Sailboats from across the U.S. head to Harbor Springs each summer for one of the nation’s best-known sailing traditions: the LTYC “Ugotta” Regatta. Hosted by the Little Traverse Yacht Club, the Ugotta brings some of the best sailboat racers in the country to sail in one of the world’s best sailing venues in Little Traverse Bay. The Ugotta Regatta takes place annually the weekend following the second of the Mackinac Races (Port Huron-Mackinac, Chicago-Mackinac).
LTYC’s Ugotta Regatta is open to all boats 22ft and above so come join us: registration is first come, first served. The racing begins with one-design fleet racing on Friday followed by one-design and 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 line of happy people outside Irish Boat Shop waiting to purchase the coveted Ugotta Regatta t-shirt. Each year, the shirt design changes!
Friday night finds a Welcome to Harbor Springs celebration at the Irish Boat Shop.
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. The awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon is not to be missed!
The Ugotta Regatta brings to Harbor Springs hundreds of crew members and their families from across the midwest—and beyond. Race watchers either head out onto the water in power boats or watch from the Petoskey State Park or Petoskey’s Sunset Park.