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

This Year’s Admiral Byrd Regatta is Canceled

We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control, we must cancel the 2023 Admiral Byrd Regatta. We look forward to hosting this race again in 2024.

Byrd Regatta 2021

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.

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