Big Boat Racing
Visiting the club for an upcoming regatta?
Here's what you need to know:
In 2004, HYC completely renovated the floating docks, hoist launching facilities, and bulkhead. The new hoists accommodate larger vessels and pierside floating docks make launching easier for everyone. Larger dinghies (such as Hamptons and Lightnings) are launched from one of two electric hoists mounted on the bulkhead near the Sailing Center. Other dinghies (505s, Lasers, Vanguards) and junior boats (Optimists, 420s) are launched from the hardtop and floating docks adjacent to the main clubhouse and dock. J-22 and J-24 owners launch from the large electric hoists at the described above.
The racing venue is in Hampton Roads. The starting area is typically about a 1 1/2 mile sail from the clubhouse in an area known as Hampton Flats, which was the sight of the famous Civil War naval battle between the Monitor and Merrimac on March 9, 1862, also known as the Battle of the Ironclads. Typical race conditions are 6-12 knots from the southwest and currents, generally under 1 1/2 knots.
Ample parking is available for most regatta events; however, racers should be prepared to follow the instructions of regatta organizers upon arrival. Specific instructions for separating cars and boats, storing trailers after launch, and parking non-member cars will be provided and strictly enforced. Beware of overhead power lines when entering or exiting the parking lots.
Launching Spectator Boats
The club does not have a boat ramp for launching spectator boats. Boats with appropriate lifting harnesses can be launched from one of the two hoists with permission from the club manager. Public boat ramps with easy access to the racing venue include: Sunset Boat Ramp and Anderson Park / Peterson Yacht Basin. Spectators on land may enjoy the view from the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook at Anderson Park, or anywhere along Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton.