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Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta

2 September, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6 September, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta

Preliminary Race Details

September 2, 2019 to September 6, 2019

The Regatta

The first-ever Eastern Yacht Club ICOYC Invitational Regatta will be held in waters off Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA in

September, 2019. With this new event , the Eastern hopes to bring together ICOYC clubs from around the world for 4 days of worldclass Corinthian Fleet racing in matched J/70’s. Each ICOYC member club is invited to send a team to the Regatta. The Eastern Yacht Club is the Organizing Authority.  The Organizing Authority will arrange for charters for the event.

An application will be posted on a Regatta website at a later date.  In the meantime, it would be helpful for planning purposes to know if a club is considering sailing in the regatta. All ICOYC members are encouraged to support the Regatta by sending a team.  The Organizing Authority is entitled to accept or reject any application but hopes to accommodate every club that wishes to send a team.  The Organizing Authority may reject applications if needed to balance the number of North American and foreign boats participating in the Regatta.

Presentation Material

Download a 20 page presentation on the ICOYC Invitational, the Eastern Yacht Club and the lovely town of Marblehead, MA, HERE.

Town of Marblehead

Marblehead is a picturesque coastal community on Boston’s historic North Shore just 17 miles north of Logan Airport. Its harbor has approximately 2500 boats. Racing occurs just outside the harbor in the open waters of Massachusetts Bay.  The Eastern Yacht Club was established in 1870 and has played a prominent role in American yacht racing starting with its defense of the America’s Cup in the 1880’s and continuing to the present time.  The EYC race committee has hosted numerous national and world championships over the years and has been selected to host the J/70 Worlds in 2018.   Marblehead was founded in 1629 and features quaint narrow streets and 17th and 18th century historic buildings.  The town is next door to Salem which is famous not only for its Witch Trials but also for the China Trade.


Participants will be required to charter or supply a J/70 class boat.  There will be no boat rotation. The Organizing Authority will facilitate the charter of J/70S for this event so there is no need for a team to make independent arrangements. The Organizing Authority will tune each Participating Boat before the Regatta in an effort to make all Participating Boats as equal as possible. Any subsequent change of the tuning may only be made with the consent of and under the supervision of the Organizing Authority.

The Organizing Authority will provide evenly matched sails for the Regatta consisting of main, jib and spinnaker


WS Sailor Classification Code, Regulation 22 will apply. All crew members, including the skipper, shall have a valid ISAF Sailor Classification as a Group I competitor.

All members of the Team must be members of the ICOYC club sponsoring the Team.  This rule may be modified by the Organizing Authority in its sole discretion to accommodate special cases.

The members of the Team who participate in the first race of the Regatta are the only members of the Team allowed to sail in the Regatta unless substitution is approved by the Organizing Authority in case of emergency or unexpected occurrence.

On-the water umpiring is being considered. There will be a general time limit for each race. Upper wind limits will apply.  The first windward leg is expected to be between .8 to 1.2 miles in length.  There will be three or four races each day.

Schedule of Events

Monday, September 2 Registration, Safety Briefing, Charter Yachts Available.
Tuesday, September 3 Late Registration, Practice Racing, Sailing Center Open
Opening Cocktail Party and Dinner at the Eastern
Wednesday, September 4 Race Day 1, Cocktails/Daily Awards–Sailing Center
Cocktail Party at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem).
Thursday, September 5 Race Day 2, Cocktails/Daily Awards–Sailing Center
Free Evening
Friday, September 6 Race Day 3, Cocktails—Sailing Center
Awards Ceremony—Cocktails and Dinner

The Opening Night Ceremony will be held on Tuesday evening at the Eastern and the Awards Banquet will be at the Eastern on Friday evening.  The Peabody Essex Marine Museum has a substantial collection of Marine Art and of collectables from the China Trade. Spectator boats and special day-time programs will be available for spouses and friend.


There will be an Entry Fee, a Charter Fee and an Insurance Fee in amounts to be determined.

The Entry Fee will cover a buffet breakfast at the EYC on each morning from Tuesday through Friday and lunch at the EYC or in boxes on boats from Tuesday through Friday. The Entry Fee will also cover Opening Night Cocktails and Dinner, Cocktails at the Peabody Essex Museum and Cocktails and Dinner at the Awards Banquet.


A ten race regatta is contemplated.  Two races are required to be completed to constitute a Regatta.  The Regatta will be scored on a low point system.  A yacht’s score will be the total of all her race scores. No score will be excluded unless more than 10 races are completed.


Regatta Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.  Daily Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each race. Each team will receive a memento for participating in the Regatta.

Media Waiver/Liability

All competitors will be expected to sign a Liability and Media Waiver.

Competitors participate in the Regatta entirely at their own risk. The Organizing Authority and sponsors and their employees, agents or affiliates shall not have, and will not accept, any liability for damage to property or personal injury or death sustained in connection with or prior to,  during or after the Regatta.


Further Information

For further information please contact Phil Smith  at or 781-631-4848.   Download a copy of this document HERE.


This Race Details contained herein may be amended, supplemented, replaced or otherwise modified in whole or in part at any time and from time to time by the Organizing Authority.

Dated February 16, 2017


2 September, 2019 @ 8:00 am
6 September, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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