With over 100 race-days throughout the year, Kaneohe Yacht Club is Hawaii’s most active racing venue. Sailing conditions at KYC are characterized by world famous trade winds, flat water, and blue skies.
Kaneohe Yacht Club plays host to a full spectrum of competitive and fun-spirited racing events that appeal to every breed of sailor. Our one-design and handicap fleets, including yachts, keelboats, skiffs and dinghies, are raced year-round inside the protected waters of the bay. The Offshore Racing Fleet ventures outside the bay on long distance races to destinations such as Molokai and Waimea Bay. The club holds 5 State Championship Regattas and hosts several world-class events. These national events have included the Pacific Cup, the Pac-Rim Regatta, and the Moth Worlds.
Classboat racing at KYC currently comprises of two fleets: Cal-20's and I-14's. The classboat season starts in February and continues throughout the year through November. Some special days for racing are state championships and "wahine" regattas.
INSHORE RACING FLEET
All IRF races start at 12:00, finish approximately 15:00 - 16:00, race in the areas between Kaneohe Yacht Club, Coconut Island and the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station. For safety boats we have a pontoon boat called the 'Float Boat' and Pop Gillette. Scoring is by PHRF rating. There are J-24, J-80, Melges 24, in addition to other boats that join the racing. There are four series each year.
OFFSHORE RACING FLEET
The ORF sails point to point races to locations offshore such as the west end of Molokai and Waimea Bay as well as the recently popular shorthanded races in and around the bay on handicapped basis. Some popular events are the Kauai Channel Race and coveted Kalakaua Cup. (Learn More)
Every season our Junior sailors participate in a large number of sailing events. These include regular Hawaii Youth Sailing Association regattas, El Toro Friday night races, the Bullship event, El Toro State Championships, Hawaii Laser Association regattas, and a number of other fun regattas. Our younger sailors start off racing O'Pen Bics and El Toros. As they get older many of these sailors move on to race lasers, 420s or a variety of high performance boats.
Some our junior sailors compete annually in national and international junior sailing competitions. We also have a number of junior sailors go on to compete successfully on ILH high school teams, and a number college sailing teams across the country. We have even seen a few of our students go on to become world class and Olympic sailors. If you know a kid that would like to get involved in junior sailboat racing, please check out our sailing classes.
Kaneohe Yacht Club is the finish line host for the 2,070 nautical mile Pacific Cup. The Pacific Cup is a yacht race from San Francisco to Kaneohe Yacht Club. The race is run in even-numbered years by the Pacific Cup Yacht Club and others. This “Fun Race to Hawaii” has run for over 26 years with hundreds of boats from 24-foot to 140-foot yachts.
THURSDAY NIGHT BULKHEAD RACES
Kaneohe Yacht Club proudly hosts the weekly Thursday Night Bulkhead race. Throughout most of the year, this race starts at 6:00pm on Thursdays and tries to finish before sunset. This is a fun club race for all comers.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINGY RACES
Starting in late spring and throughout the summer are Friday Dinghy Races. The first start is at 18:00 and ends by 20:00, and there are 2-3 races each night.
At the end of the Friday Night Dinghy Series and the day after El Toro States, KYC hosts the annual Bullship race. Juniors are in the morning with adults in the afternoon. This fun race around Coconut Island hosts a fun after party with awards given to fastest sailors, women, as well as Tail-End Charlie, and most huli's (capsizes).