Admiral Byrd Regatta
Our Flagship Regatta
Famed explorer Admiral Richard Byrd often visited Cambridge while procuring supplies for his expeditions. In the winter of 1946, CYC members planned an East Coast Championship race for Hamptons, and they invited Admiral Byrd to present the trophy at the inaugural race in 1947.
The Admiral arrived via seaplane, stepped onto a Hampton that went out to meet him, and sailed back to the club for the festivities. He presented the trophy three times between 1947 and 1950.
CYC hosted regattas annually through the late 1990s, and CYC resumed racing in 2016 with multiple classes of boats. The 2019 Admiral Byrd Regatta celebrated the namesake explorer’s spirit with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon.
Admiral Byrd presents the trophy at the first Byrd Regatta
Pat Seidel (l) presents the Hampton Cup to Commodore Jon Ingersoll on December 6, 2019. Mr. Seidel commissioned the cup as a permanent trophy for future regattas.
Racing on the Choptank
“Admiral Byrd” presents the cup to the winner of the 2019 Admiral Byrd Regatta
Photo by Cameron Smith
Admiral Byrd Regatta – October 7, 2023
This year’s Admiral Byrd Regatta is on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Early Fall is the best time for sailing on the Choptank, and will have races for one-design boats (Shields, Flying Scots, Penguins, and Hamptons) and handicapped races for all other sailboats.
2021 Admiral Byrd Regatta
Tropical Storm Ian rained out the 2022 Byrd Regatta, but we still have fond memories of the 2021 Regatta. Click below to see the highlights of a great weekend on the water.
Choptank tides from TidesPro.com