Sixth Diamond Island Regatta benefits Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Photo courtesy of Royal Savage Yacht Club
Northbound on the downwind leg during the 2017 Diamond Island Regatta, with New York’s Split Rock Mountain to the right and the Vermont shore to the left.

STAFF REPORT

The Diamond Island Regatta, hosted by the Royal Savage Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina, happens Aug. 18 at Point Bay.

This year marks the event’s first time as a certified Clean Regatta, and the annual yacht club Lobster Fest dinner that follows that evening will use a sustainability plan developed with the help of Sailors for the Sea, an organization that promotes improving lake and ocean health.

For the event, the Royal Savage Yacht Club has implemented a paperless registration system, will use only post-consumer recycled paper for all event purposes, use only recyclable or compostable dinnerware; and ban single-use plastic, including water bottles.

They also will provide a water refilling station for reusable containers.

Event proceeds will benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, which is dedicated to maritime education and the preservation and management of the lake’s historical shipwrecks and underwater cultural resources.

As always, entry for the Diamond Island Regatta is free, with money raised through the sale of race-themed merchandise, including T-shirts, and the sale of professional photographs of boats taking part in the race.

Last year, the event attracted 30 boats. The race is part of the Lake Champlain Championship Series, a series of races featuring boats from clubs in Vermont, New York and Quebec. Regatta results will count toward both the LCCS Cannon Series and the Champlain Series.

The race is scored using the Lake Champlain PHRF ratings, which allow sailboats of all sizes and speeds to compete against one another.

The event will include separate classes for boats flying spinnakers and those using just mainsail and jib, but all boats will sail the same course, chosen from among several options on the day of the race based on the wind direction and speed.

The courses, all starting in Town Farm Bay, which sits between Charlotte and Ferrisburgh, range in length from 6.6 to 13.8 nautical miles, and can run from Charlotte and Essex, N.Y., in the north to Basin Harbor in the south.

Details and registration info for the regatta can be found at the Diamond Island Regatta website, http://rsyc.org/diamond-island-regatta/.

Breakfast is free for RSYC members and $5 for visiting sailors the day of the race at the RSYC tent at Point Bay Marina, beginning at 8:30 a.m., with registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and a skippers meeting at 9:30 a.m. The race begins at 11 a.m.

The awards ceremony happens at the Lobster Fest, also under the tent, at 6 p.m. This year’s event will feature a presentation on Lake Champlain’s maritime history by a representative of the maritime museum.

Visiting sailors are invited to join the evening festivities, paying the club member price for the lobster dinner.

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