For Organizing Authorities

Resources for Yacht Clubs and Groups organizing Classic Yachting Regattas.


Racing Guidelines

One of the many attractive features of Classic Yacht Racing is the diversity of the various events. The Organizing Authorities (OAs) can have different philosophies and traditions, but they all share a common interest in fair racing and increasing participation. Sailing under rules and regulations that are consistent and clear is critical to achieving these common goals. Recognizing the need for consistency and clarity, but also the unique characteristics of the various events, the CYOA Technical Committee recommends that OAs consider the following guidelines when drafting race documents that best suit their event:

RACING GUIDELINES (Updated for 2023)


As a resource to OAs, all yachts will be assigned to a CYOA Division – Vintage, Classic, Modern Classic, Spirit of Tradition, or Contemporary; Divisions are printed on certificates. Definitions for each Division may be found in Racing Guidelines and below again. Individual OA’s may have their own criteria for making division and class assignment. Yachts that do not fit within the CYOA guidelines are identified as “Contemporary". Their entries may be accepted by OAs and assigned to classes/divisions that meet the criteria of that particular regatta.

Notice of Race Addendum

Racing Guidelines have been formatted to the US Sailing Notice of Race template and are available for OAs to download for individual regatta use.

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