Open Sailing/Weekend Racing

Sailboats and sailboat racing date back to the founding of the YCSH in the 1920s. Our first YCSH Annual Sailing Regatta was held in 1935, and the tradition continues today.

At the YCSH, our sailboat racing is open to all members, and we are happy to accommodate separate race starts and scoring for any one-design fleet of three or more boats. Youth sailors, as well as adult sailors, are welcome. We race every Saturday in the summer, and our race course is in “the flats” right across from the Club, or in the Great Sound near the mainland. The Flying Scot has become the primary adult race boat in recent years replacing the Comets, Cheetah Cats and Sunfish. Because we have tidal waters, the schedule will vary from week to week, so please see our race schedule.

Flying Scot Fleet

Our Flying Scot fleet was chartered in 2005 and we are now up to 14 active boats at YCSH including our Club boat available for use by prospective Scot owners and Club members. The YCSH Flying Scot sailors enjoy both cruising the local waters and racing “around the marks” on Saturday afternoons. These races are also open to experienced sailors who wish to rent the Club boat to try out a Flying Scot. Arrangements can be made by contacting the Club Office at 609-368-1201. Flying Scot inquiries can be sent to the Fleet Captain, Linda Nicholson.

YCSH is the host for several open regattas every summer, See our sailing schedule for upcoming events and watch for special announcements in the Club Blinker. In recent years, the Flying Scot Fleets at Avalon yacht Club and the YCSH have competed for the Interclub Trophy in a summer-long series of races designated for this event. Announcement of the Champion is the highlight of our Labor Day weekend.

Sailing Lessons
In addition to our YAP program for youth sailing, the Club offers individual and group learn-to-sail lessons in Flying Scots, Sunfish and 420s. Arrangements are made by calling the Club Office at 609-368-1201

Club-owned Sailboat Information
The Club has a variety of sailboats which are available for members to rent on the weekends and at times when YAP classes are not using them. Arrangements are made through the Club Office. If you need a lesson first, instructors are available for private lessons. The Club-owned kayaks are also available for rent on a half-day basis. Advance arrangements are required.

MAYRA and US Sailing Events
The YCSH is a member of the national governing body of sailboat racing, US Sailing, and its regional association, MAYRA. These organizations host local, regional and national events in which our sailors, regatta organizers and Flag Officers participate. In turn we host certain regattas for visiting sailors. 

The Club is also a member of the Flying Scot Sailing Association and Yacht Clubs of America.