The BYC Racing Season features a number of Races throughout the year that are scored as a series, the Commodore's Cup, and the Turkey Day Regatta. We also support races hosted by other yacht clubs and many BYC boat owners are active in a local racing club known as the Midget Ocean Racing Fleet or MORF. In addition, we have a friendly competition among club members vying for the "BYC Racer of the Year" award. The Bay Yacht Club has an organizational membership in U.S. Sailing, the organizing authority for yacht racing in the USA.
Most races start and finish at the Lawrence Street T-head, inside the marina breakwater. Some feature a pursuit start wherein each boat starts at a different time with the highest handicap starting first followed by the boat with the next highest handicap, and so on. Boat handicaps are assigned by the South Texas PHRF Committee. BYC has a representative on this committee who will assist boat owners needing a handicap or wishing a handicap review. The BYC Race Chair and PHRF Committee representative will issue a provisional handicap for boats without a rating and who wish to participate in a race sponsored by the club.
Depending on participation, boats are typically grouped into an All-Sails Fleet that is allowed to use spinnakers and a Non-Spinnaker Fleet that is restricted to a 150% jib as the boat's largest headsail. For casual races, we often include a Cruising Class for skippers who do not wish to remove the cloth cockpit enclosure, the dinghy, the propane grill or the outboard motor from the stern rail. Our objective is always a day of competitive fun on beautiful Corpus Christi Bay!
Bay Yacht Club supports the Navy Regatta and Military Challenge Cup by hosting the Friday welcome and registration party for Navy and Corpus Christi Yacht Club guests. This is a wonderful opportunity for our members, racers and cruisers, to meet and share their enjoyment of sailing with members of our local military community.
Beginning racers may wish to view this Racing 101 Educational Seminar. In addition, a review of the Basic Racing Rules is a must as it simplifies what is expected from sailors in racing and will do wonders for the anxiety we have when we are trying to remember who has the right of way.