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52nd Lawrence I. Clarke Memorial 'Round Gardiner's Island Race

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

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For over fifty years the Devon Yacht Club has hosted the Lawrence I. Clarke Memorial ‘Round Gardiner’s Island Race.

Established at the end of the era of Sparkman and Stephens designed wooden boats with cloth sails the ‘RGIR has evolved to include a range of sailboats from the traditional to the most advanced with carbon fiber masts and composite sails. No matter the design the race is one of the most popular on the east end of Long Island.
The course, approximately 24 miles long, affords the competitors every point of sail and varying conditions.

Devon has a long and illustrious history of promoting the technology of sailing and racing. In the late 60s Commodore Lawrence I. Clark, identifying the evolution of our sport, established the ‘RGIR to promote sailing, racing, and bringing together the best sailors in the area for competition.

Over the years we have strived to continuously improve the event with expanded participation and  post-race festivities. Held on the DYC beach, all participants and members are invited to enjoy our beach, the atmosphere, music, and BBQ sponsored as in the past by Regatta Craft Mixers. This year we will continue our post-race traditions with fully compliant outdoor dining and social distancing.  We will shorten the race if wind conditions dictate so that most competitors arrive back on shore early enough to enjoy the festivities.

Over fifty years later our mission is the same, sailing, competition, and camaraderie.
We look forward to hosting the 2021 ‘RGIR and hope everyone will join us on August 28th, 2021.

Entry to the 52nd ‘RGIR is via yacht scoring @

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Date: Friday, August 27th
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Devon Yacht Club
Letter to Competitors:

The Devon Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the 51st ‘Round Gardiner’s Island Race will go off as scheduled on August 29th at 10 a.m.  In these unsettling times Devon has taken the pandemic, the health of our sailors and RC very seriously and we are making the following adjustments to ensure a safe and fun event.

The skippers meeting will occur as a Zoom call on Friday 28th at 5:30 pm and all correspondence, entry, scratch sheets and announcements will be via Yacht Scoring.  Moorings and dockage will not be available, and alas no Awards Beach Party due to restrictions on group events.   Trophies will be delivered to winners at a later time.  The RC is prepared to shorten the course should light wind conditions necessitate that, and they are committed to bringing you a safe, healthy, and competitive race. Due to the lack of a party in 2020 the race will end at N6.

Regatta Craft Mixers and Goslings Rum have returned as sponsors for 2020 and we are making up crew bags for all sailors.

This year’s race will be a bit different than past races but what makes the ‘RGIR great will remain the same, the competition, the tradition, the beauty of Gardiner’s Bay, strong sponsorship and the camaraderie of the sailors.

We understand participating during the virus is a personal decision; you have our commitment that we are continually monitoring the best advice from the state, CDC, US Sailing, and County to host a safe and fun event.  If you have any questions please email us @

We hope to see you on the line on August 29th.
To enter the 51st: .
- The ‘RGIR Committee