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Annual Regattas

  • Michigan City Night Race
    • The Michigan City Night Race is the oldest, continuous freshwater sailing race in the world. The 65 mile night race serves as good preparation for watches and night sailing during the Race to Mackinac. 

  • Columbia Cup Regatta
  • Leukemia Cup Regatta
    • The Leukemia Cup Regatta weekend takes place at the end of August each year at Columbia Yacht Club. Festivities kick off on Friday night with the gala Red Sky Night Dinner and Auction. Saturday is race day, followed by the post-Regatta dock party.


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      The Regatta usually begins in the early afternoon, with both racers and cruisers encouraged to participate. To keep the competition interesting, the committee organizes two race circles, PHRF and Jib and Main. The race coordinator and crew run a tight race, and great care is taken in making section assignments. The top three winners in each section are awarded Brag Flags to proudly display at the dock.

      Immediately following the race, the party starts on the Columbia dock. Everyone joins in for what has become a true highlight of the summer. The docks are packed with rafted boats, friends meet and mingle, awards are handed out and a pig roasts under the summer sun. What could be better?!

      Raise Your Hat for $500

      Fundraising is easy and doesn't have to be time-consuming. Ask just 20 friends to donate $25 each and, just like that, you've raised $500 in the fight against blood cancers AND earned yourself fantastic swag, like this year's Leukemia Cup Regatta Gosling's hat. Pool your fundraising dollars with fellow crew members or fundraise individually - it's your choice. Everyone who registers as a participant receives a comprehensive fundraising packet filled with incentives, event ideas and sample letters. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will even help you set up your very own online fundraising website, because fundraising online is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make an impact. Top fundraisers qualify for great prizes, including a trip for two to the annual Fantasy Sail with Gary Jobson in the fall. Complete incentive details are available at the Society website at www.leukemiacup.org/il

      Columbia Yacht Club has been honored to host the Red Sky Night and Leukemia Cup Regatta for the past four years and we look forward to an even more spectacular weekend of festivities this year. Efforts by our local sailors have raised more than $2 million, placing Chicago's Leukemia Cup Regatta among the top fundraisers in the country. With your help, we can be the number-one fundraiser in the country THIS year. So take a minute, register to participate and be a part of one of Columbia's most rewarding - and FUN - events of the year!

  • Chicago to St. Joe
    • Leg one of the Tri-State or Bi-State starts at Columbia Yacht Club and ends at Saint Joseph River Yacht Club.

      The Tri-State is a 3-leg race held over Labor Day Weekend. Chicago to St. Joseph, MI is the first leg of the race. More than 100 boats depart on the 50.5 NM journey across the lake on Friday night. Saturday is a day of rest in St. Joseph with the Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament and live entertainment at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club. On Sunday morning, racers choose to continue to Michigan City, IN as part of the traditional Tri-State or head back to Chicago for the Bi-State.