This year, 2019, celebrates the 112th summer season of the Barrington Yacht Club. Located at the southern tip of Tyler Point, this well-protected harbor in the northeast corner of Narragansett Bay affords the Club an excellent setting to initiate the multitude of activities provided for its members while remaining focused on the Club’s mission of fostering the sport of yachting.
Barrington Yacht Club revolves around its members, their love and respect for the water, for sailing and boating with all of the possibilities presented and the camaraderie that comes from this mutual sharing. Club activities are geared toward children, families and adults of all ages and include social events, sail training and sailboat racing for juniors and adults, cruising and hosting and supporting sailing regattas at home and away.
The cruising season starts on Memorial Day weekend, and continues with a 10 day summer cruise that spans the Fourth of July holiday, followed by the Fleet Captain Cruise on Labor Day weekend and finishes on Columbus Day weekend with a short cruise inside Narragansett Bay.
Each summer, the Club Sail Training Program teaches well over 250 junior members the fundamentals of sailing, seamanship, on-water safety and sportsmanship. In classes for ages 5-18, starting with beginning students sailing in the Optimist ‘Green Fleet’ and continuing through our traveling race teams in Optis and 420s, there is a strong emphasis on both learning and having fun. On the adult side, there is a very well attended Women Teaching Women program that brings experts to the Club to present on subjects such as racing rules, boat preparation, tactics and preparation of offshore racing, passage making, sail and power boat handling and much more.
The Club is well known for its active racing calendar and this year promises to be no exception. During the summer, we host many events, including the Pret Gladding race in May, the weekly Cox Series on Tuesday evenings, the Junior racing series known as Mugwumps on Wednesday nights, Thursday’s Adult Series, the traditional season ending Bud Humphrey Race plus fall and spring frostbiting. Our members regularly participate in other Narragansett Bay events, including the Swanson Cup, the Leukemia Cup Regatta, the Ida Lewis Distance Race, and periodic offshore races including the Newport-Bermuda Race and Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race.
Not all of the fun that takes place at the Club is on the water. The energetic and imaginative Social Committee organizes a large number of events throughout the year, as does the Junior Activities Committee, albeit with a focus on a younger constituent group. Starting with the Blizzard Brunch, an event held every year since 1978 to commemorate the famous blizzard, through the Holiday Party in December, the Club is the site of a wonderful series of social functions. This year, the Blizzard Brunch will also commemorate the re-opening of the Clubhouse after replacement of the entire floor and updates to the galley and bar area. A significant project, following the replacement of our entire marina two years ago. Maintaining the Club grounds and facilities is a key focus of both our House Committee and our dedicate professional staff.
In the coming year, I look forward to welcoming members and guests to the Club.
John Ratcliffe, Commodore