Racing at HYC

The Hampton Yacht Club is located on Hampton Creek, near historic downtown Hampton, Virginia.  The main clubhouse has an air-conditioned, full-service bar & grill, and showers.  The Tom Brady Sailing Center on club grounds has a classroom,restrooms, and showers for competitors.

Visiting the club for a regatta? All the information you need to know is provided in the list below.

Are you new to the area or interested in learning more about racing opportunities on the Southern Bay? A large percentage of our membership is very active in PHRF racing, fleet racing, and one design sailing. We are also very excited to be home to a very active group of team racers who utilize the Sonar fleet at the club. Read on to find out all the ways you can get involved in sailboat racing at HYC.

Visiting the club for an upcoming regatta? Here is what you need to know.

In 2004, HYC completely renovated the floating docks, hoist launching facilities, and bulkhead.  The new hoists accommodate larger vessels and pierside floating docks make launching easier for everyone.  Larger dinghies (such as Hamptons and Lightnings) are launched from one of two electric hoists mounted on the bulkhead near the Sailing Center.  Other dinghies (505s, Lasers, Vanguards) and junior boats (Optimists, 420s) are launched from the hardtop and floating docks adjacent to the main clubhouse and dock.  J-22 and J-24 owners launch from the large electric hoists at the described above.

The racing venue is in Hampton Roads.  The starting area is typically about a 1 1/2 mile sail from the clubhouse in an area known as Hampton Flats, which was the sight of the famous Civil War naval battle between the Monitor and Merrimac on March 9, 1862, also known as the Battle of the Ironclads.  Typical race conditions are 6-12 knots from the southwest and currents, generally under 1 1/2 knots.

Ample parking is available for most regatta events; however, racers should be prepared to follow the instructions of regatta organizers upon arrival.  Specific instructions for separating cars and boats, storing trailers after launch, and parking non-member cars will be provided and strictly enforced.  Beware of overhead power lines when entering or exiting the parking lots.

Launching Spectator Boats
The club does not have a boat ramp for launching spectator boats.  Boats with appropriate lifting harnesses can be launched from one of the two hoists with permission from the club manager.  Public boat ramps with easy access to the racing venue include:  Sunset Boat Ramp and Anderson Park / Peterson Yacht Basin.  Spectators on land may enjoy the view from the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook at Anderson Park, or anywhere along Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton

PHRF Fleet Racing

HYC is the premiere club for keel boat racing on the Southern Bay.

PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) is the most popular way for a variety of keel boats to be able to race against one another.  For instance, someone who has a Tripp 38, someone who has a J30, and someone who has a Catalina 25, can all race under the PHRF guidelines. 

 The handicap system assigns a proper number or rating for the particular boat and that is used in computing the final finish place of each boat. 

There are approximately 1,000 PHRF boats on the Chesapeake Bay alone and many of them are HYC members and/or race in HYC sponsored and hosted events.  Southern Bay Race Week, the Down the Bay Race and even the Wednesday Night Races use the PHRF system to score results.  All a skipper needs do is apply for a rating, renew it each year, and go racing.

More information, rating application forms, specific criteria, and PHRF points of contact are available at:


Want to know what is up next on the PHRF calendar? Get a quick preview of HYC hosted PHRF regattas.

One Design Fleets

What are our most active one design fleets at the club?
Friday Womens Sailing team racing the sonar

HYC has a fleet of 6 club owned and maintained Sonars. These 23-foot day racers are very stable keelboats that are perfect for a new sailor who is learning the ropes or for the experienced match racer. They are available for members to check-out for a regatta or for a fun sail. Interested in learning more about sailing or racing in one of our club Sonars? Visit our Sonar page to learn more.

Want to learn more about the Sonar sailboat? Visit the Sonar class site.

J24 Fleet racing at Hampton Yacht Club

HYC is home to J/24 Fleet 71. Whether your style is weeknight beer-can racing or competing on the world stage – the J/24 is undeniably the most popular racing keelboat to make waves around the world.  This appealing keelboat started with one man’s desire for a sailboat to accommodate his family and to be a competitive racer. Interested in racing a J/24 locally? Visit the Fleet 71 webpage at:
Learn more about the internation J/24 fleet by visiting

Fleet Captain: Alan Bomar,

There is an active International 505 fleet at Hampton Yacht Club

International 505
This is an extremely fun boat to sail for the more experienced and technical sailor. The 5O5 is a double-handed boat that incorporates a light weight, high performance hull design with a powerful sail plan and one trapeze. The boat is unique in that it has outstanding performance in all conditions. In light air it is quick and responsive, and in breeze it just goes faster. Planing begins in 10 knots of wind.

HYC is proud to be home to an active 505 fleet! During the spring and fall seasons, the fleet practices weekly out of HYC and the fleet not only competes in local regattas, but sailors in this fleet travel to regional, national, and international regattas. Want to learn more? Visit

Fleet Captain: Clark Hayes

Viper 640 sailing on a reach under spinnaker

Viper 640
The Viper 640 is a fast growing fleet here at HYC and it’s easy to see why. The Viper 640 is a two to four person, high-performance sports boat.  It is FUN, FAST, EASY and AFFORDABLE. The Viper makes high performance sailing available to everyone. The open transom bails water instantly, even in extreme conditions. The Viper is simple, clean, and effective, with no protruding hardware and everything placed for efficiency. The Viper is light enough to be towed behind a compact car and simple enough to be rigged and sailed in under a half hour. The boat can be launched from a hoist or ramp.
Interested in learning more about the Viper 640? Visit

Fleet Captain: Tyler Moore

Hampton One Design sailing

Hampton One Design

The Hampton Class has been active on the Chesapeake for well over 75 years. It boasts a rich tradition of both spirited competition and lifelong friendships. It is a testament to the wonderful design of the Hampton and to good management by the class’s leadership that older boats compete successfully with their wooden and fiberglass sisters and that sailors return season after season to test their racing skills. There is a very active racing schedule on both the upper and lower Chesapeake Bay and fleets in Hampton & Norfolk, Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.
Interested in learning more about the Hampton One Design? Visit :

Want to know what is next on the regatta schedule? Get a quick preview of upcoming one design events.

HYC Wednesday Night Race Series

The HYC Wednesday Night Races constitute one of the oldest and most respected weeknight racing opportunities on the Bay… and they are still going strong.

Every Wednesday Night from April through September, an average of 30-40 boats head out to the mouth of the Hampton River to enjoy a great evening of racing around Hampton Bar and then finishing up the Hampton River, right off the HYC dock. Hey . . .you also need to win the “race to the bar”!

And, while “fun” is the word of the evening, our racing is still serious business. Starts are provided for all spinnaker fleets, non-spinnaker fleets, and even any one-designs that decide to come out and join the fun.

Everyone is welcome.  Many  long-lasting boat relationship has begun by an unattached “crewbie” approaching a boat at the dock and saying the magic words, “Hey, you got room for one more?” You can be sure the answer will be “absolutely”.  Following racing, action moves inside the club where racers enjoy food, libations, and swap sailing fables well into the evening.

Action begins every Wednesday at 6:00p.m. (weather permitting) with boats gearing up around 5:00p.m..  So, come on down to HYC and put some zest into the middle of your week. Get that sailing and socializing “fix” that gets you through until the weekend.


Sailing Instructions

Entry Form


Frostbite Race Series & Team Race Series


Hampton Yacht Club offers up their fleet of Sonars for Frostbiting and Team Racing for the members of HYC. HYC’s Sonar Frostbite Race Series start up in January and continue on until March. HYC’s Team Race Series start in March and continue on until late October. To find out more information, follow these links: Frostbite Race SeriesTeam Racing.