The Dinghy Race is unlike any other youth sailing event. Throwing out the typical windward leeward playbook, the event aims to be an offshore adventure that presents juniors with new challenges and experiences. Setting out from Niantic Bay Yacht Club on Long Island Sound, a fleet of Club 420s raced several point-to-point legs over a distance of seven miles, eventually ending at Fishers Island. Once on the island, racing was followed by a debrief and kid-friendly regatta party, capped-off by a massive camp out in the island’s high school gymnasium. The next morning, once roused by the regatta organizers, the kids hopped back into their boats and raced back to the mainland. It was great to see the sailors applying the Blockheads tuning scale to their boats and using the tips in the accompanying tuning pamphlet. It’s our goal to return for the 2019 edition and hope everyone considers checking out and sending a team to this super fun, challenging, and unique event.

Learn more about The Dinghy Race.

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