Stratos, a J/105 sailed by LCYC’s Tom Moody and Tris Coffin, heads downwind en route to a win in the Spinnaker A Class during the 2022 Diamond Island Regatta. – Ramsey Hazbun Photo

11th Annual Diamond Island Regatta, a benefit for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, takes place August 12

** Diamond Island Results for 2023 **

** Split Rock Race Results for 2023 **

CHARLOTTE, Vt. — Saturday, August 12, brings the 11th annual Diamond Island Regatta, the signature racing event of the Diamond Island Yacht Club. The race is part of the Lake Champlain Championship Series (LCCS) and benefits the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

Race day starts with our traditional breakfast at the DIYC tent at Point Bay Marina at 8 a.m. You’ll find coffee, tea, juice, and a selection of hot and cold entrees. The suggested $5 donation goes to the museum. A skippers’ meeting will take place at 9 a.m., and the race starting sequence begins at 11 a.m. out on Town Farm Bay.

The post-race party starts at 4 p.m. back at the DIYC tent with a “happy hour,” with beer on tap available for purchase, the proceeds going to benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. This year, the party will feature live music by Tom Van Sant. At 4:45, there will be a fun presentation from Chris Sabick, the director of research and archeology at the LCMM. Chris will be talking about the history of transportation on the lake, from the canoes of indigenous people, to canal boats and gunships, to steam ferries and horse ferries, to recreational vessels. He’ll also be able to answer questions about the many wrecks found on the bottom of the lake. That will be followed by the awards ceremony, with raffle drawings throughout the evening and, at 5:45 p.m., the Lobster Fest dinner, all to celebrate Lake Champlain and benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

This event is a Registered Clean Regatta, certified by Sailors for the Sea. We’ll have a water refill station available, so you can bring your water bottle and avoid single use plastics. You’ll hear more about our other initiatives at the event!

Please plan to stay and join us for the Split Rock Race on Sunday, August 13. This race is also part of the LCCS, so you’ll have a chance to rack up some more points toward the series season standings before heading home.

Below, you’ll find links to the Race Registration Form (the online registration deadline is 9 p.m. on August 11), notice of race documents and sailing instructions for both races, as well as the marks and courses info for Diamond Island Yacht Club events.

If you’re visiting us for these events, Point Bay Marina hopes to make slips and moorings available, but expects to have an extremely limited number; the marina is offering the slips at $1/foot, and the moorings for free. Call the marina at 802.425.2431 to be added to the waiting list. You can also anchor off the mooring field, or in nearby Kingsland or Converse Bays.

Can’t wait to see you all out on the course and under the open-air club tent for the celebration!

Special thanks to our Diamond Island Regatta sponsors (as of 08/08/23):

Diamond Island Yacht Club | Point Bay Marina, Charlotte | Amalgamated Culture Works, Burlington | The Backyard Bistro, Charlotte | Basin Harbor Club & Marina, Ferrisburgh | Bibens Ace Hardware, Colchester | Burlington Harbor Marina | Dunkin’ Donuts, Shelburne | Fast Signs, South Burlington | Helly Hansen, Burlington | Hinesburgh Public House | Lu-lu Farm-to-Spoon Ice Cream, Vergennes | Old Dock House & Marina, Essex, N.Y. | The Red Onion, Charlotte | Safe Harbor, Willsboro Bay, N.Y. | Shelburne Vineyard | West Marine, South Burlington

If you or your company would like to join this generous group, we’d love to talk with you about how you can help.
Please email Race Director Wendy Friant.