It's Tune-Up Time for Spring Sailboat Racing

Tune up your race boat for early spring competition.

It's spring sailboat racing tune-up time! The equinox, sock burning, sanding, scrubbing, painting, deck check, rig tune… splash! May it all go swiftly and smoothly for sailors as we ready our race boats for April early season competition. Before the first big regatta of the season, the Helly Hanson Sailing World Regatta Series Annapolis May 3-5, there will be plenty of opportunities to warm up on the racecourse and get the kinks out.

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A Navy team racing in 2023. Photo by Will Keyworth

Southern Bay sailors tend to start early—not only is it warmer down there, but it’s hard to keep the sailing-crazy Norfolk and Hampton racers inside when the Bay awaits. Hampton Yacht Club (HYC) and Broad Bay Sailing Association’s Little Creek and Willoughby Racers’ weeknight races started the first week in April, two weeks before the Baltimore City Yacht Association launches its Tuesday Night Series and three weeks before Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) Wednesday Night racers get to the start line.

On weekends, a number of spring tune-up regattas will take place this month. Starting with the Southern Bay, HYC hosted an April Fools One Design Regatta (April 6). Old Point Comfort Yacht Club has started its long Yankee Point Series (April 8), CCV Racing began its spring series (April 14), and Southern Maryland Sailing Association held its Spring Invitational (April 14).

The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA)  Green Book schedule gives these dates for more early season racing: Magothy River Sailing Association Spring Fling (April 27) and the AYC Spring One Design Regatta (April 27). 

Severn Sailing Association (SSA) started its busy season with the Solings Spring Series (April 13). Next up are the ILCA Sunshine Open (April 20) and SSA hosts regattas like mad every weekend through fall. 

Look for more regattas on the SpinSheet Calendar. If you’d like to see your club’s regattas mentioned in SpinSheet or in our racing results email (starting in May), email [email protected]. Sail fast and have fun!