Solstice Race

Date – June 24, 2017

Get the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions below ..

and you can get more details here and register here at the Website

Cluster Cup friendly

Since the late 1990’s the Rockland Yacht Club has held an annual race on the Saturday closest to the longest day of the year. Aptly named the Solstice Race, this event is held around government marks in West Penobscot Bay. Racers can look forward to friendly, spirited competition, and a chance to knock the rust from sailing skills and reflexes dulled by our long Maine winters. Throw in a post race BBQ and pot luck at the Rockland Club house, with trophies awarded to main and jib sailors as well as two divisions of boats using spinnakers and you have a recipe for loads of fun. This is the reward for those who get their boats in early, and come out to mix it up!

All sailors are welcome! There will be three PHRF divisions: Division 1 will group ratings up to 160, Division 2 will group rates from 161 and up and Division 3 will be a non-spinnaker class (Cruising). Registration links are below. A current valid 2017 PHRF certificate is encouraged. If you do not have one you will be given the base rating for your boat as per PHRF-NE no exceptions!  The Rockland Yacht Club will open at 9:00am for check in on race day, followed by a skippers meeting at 10:00am. The first warning signal will be at approximately 11:30am. The race has a planned elapsed time of 3-4 hours. The 2017 Solstice Celebration for Racers/Cruisers with a BBQ & Pot Luck Dinner at the Clubhouse for participants/guests will follow racing at 4:00pm. Set up for the cookout will begin at 1500, actual cookout will commence at 1600.  Please bring a dish to share, grilled items will be available for a small fee. Registration is required and early registration is encouraged.  The link to Registration Form, Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race can be found below. For more information about the Solstice Race please contact Vince Bemis, 236-6747

  • The Course: Multiple buoys are set as marks (determined on race day).
  • Skippers Meeting: 1000 (that’s 10 am) in the Clubhouse.
  • The Starting Time: 1130 hrs – first gun.
  • For more information contact: Vince Bemis, 107 Cross Street, Rockport Maine 04856 207-542-8150, 207-236-6747
  • The Awards: Awards will be announced at the Solstice Dinner later after the racing (4:00 PM start).
  • Social Events: After the completion of racing, there will be a pot luck dinner at the RYC Clubhouse.

Get the

2107 Solstice Notice of Race

2017 Solstice Race Sailing Instructions

2017 Solstice Race Registration Form

Prior year’s results are here

2016 Results

2015 Results


8 thoughts on “Solstice Race”

  1. A beautiful summer day for a Race! Twelve boats came out to enjoy the longest Saturday of the year, a nice 10-12 kt breeze, and a tasty pot luck/BBQ with good friends at the club. A walk through Rockland’s street dance Solstice celebration to round out a perfect day….Summer is here!

    2-SEA JAB

    For all times and finishes click on the link below:

  2. Great day on the bay! Thanks again to all, racers and volunteers!

    1- ALTHEA
    2-IN BOX

    Racing B;
    3-SEA JAB

    Racing A;
    2-CAT’S PAW


  3. And then there were TEN…… SE shifting to a southerly, sunny skies, cold beverages, What’s not to like? Let’s show those lobster boat racers what REAL boat races are all about!

  4. Hello RYC, I and my family are brand new to the RYC. My husband, Tom will most likely be crewing on a boat for the Solstice Race and I just wondered if you needed any volunteer help on land for the event. I do not sail yet and am eager to learn/be helpful/get involved! I look forward to hearing from you.
    Dorrie Higbee

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