Charlevoix Yacht Club - Charlevoix, Michigan

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The Red Fox Regatta traces its origins to 1970. Initially designed as a social event, Boyne City Yacht Club members sailed their boats to a rendezvous point in Horton Bay on Lake Charlevoix. Rafting there on the hook, their purpose was dinner and libations at the then famous Red Fox Inn known for its delectable chicken dinners. Camaraderie being a central theme of sailors everywhere, Boyne City sailors invited members of the fledgling Charlevoix Yacht Club to join them at the Inn. Sailors being naturally competitive on the water, this soon turned the sail to Horton Bay into a race. During the '70s, more boats joined and the event became more formal: a race committee was formed, start and finish lines set, results were scored and awards were given. With the closing of the Red Fox Inn, the tradition continued with the race beginning around the Charlevoix buoys, followed by a series in Horton Bay, and finishing with a series of buoys near Boyne City... then reversing the following day. CYC's Red Fox Regatta is now a Labor Day tradition for sailors from all over the Great Lakes with support from their fellow sailors at Boyne City Yacht Club, Grand Traverse Yacht Club of Traverse City, and Little Traverse Yacht Club of Harbor Springs.

Why do the Red Fox...

Nearly one hundred 20' to 70'+ keelboats and cats to share two days of great racing with you and your crew
Awesome venue - beautiful Lake Charlevoix
Daily and overall Awards in many one design, JAM and PHRF classes
Great party, meal, beer and rum on the shores of Lake Charlevoix
Fun destination with free docking/rafting in Boyne City
Well-organized race and race committee including a US SAILING Judge
A 21-mile course each day with lots of variety
Super Friday night around the buoys warm up Nucore Triangle Race
Very cool regatta apparel - new design every year!
Part of the LMSRF/PHRF and Melges 24 Championships
Nothing could possibly be more fun on Labor Day Weekend!

What they say about the Red Fox...

"I love the Red Fox. It is a well run racing event that is fun for the entire family. It presents new challenges since you are racing on inland waters in a point to point/windward/leeward/reach configuration. Any owner, skipper or crew will enjoy and love the competitive nature of the event. Further, there is no better party than one that ends with Mount Gay Rum, fresh corn on the cob and a great game of croquet."
~ Dave Gerber

"The water is clear, blue and gorgeous, the shoreline is lush and green, the wind usually blows, and there's not enough fetch for any real waves to build. Red Fox's timing at the end of August means that lots of families make a little vacation out of it, and there's not a lot of drama. It's also a lot of people's last chance to hang with friends that they may not see until next spring. Even cooler is the fact that it's a real 'run what you brung' event -- the biggest boat this year (2006) was a 70' sled, the smallest a Nacra 5.8 cat."
~ Mr. Clean - Sailing Anarchy

"Red Fox Regatta is one of those hidden gems that are scattered about North America that demonstrates the true reason we love this sport, it's the people!!"
~ Alan Barnes