Catamaran Racing at OSYC

Catamaran Racing

One of our primary goals is to be the premier catamaran and small dinghy Yacht Club on the Gulf Coast. To accomplish this, we intend to grow our racers “from the ground up”. Through the use of weekly “round the buoy races” to the continued support of our flagship distances races (Slip to Ship and Island Hop) Ocean Springs Yacht Club through our charitable non-profit, the Ocean Springs Sailing Squadron will help you hone your sailing and racing skills.

Prior racing experience is not needed merely a desire to improve and have fun.

** 2019 Friday Night FUN FUN FUN Races **

Free for anyone everyone… sign in at 6pm under the club.
Weekly from May 31 until Ocean Springs schools go back.
Lasers, Optis, Bics, Sunfish, Hobie 16s, Hobie 14s, Hobie 18s and Formula boats
You bring it, we’ll setup a course for it!
See you on the water….

2019 Regatta Schedule

(NOR and Registration links will be posted as they become available)

  • April 5 – 7 Ocean Springs Ice Breaker Regatta.
  • April 27-28: 1699 Regatta
  • May 25-26: Slip to Ship (distance)
  • July 6-7: (*SHIP) Island Hop (Distance, etc)
  • August 24: Katrina Memorial (buoy racing)
  • September 27-29: Formula Wave Deep South Regional Regatta Click HERE for registration
  • October 12-13 Nacra 20 Race Weekend
  • October 19-20: Shearwater (buoy racing)

 

OSYC Regatta Descriptions

Ocean Springs Ice Breaker Regatta: (The event formerly known as Mid-Winters East/North): This regatta is open to Hobie one design classes including Waves, H16, H17, H18 and H20s. It is being offered at OSYC in partnership with Hobie Division 15 and will be a HCA points event for Hobie one design fleets. We are also inviting Formula Waves to sail in their own concurrent regatta. This is a fun national level event and past competitors have traveled from Ottowa, Ontario, New York State, Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and hopefully even Alabama. The event consists of 3 days of intense buoy racing off the OSYC beach mixed in with some casual dining and social interaction at the club.

1699 Regatta: Multi hull and One Design regatta featuring a (probably) reaching course right along the beach. Fast, fun and local. In connection with the City of Ocean Springs’ 1699 Historical Society’s annual reenactment and celebration of the 1699 landing of Pierre LeMoyne D’Iberville, befriending the Biloxi indians, and the establishment of Ocean Springs. For 2019 this continues as a Pro-Am only event aimed at getting less experienced sailors on the water for a race. An experienced skipper will take a novice crew member along so new folks can experience the thrill of catamaran sailing. We race up and down the beach Saturday and do some distance racing Sunday. Come on down and check it out! There will be cool trophies:)

Slip to Ship Regatta: A long distance multi-hull regatta that departs from OSYC for the first leg and races out to the Eastern end of Ship Island. The racers lunch on the island then race back. The final race is the following day when the fastest sailor around Deer Island will get their name on the Deer Island Perpetual trophy!

Island Hop Regatta: Island Hop Regatta: Gulf Shore National Parks service has discontinued permitting of organized events at Horn Island so we are going to Ship Island for this regatta this year. For those of you who have sailed Slip to Ship you may be accustomed to the course going from OSYC, down Casino Row, honoring marks 12 and 2 and finishing at the 37′ tower on the Eastern Tip of Ship Island. THIS RACE WILL BE DIFFERENT! The race course will honor the EAST END of Deer Island and finish at the 37′ tower. Join in on the island for some fun, eats, drinks, swimming and whatever else pops up. Race two is the run home to OSYC. On Sunday, we have a choice of several courses (see NOR for more detail) and will decide which will provide maximum sailing pleasure once we know what the weather looks like. Entry includes breakfast both days, pizza, beer & a movie under the club for Sat night dinner, 2 t-shirts, Fried chicken lunch on the island, with cold drinks

Katrina Memorial Regatta: A simple, fun, local but anyone’s invited… race. Imagine this as a Friday Night Race, but during the day, and hopefully with more boats and wind. There is a Short course for short boats (2 hulls optional – bring your Sunfish/Opti/Bic), a medium course for medium boats (2 hulls required high Portsmouth) and a Long course for long boats. Less than 2 hulls you have to be joking. (low Portsmouth). Definition of short, medium, and long is at the PRO’s discretion depending on what boats are represented at the skipper’s meeting. Verbal SI’s at the skipper’s meeting.

No entry fee. No protests. No awards – other than bragging rights, a possible drink on the house and a championship photo. Sail the afternoon away and be back on the beach by 5pm so you can relax and have dinner at the club

Formula Wave Deep South Regional Regatta: Formula Wave events are open only to Hobie Waves, including Waves that have Hobie or after market sails and tramps. 30+ Waves on a course at the same time being sailed by experienced skippers gets fun and competitive in a hurry. Waves have not changed significantly from their original design, so this is your chance to put your skipper skills to the test on an even playing field. Please join us for 3 days of buoy racing at OSYC.

Shearwater Regatta: The final official race weekend of the 2019 sailing season.  2 days of competitive and fun, buoy racing off the beach, any/all catamarans and dingys welcome.  

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