Racing is a tradition here for over 100 years.

The long history of AYC sailing events continues. Sailboat racing has been a tradition at the American Yacht Club since its inception over a century ago. Today sailors continue that tradition by participating in races both local and far away.

The American Yacht Club is host to active racing fleets. All races hosted by the AYC are open to anyone wishing to participate, including members of other clubs or the public at large.


An open class, generally for 20’+ boats that are not part of an active one-design fleet. Boats are rated based on a formula and scored depending on their time to complete the course.

Small boat racing

A single-person boat sailed competitively all over the world. These boats have one sail and are very light and fast while being very simple to handle. Currently, the Laser fleet is inactive at the AYC. Please contact Amy Sison, Regatta Chairman, at if you are interested in reviving this fleet.

Race Schedule for 2019 to be announced.

PHRF Schedule
Save a Sailor Regatta in June
Merrimack River Regatta (Pursuit Race) in July
Rum Run Regatta two-day event in August
Chet Young Regatta in September

Additional race information and rules will be posted on these racing class pages.

Racecourses are not published on the web as they are subject to daily weather conditions and are often not revealed until the beginning of any given race.

Note that this regatta information is frequently updated, especially at the beginning of the season as the information becomes available. Check back often!

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