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Red Lobdell Regatta

  • SHYC 32 Water Street Stonington, CT 06378 (map)

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) will hold the 18thAnnual Red Lobdell Regatta. The event is celebrated in memory of Francis Lobdell, an avid sailor cruising the waters from New Jersey to Maine. Called “Red” by nearly everyone (thanks to his red hair), Spike Lobdell dedicated this race to his father after he passed away in 2002. The annual race continues to memorialize Red’s love for the sport and for sailing in Stonington waters.  It can now also claim the oldest, standing, perpetual trophy at SHYC. 

A full day event that promises fun on and off the water, this regatta is an ECSA points race.  Sailors will find the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Registration online at  The entry fee is $35 for boats over 20 feet, $15 for 20 feet and under.  Expected classes include:

·      PHRF 20 ft or longer - spinnaker class

·      PHRF 20 ft or longer – Cruising Canvas

·      Multi-hull class

·      Watch Hill 15

·      Shields

·      Ideal 18

·      Sunfish

·      Laser

There will be three racing circles.  PHRF classes will sail a distance race targeted at 20 to 24 nautical miles, possibly around Fisher’s Island Sound.  Bigger, one-design boats, such as Shields, Watch Hill 15s, and Highlanders, will enjoy a longer course within the Sound.  A third circle of one-designs that sail inside the harbor include Ideal 18s, Lasers, and Sunfish. Open to all PHRF rated boats 20 feet or longer and all NEMA rated boats, any one-design with three or more entries will be treated as a class and given a separate start.  

Tickets to the Awards ceremony at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club and the pig roast that follows at 5 pm can be purchased at the SHYC clubhouse or by calling 860 535-0112. 

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is open year around and offers a variety of activities both on and off the water, including educational programs, arts and entertainment nights, family fun and fine dining.  We are proud to welcome new members and showcase the club’s many offerings. Subject to weather conditions, the public are invited to sail Saturday mornings, 10 am-12:00 pm, with a Stonington Harbor Yacht Club member on an Ideal 18.  Please make reservations through the front desk (860) 535-0112.  Individuals may bring a guest and participation is limited to two outings per individual.  The cost is $25 per person.