"Our Race"

The Around long Island Regatta

The Around Long Island Regatta, first run in 1977, covers a 205 nautical mile course combining Ocean, Harbor and Sound racing. Open to all sailboats 26 feet and larger, the race is designed for sailors at all levels, running is as any as 10 divisions, typically finishing in one to three days. This unique race is for everyone. There are crews of weekend cruisers, serious blue-water competitors, double-handers, Academy sailing teams, even a junior division. Racing yachtsmen earn points for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy and other IRC distance trophies.

Considered Long Island's premier sailing race, the Around Long Island Regatta takes place annually toward the end of July, beginning on Thursday afternoon with an exciting new start location in New York Harbor! The challenging harbor start sets the boats up heading for the Verrazano Narrows, and out into the Atlantic. The Ocean leg runs along Long Island's South shore, Long Beach, Jones Beach, Fire Island, the Hamptons and on to Montauk Point. Keeping Long Island to their lefts, some boats choose the shortest distance, due east, hugging the shore, while others opt for deeper water in search of better wind. After rounding Montauk Light, sailors must judge wind, tides, and current as they head northwest to Plum Gut, or The Race, where they hopefully have a favorable current flush them into the Long Island Sound, were things really get interesting. The final leg is all about reading wind shifts, and working the currents to your advantage, along the North Shore of Long Island or the Southern shore of Connecticut. The race ends in beautiful Hempstead Harbor at the end of the Glen Cove breakwater. The weekend concludes with the ALIR Awards Ceremony and Beach Party, hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club on Sunday afternoon. Trophies are awarded for the first three finishers in each division, with many additional awards for various categories. There is always music, food and drink, a welcoming Yacht Club crowd, and great sailing tales...some of which might even be true.

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42nd Around Long Island Regatta, July 26-29, 2018



Monday July 23, 2018 at 1700hrs
Final entry deadline

Wednesday July 25, 2018
1900 Hours - Captains' Meeting - Liberty House, Liberty Landing Marina, Jersey City, NJ

Thursday July 26, 2018
1100 Hours Start of the 42nd Around Long Island Regatta in spectacular New York Harbor!

Sunday July 29, 2018
Awards Ceremony & Beach Party
Sea Cliff Yacht Club, Sea Cliff, NY

Around Long Island Regatta Announces
Move of Start to New York Harbor

 Sailboat Racing Spectacle Begins July 27 Near The Statue of Liberty 
For Immediate Release - With Lady Liberty in the background the 2017 Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR), sailboat race, begins July 27, 2017, at 2 P.M.

To make the start visible to more spectators, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club has for the first time in the 41 year history of this celebrated race moved to New York Harbor. It can now be viewed from both lower Manhattan and Jersey City.

Since its inception in 1977, the ALIR had started a few miles east of the entrance to New York Harbor, far from spectators' ability to see the start. Now the ALIR will have a starting location capable of welcoming spectators and giving the media unprecedented access to coverage. Regatta Chairmen Jim Aikman and Doug Wefer are extremely pleased about this new venue. "The start is such a great opportunity to show off the excitement of a race. In the past, we were so far offshore that no one knew where we were."



The ALIR Committee is excited to announce a partnership with Team 1 Newport that will permit participants, families, and followers to purchase personalized 2017 Around Long Island Regatta gear - delivered to your door prior to the race. This partnership makes vests and 1/2 zip tech pullovers from Helly Hansen as well as other "ALIR-wares" available from professionals that know how to customize your order - whether you are a casual racer or a trans-atlantic racer