Baltimore Light RaceIn early June, we kick off the racing season with a 10-mile race from the harbor, around the Baltimore Light and back to the harbor.
J. Rulon Miller SeriesIn late June, GIYS hosts this two-day racing event for Star class boats. This year (2023) will be the 88th time this event has taken place. Star sailors from around the Bay look forward to this annual event, as do Gibson Island’s own Star sailors. The event includes a dinner after the first day and an awards ceremony.
Junior RegattaEach year, Gibson Island Yacht Squadron hosts the annual Junior Regatta which attracts over 100 junior sailors from yacht clubs and sailing programs around the Chesapeake Bay region. GIYS volunteers man the Race Committee and safety boats and provide professional race management in support of three race venues. Each venue is separated by class of boat which includes O’Pen skiffs, Optimists, Lasers and 420’s.
Race for the BroomIn early September, the Yacht Squadron hosts the annual Race for the Broom. It is a team race between three GIYS boats against three boats from the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake (SCC). This race has been held every year since 1951.
Origins of the Race: During a spirited discussion over cocktails at a raft up on the Rhode River between friendly SCC and GIYS cruisers, the topic of a trophy arose. Many ideas were offered up. Before agreement could be reached, a floating broom was noticed passing by the flotilla. It was netted aboard one of the boats and declared that it would become the trophy. The Broom, with the latest winner’s burgee and an engraved plaque attached, resides in the Gibson Island Clubhouse Grill Room. It is considered to be the longest continuing team race between two clubs on the East Coast.
One Design Invitational RacesIn the Fall, there are two One Design Invitational Races on the Magothy River for Sonar boats. Sailors from other clubs are often invited to participate.
Race Committee TrainingIn the Spring, the Race Committee Chairman offers classes on race management for the many Gibson Island volunteers who help us run our popular races. Many of the volunteers don’t own boats but want to spend a day on the water helping out with race starts, scoring, finishes and other duties. Races are performed under certain rules which are taught at these classes at the Boat House.
For information, contact Anthony Gill at [email protected]