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2018 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex

2018 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex

July 16 to 21
Newport, Rhode Island

Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex was created in 1998 by merging two popular events hosted by New York Yacht Club and Rolex: the IMS National Championships and the One-Design Championship Regatta. It was designed to give sailors the opportunity to compete in handicap-rated fleet racing during the first part of the event and one-design class racing during the latter part, and in subsequent years, the event has included the incorporation of significant events into its structure, having doubled as the Rolex IMS World Championship in 2000, the Sparkman & Stephens 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2004, Olin Stephens’s 100th birthday in 2008, and the Rolex US-IRC National Championship in 2010.

This biennial race week is now in its 11th running, and has become a favorite of sailors due to the spectacular sailing conditions, unparalleled onshore hospitality and the great race management provided by the Club's all-volunteer race committee. While previous editions have featured two parts, this year all competing yachts will race at the same time with racing running from Wednesday, July 18, to Saturday, July 21, when the regatta will close with the Rolex Awards Banquet for all competitors and their guests.

True race weeks are a rarity in today's time-crunched world and the Club is proud to keep that traditional alive with six days of racing and activities. Different course configurations and sailing areas, such as buoy racing and mid-distance courses, will make the week lively for competitors, while the Stadium Sailing will allow spectators to watch the racing from Fort Adams.

Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex - Accordion


The Sailing Office will be using TextCaster, a push notification service, to send competitors vital regatta information, including postponement announcements. Competitors will also receive text alerts any time the National Weather Service issues a relevant warning for Newport County. The sign-up link for these alerts will be included in the competitor waiver and can also be found by clicking  here.

RACE WEEK AT NEWPORT RACE DOCUMENTS (Links will become live as documents are finalized)

Day Date Time Event
Monday July 16 1500-1800 Registration - NYYC Sailing Center
Tuesday July 17 100-1800 Registration - NYYC Sailing Center
    1200-1600 Clinic & Practice Racing
    1800 Opening Reception
Wednesday    July 18   0800-0900 Registration - NYYC Sailing Center
    1100 First Warning Signal
    1700-1900 Hospitality Villa 
      Registration - NYYC Sailing Center
Thursday July 19 0800-0900 Registration - NYYC Sailing Cetner
    1100 First Warning Signal
    1700-1900 Hospitality Villa
Friday July 20 0800-0900 Registration - NYYC Sailing Center
    1100 First Warning Signal
    1700-1900 Hospitality Villa
Saturday July 21 1100 First Warning Signal
    1800 Cocktails
    1900 Rolex Awards Dinner

  • Rolex Awards Dinner Reservation Form
  • Please use this link to obtain a guest card for dining at Harbour Court during the regatta.

  • Newport Area Logistics (housing, transportation, marinas, service, etc.)
  • Newport Area Activities (cultural, beaches, sports, museums, mansions, walks, etc.)
  • Newport Area Events (Newport events happening during race week)
  • Discover Newport

Renowned sailing weather expert Chris Bedford is providing daily forecasts for participants of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex.