Diamond Island Regatta

Lake Champlain Championship Series
Skippers Meeting: 0930 Saturday August 17, 2019
Hosted by Royal Savage Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina
Benefits The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Royal Savage Yacht Club’s headline sailing event each season is the Diamond Island Regatta. It is a one race event held in the waters of Lake Champlain near the Point Bay Marina and Diamond Island. Sailed in August, the Diamond Island Regatta is part of the Lake Champlain Championship Series (LCCS) and counts towards both the Cannon Series and the Champlain Series. Boats from all over Lake Champlain compete, and we run JaM (jib and main) A and B classes and Spinnaker classes A through D, in accordance with LCCS splits.

Participating boats must have a rating from  the Lake Champlain PHRF rating system.  If you do not already have a lake PHRF rating, please apply for one well ahead of the race date.

The skippers meeting will take place at 9:30 at the tent. Registration for the race will be at the RSYC tent at Point Bay Marina from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast will also be served starting at 8:30 a.m.  Visiting racers may purchase breakfast for $5 and all receipts will be donated to the LCMM. All boats must be checked in and have a class flag by the end of the Skippers meeting in order to race. If a boat’s captain cannot make it to the skippers meeting her skipper must contact the race committee on Channel 8 or e-mail Wendy Friant in advance for special arrangements.  The race will start at 11:00 a.m. Trophies will be presented to the winner of each class at an awards ceremony at the club tent following the race, just prior to the Caribbean Dinner, which replaces the Lobster Fest this year. Trophies are given to the first place boat in each class.

You will be able to pre-register online (coming soon), and we will post a “Who’s Coming” page listing the competitors as they sign up.

You will also be able to purchase custom Diamond Island Regatta T-shirts for your crew! These shirts will include your boat’s name prominently displayed in your chosen font! We’ll have a purchase form available at the Diamond Island Regatta website (coming soon). Note: because of the amazing customization these shirts must be ordered 2-3 weeks in advance of race day. RSYC makes an annual donation to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, part of which is offset by these purchases.

The event will be run on the same day as the RSYC Caribbean Dinner (more information and registration coming soon), which serves as a combination dinner and award ceremony.

Also note that this year the Diamond Island Regatta is being run as a Clean Regatta. This means that we strictly follow U.S. Sailing Rule 55: “A competitor shall not intentionally put trash in the water. This rule applies at all times while afloat. The penalty for a breach of this rule may be less than disqualification.”

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An official photographer will be present on the course to take photos of all participating boats. Complimentary guest moorings or $1/ft (half-price) dock space are available for visiting racers on a first come first served basis courtesy of Point Bay Marina. Please contact Todd Smith at skipper@gmavt.net or call Point Bay at 802-425-2431 if you would like more information. There are good anchorages close to the venue in Kingsland and Converse Bays, or you can anchor off the marina opposite the mooring field. If you are unfamiliar with this part of the lake be aware you will want to give great respect to the red mark south of the Point Bay Marina in Town Farm Bay. The waters east of the mark are quite shallow.

While in this end of the lake we invite you to experience beautiful cruising and wonderful anchorages in Kingsland Bay, Converse Bay, Hawkins Bay, Barn Rock, Westport and Basin Harbor, home of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Please visit this gem of a museum. You can go by boat and enjoy both the museum and the restaurants of the Basin Harbor Club. Moorings are available in the north harbor.

The Diamond Island Regatta is held to benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Last year’s race drew 30 boats and RSYC donated $1,000 to the LCMM. While there is no fee to enter the race, you can make a difference by purchasing special regatta themed items, and discounted racing photos of your boat.

If you have questions, e-mail Race Chair Wendy Friant .