Sailboats from across the U.S. head to Harbor Springs each summer for sailing traditions: the LTYC Ugotta Regatta. Hosted by the Little Traverse Yacht Club, the Regatta brings together some of the best sailboat racers in the country to Little Traverse Bay. Ugotta Regatta takes place the weekend following the 2nd of the Mackinac Races (Port Huron-Mackinac, Chicago-Mackinac).
LTYC’s Ugotta Regatta is open to all sailors so come join us. We have a city-required cap of 88 boats and registration is first come, first served. The series begins with one design racing on Friday followed by tour-of-the-bay courses on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend’s festivities kick off bright and early Friday morning with a fun tradition: a long line of happy people beginning at sun up outside Irish Boat Shop to purchase the 2017 Ugotta Regatta t-shirt. Each year, the shirt design changes and with a limited production, the lines begin early to score a coveted shirt.
Friday night finds a Welcome to Harbor Springs Celebration at the Irish Boat Shop for racers only.
On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Club hosts the Little Traverse Sailors Pancake Breakfast. Open to the public and racers, the Pancake Breakfast is a delicious way for the boat teams to quickly fuel up before getting on the water. One highlight of the breakfast: the young sailors flip less-than-perfect pancakes over their shoulders to land on the roof of the sail shed behind them.
LTYC hosts parties at the Yacht Club both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for Regatta participants. With approximately 88 sailboats participating in the Regatta, the event brings to Harbor Springs hundreds of crew members and their families. Race watchers either head out onto the water in power boats or watch from the Petoskey State Park or Petoskey’s Sunset Park.