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Race Registration

Lake Champlain Yacht Club invites you to join our sailboat racing program for the 2015 season. We host a summer-long Wednesday night series in Shelburne Bay, weekend races on the open lake, a short-course Etchells/Sportboat series, and an annual Viper 640 one-design regatta. Racing is free for members of LCYC, MBBC, RSYC, and VSC. You must be signed-in to the LCYC website to register. All Lake Champlain registrants must have a current rating from Lake Champlain PHRF.

Register online for the 2015 LCYC season!

LCYC members who race shall volunteer or be assigned by the Regatta Committee to serve as race committee approximately once every other season. LCYC members can volunteer by choosing an open event from the RC Signup block on the right side of the LCYC website.

Thank you to everyone who has already registered!

Racing Divisions

Our racing divisions are designed to group similar boats into classes of roughly the same quantity. They are the result of ongoing analysis of racing participation. For 2015, we have adjusted the breakpoint between Spinnaker A and Spinnaker B and C from PHRF 90 to PHRF 81 to provide more even numbers, especially in weekend races.

The list of Current Registrants is sorted by class and you can see where your boat fits. Please see the Racing Documents for details about races and starting sequences.

Here are the current Wednesday Night divisions. Weekend races are the same, but with Etchells and Sportboat classes joining Spinnaker B, except for Ladies Cup, which has all the Wednesday classes as well as two JaM classes.

  • Etchells (All Etchells)
  • Jib and Main (All Jib and Main)
  • Spinnaker A (PHRF < 081)
  • Spinnaker B (PHRF 081 - 126, Displacement < 7500 lbs)
  • Spinnaker C (PHRF 081 - 126, Displacement ≥ 7500 lbs)
  • Spinnaker D (PHRF > 126)
  • Sportboat (i550, J/70, K6, Melges 20, Melges 24, Open 5.70, Rocket 22, Shaw 650, Ultimate 20, Viper 640, VX One)

Read more for details of the class splits for all series and events.

Guest Speaker Gary Jobson

Lake Champlain Yacht Club, in partnership with Mallets Bay Boat Club, Vermont Sailing Partners and Shelburne Shipyard is pleased to present world class sailor, author, and America’s Cup commentator, Gary Jobson, with his presentation “An Overview of Sailing in the World Today”. Gary will share his inside stories about the 2016 Rio Olympics, America’s Cup review, 1979 Fastnet Race, Collegiate Teams, Speed Sailing, and the ever popular “Crash and Burn” sequences!


Friday, April 10, 2015 - 18:30 to 21:00

Crew Match is Live!

It may still feel like the middle of winter (again) but the sailing season is right around the corner. To try to do a better job matching up crew looking for boats and boats looking for crew, the Regatta Committee has launched an updated Crew Match page under the Racing section of the LCYC web site. If we achieve our goal no wannabe crew should be left sitting on shore and no boats should be sailing shorthanded. Skippers: If you have crew you only use periodically and are willing to share them with other boats, please consider posting their names and details on this list.


The Lake Champlain Yacht Club is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Are you interested in membership?

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore and enjoy. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events during the sailing season. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled cruising events planned for the summer of 2015. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday as well as weekends throughout the summer.

Cruising | Events | Destinations | Safety

LCYC has a robust junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17 of both members and non-members. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for both instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive sailing experience. We have two race weeks during the summer, and we will be hosting the Champ Chase regatta and traveling to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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Lake Champlain is an amazingly beautiful venue for sailboat racing, with excellent competition, friendly competitors, and great participation. LCYC features a summer-long Wednesday Night racing series, an Etchells and Sportboat series, and numerous weekend races, some of which are part of the The Lake Champlain Championship Series. Our friends and neighbors at Mallets Bay Boat Club, Valcour Sailing Club, and Royal Savage Yacht Club also offer great racing events around the lake.

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