LYRA 2020 heads to Sodus Bay

LYRA Raceweek

Feb 13, 2020

From July 26 to August 2, 2020 the Sodus Bay Yacht Club is hosting the historic Lake Yacht Racing Association 135st Annual Regatta. This will be the 12th time that SBYC has hosted this prestige Regatta with racers from all around Lake Ontario, Eastern Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, and the St Lawrence Seaway.

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The week begins with the Founders Cup East from Oswego Yacht Club to Sodus Bay on July 26th. Followed by the Centennial Cup from Youngstown Yacht Club to Rochester on July 27th. Then the Founders Cup West from Genesee Yacht Club to Sodus Bay on July 28th. The long distance Freeman Cup races with its many beautiful perpetual trophies will be on July 29th. The week wraps up with course racing on July 31st, August 1st and August 2nd. The event includes competitive pricing for small One Design Fleets and the addition of a fourth circle in Great Sodus Bay for these fleets to compete in the protected waters of the bay.

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Official regatta information can be found here.

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