AUGUST 4-6, 2017 NEW BEDFORD YC SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MA
Sailors, volunteers, and friends of BBR,
On behalf of host New Bedford Yacht Club, welcome to the 2017 Buzzards Bay Regatta. The 45th edition of this late summer classic is on track to be an exciting event, drawing boats from local, traditional classes as well as from some of the most popular sportboats currently on the racing circuit.
The J/70 class will be competing for their second annual Corinthian National Championship. While this pocket speedster has become a wildly popular boat with teams comprised of pros and top-level amateurs, the Corinthian Nationals shine the spotlight on “friends and family” teams, many of them former college standouts or dynamite amateur sailors, but none holding a Category 3 designation from World Sailing.
Others competing for Class Championships include the VX Evo and VX One (East Coast Championships in both cases) and the venerable Shields Class. With fleets to the northeast (Marion), southeast (Edgartown) and southwest (Newport, Larchmont), these classic greyhounds will meet at the crossroads, Gettysburg-style, to battle it out for their New England Championships.
In a nod to the future, we will be hosting kiteboards at this year’s BBR. They will be launching and sailing out of West Island in Fairhaven, but will very much be a part of the social and shore side activities at the Club following racing each night.
One final departure from years past will be a Friday coastal race, with Offshore Multihulls and Swan Class 42s setting out from just off Castle Hill in Newport, finishing in the afternoon off the breakwater in South Dartmouth. As the last Swan 42 Class event before September’s Invitational Cup, there should be a great battle up the coast in that class.
Other classes returning to BBR include Laser Masters, NEMA Multihull, International 505, and 3 PHRF divisions – Race, Cruise and Doublehanded. Our Yacht Scoring page is a quick reference portal for everything from early registration to race documents and waivers before the event to weather, scores, RC docking times, etc. during the event itself. Visit it at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2805.
Lastly, we will be using more channels than ever before to keep you updated as planning progresses. Please take a minute to like, follow or join our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram feeds or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list. We can’t wait to see you on the starting line in August.