Update: June 20, 2017
On July 13 something special will be taking place on Fishers Island. The Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race fleet of junior sailor will embark on Fishers following a distance race from Niantic Bay, CT. The group of 12-18-year-olds will be setting up camp for the night at the Fishers Island School.
The event has been receiving a ton of national recognition for a combination of reasons, one being that the regatta was one of two regattas in the world credited as a Platinum Regatta by Sailors For the Sea’s Clean Regattas. Aside from numerous efforts to be environmentally conscious, the regatta will be having all competitors spend an hour collecting waste on Fishers Island.
The regatta is also receiving much of its national notoriety from the deep pool of talent leading the event. From the high-level Head Regatta coaches, Ken Legler of Tufts University and John Faudree of Jacksonville, to the deep regatta management team with years of national and international level competition as well as event management. This will be a high-level race with 2 legs – Niantic to Fishers for leg 1 – and Fishers to Mystic Shipyard for leg 2.
July 13: 420 sailors depart Niantic on leg 1 to Fishers for Arrival around 3:00 pm at Fishers Island Yacht Club FIYC).
Sailors will enjoy a greeting party at the FIYC. At 6:00 pm the group will parade to the Pequot for dinner, dancing, with dessert provided by Toppers.
At 9:00 pm the sailors will be moved from the Pequot by volunteer drivers as well as the School’s bus and van to School for the campout. We will have all night security at the school as well as numerous chaperones.
July 14: Sailors will be picked up at the Fishers Island Ferry District dock by Popeye Charters and delivered from Silver Eel Cove to FIYC for breakfast, and will then head off for the start of leg 2.
For more information on the race, a list of sponsors, as well as links to the articles on the race, please visit
Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race
Fishers Island Stop Over Coordinator
Fishers Island Yacht Club
Fishers Island, NY 06390
Life beyond windward-leeward racing
Published on March 2, 2017
In a society of overly scheduled and structured youth events, a group in Connecticut is pushing back on what an event is supposed to be. A year ago they tasked members 30+ youth Club 420 teams with preparing homework, attending meetings and studying course instructions to help them navigate the 10-mile course around Fishers Island at the eastern end of Long Island Sound.
But the bar has been raised in 2017. In just its third year, the SECOR Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race is giving young sailors between the ages of 12 and 18 a racing experience normally reserved for world-class skippers.
The 2017 edition begins on Thursday, July 13th at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club (Niantic, CT). The fleet will race to the Fishers Island Yacht Club (Fishers Island, NY) where the teams will then set up camp for the night. Friday morning they dust off and head up the river for an epic finish at the Mystic Shipyard (Mystic, CT). Total distance: almost 20 miles.
The race has been modeled to be a one of a kind youth race that closely resembles the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race. Just like the big boys, the race comes complete with live-streaming video footage shot by drones, online access to real-time GPS race tracking, on board reporters competing for a new WASP action cameras, a VIP spectators boat and, of course, top-notch sailing.
Who knows, kids may even discover there is life beyond windward-leeward races.
For more information, please go to https://www.secorvolvorace.com.
Registration opened March 21, 2017