Sailboats from across the U.S. head to Harbor Springs each July for a summer tradition: the Little Traverse Yacht Club Regatta. Hosted by the LTYC, the Regatta brings together some of the best sailboat racing in the country on Little Traverse Bay and takes place the weekend following the second of the Mackinac Races (Port Huron to Mackinac or Chicago to Mackinac). LTYC’s Regatta is open to all sailors so come join us. We accept 88 boats (due to a city-sanctioned cap) so register early as registration is first come, first served.
This year’s 2017 Regatta begins with one design racing on Friday followed by a tour of the bay course 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 this year’s Regatta t-shirt. Each year, the shirt design changes and with a limited number produced, the lines begin early so that the shirts can be had.
Friday night finds a welcome to Harbor Springs celebration at the Irish Boat Shop for racers only. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Little Traverse Sailors host a pancake breakfast, open to the public, at the Yacht Club. One highlight of the breakfast: the 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 and this year again features Gosling’s Rum. 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.
Ugotta Regatta is a fun celebration on the gorgeous waters of Little Traverse Bay where some of the best sailing in the country just happens to be!