loeper (Lindaloeper@verizon.net and firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
All AYC sailors are welcome to enjoy Thursday morning fun discovery sails in the bay (weather permitting). Sailors with Sunfish, Lasers, or any other suitable dinghies prepare their boats at the club for a 10 AM launch and casually explore the back bays and channels for a few hours. This is an informal gathering of interested sailors, no registration or requirements other than a boat and a taste for exploration. Please contact Mike Mandell at email@example.com for more information.
All Members and their guests are all welcome to participate on select Friday evenings throughout the summer for fun racing in Lasers in front of the AYC clubhouse. Marks and a Race Committee start boat are set for a 5:00 PM first race start with the aim of conducting several races. Afterwards sailors socialize in the rigging yard or in Clubhouse (bring a change of clothes!). This is an informal gathering of interested sailors, with no registration or requirements other than a boat to sail. Dates for Friday Evening Lasers will be in the Club calendar, and interested sailors are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More about the Laser: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_(dinghy)
Several Club members regularly participate in local offshore races in larger boats (like the J/24 and J/70) and welcome interested sailors to inquire about crewing opportunities. There are several annual regattas with participants from AYC and other South Jersey clubs including the Avalon Cup, Leukemia Cup, Cape-to-Cape, the “Lump” race, and weekly “Local Offshore Regattas” most Saturdays based out of Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May. Please contact Mike Mandell at email@example.com for more information.
AYC junior sailors are introduced to competitive sailing and the Rules of Racing as part of the instruction in the Junior Sailing Program. Sailors interested in racing are encouraged to compete in the AYC weekend regattas, to join the AYC Racing Team that travels weekly to interclub regattas within the Mid-Atlantic Yacht Racing Association, and even to participate in other regional and national sailing events.
Details about the AYC Racing Team and other competitive opportunities for junior AYC sailors are discussed in the AYC Racing Team Information Sheet and in the AYC Racing Team section of the Junior Sailing Program Guide.
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