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About The Jamestown Yacht Club

Check out our proud history of Commodores .

Also, see the JYC Awards over the years.

Some articles in the JYC past.

Activity notes from:  2018 ,  2017 , 2016 , 2015 ,  2014 , 2013 , 2012 . 2011, 2010 , 2009 , 2008 , 2007 , 2006 , 2005 , 2004 , 2003 , 2002 , 2001 , 2000 , 1999 , 1998 , 1997 .

The Jamestown Yacht Club (JYC) was founded on Conanicut Island in the Narragansett Bay of Rhode Island in 1977 by a group of people that were interested in boating, cruising and sailboat racing, and desired a family atmosphere in both boating and social events. The Jamestown Yacht Club remains today a family-oriented yacht club centered around the Conanicut Marina.
West Ferry, coming back from 13-14 July 2002 Block Island Cruise.  Notice how fast it looks.
The original basis of the Club was no pretexts, little formality, no physical property, and plenty of socializing and fun.
Every year the JYC plans a two week Cruise out of the bay as well as a Block Island weekend.

Our racing program has developed into one of the most active on Narragansett Bay with Spring, Summer, and Fall PHRF series. There are both Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes which provide both fun and competition for novice as well as the experienced sailor. A Crew Rotation Race is held which gives the crew the opportunity to participate in every position on the boat. A race we call the "Overnight Race" is held, either around Prudence Island or around Conanicut Island, which depending upon the wind can take all night or finish before midnight. The JYC also sponsors the popular JYC Fool's Rules Regatta where anyone puts together a "non-standard" sailboat and then tries to race it a short distance.

1991 Fools Rules

A "Challenge Race" is held every year between the Jamestown Yacht Club and the Conanicut Yacht Club. This rivalry only exists on the water that afternoon, as we all sail together throughout the season.

Although we lack traditional yacht club facilities, we make up for this in our Activities and Enthusiasm. Club Racing, Cruising, and Social Events are only a few of our activities. During our Racing Season, Socials follow the Tuesday night races. Everyone, racing or not, is welcome to join us at the Jamestown Country Club, just a short walk from the Conanicut Marina.

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The Conanicut Yacht Club is a 'member only' organization but they DO have space available for private (non-member) events. Sitting directly on Narragansett Bay, just south of the Newport Bridge, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer spot. The wait staff here really knows how to make their guests feel special. The menu is large and if you have a particular type of event in mind, they will help make it happen. From fairy tale wedding to baby shower tea, or cocktail party, they can handle it all. They are even available for business meetings. If you are a member of a private yacht club with reciprocity, bring your member ID card and have lunch on the water in the summer or rent a mooring for a night or two. Call the General Manager to plan your event, or the office to rent a mooring and find out more about reciprocal dining.

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Published on September 6th, 2020 | by Editor

Show goes on for 93rd Around the Island

Published on September 6th, 2020 by Editor -->

Jamestown, RI (September 6, 2020) – Normally, Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race is the culmination of an entire sailing season, bur for many who participated today on the 18-mile lap of Jamestown, it was their first regatta of the year as many races were canceled this summer to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

For 93 years, the race has been held on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and usually attracts 100+ boats from in and around Narragansett Bay for the single distance race followed by an awards party on the lawn of the island yacht club.

This year, 78 boats came out to the starting line but all on-shore festivities were canceled. To maintain social distancing, the race committee volunteers were split among a large starting boat and the yacht club utilizing radio communication to facilitate organization.

“The biggest challenge of 2020 was the question of ‘should we or shouldn’t we’,” said regatta chairman Alan Baines. “The division of the race committee, canceling the party, and patiently waiting to open registration until we had a solution was the best course for us and it worked.

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“It also helped that we had the perfect wind conditions and exactly high tide in the middle of the start,” Baines continued. “Thank you to the cooperation of the competitors and Rick and Jody Hill for lending us their Moody, Buffalo, for the Race Committee boat, which allowed us to stay spread out.”

A strong southeasterly breeze of 15-20 knots held for the entire day. The smaller boats started just south of the Newport Bridge first and headed south for a clockwise course around Jamestown. With the 10 division starts staggered by about 6 minutes, by the time the fastest and largest boats rounded Beavertail point, all the boats gathered downwind in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.

Rich Moody skippering Aurora, a R/P 66, was the fastest competitor registered and managed to pass every boat and won the Commodore Brakenhoff trophy for the fastest elapsed time with 2:03:22, just shy of the course record.

On corrected time though, it was Ben Steinberg and the crew on his Melges 32, Full Send, who captured the Commodore Quinn Trophy with a corrected time of 02:50:48. “We were able to make huge gains by staying in the breeze downwind,” said Steinberg upon his win. “Getting up to 19 knots in the 32 was probably the highlight of the race.”

Just behind Steinberg was Jim Grundy’s new Dunning 44 Rigadoon in second place, and Matt Dunbar’s VXOne, Smoke. Due to the consistent wind, it was one of the faster Around the Island Race’s to get the entire fleet to complete in under four hours.

Two other perpetual trophies are awarded to the CYC Members with the fastest corrected times over and under 30 feet. The Eads Johnson Trophy was awarded to Andrew Kallfelz’s Safir (for over 30 feet) and Robert A. MacLeod Rear Commodore Trophy to Mike Hill and his J24 Obstreperous.

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Source: Kate Wilson Somers

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