The Around Long Island Regatta, first run in 1977, covers a 190 nautical mile course combining Ocean and Coastal racing. Open to all sail boats 26 feet and larger, the race is designed for sailors at all levels, running in as many as 10 divisions, typically finishing in one to three days.
The race takes place annually toward the end of July, beginning on Thursday afternoon off Rockaway Point.
The ocean leg runs along Long Island's south shore from the Rockaway, Long Beach, Jones Beach, Fire Island, the Hamptons and on out to Montauk Point. Some boats choose the shortest distance, due east, hugging the shore, while others opt for deeper water in search of better wind. After rounding the point, boaters must judge wind, tide, and current as they head Northwest to Plum Gut where they enter Long Island Sound for the final leg of the race, reading the shifting winds and tides along the north shore of Long Island or the southern shore of Connecticut. The race ends in Hempstead Harbor at the Glen Cove breakwater.
The weekend concludes with the ALIR Awards Banquet and Beach Party, hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club on Sunday afternoon.
For many sailors, this race is a 'rite of passage' as it can be their first time sailing on the ocean. It may be a coastal race with the Long Island coast rarely more than a few miles away, but the ocean swells and waves have caused many a boat to drop out over the years either from crew seasickness or battered boats.
Call SailAhead at (631) 831-8763 for more information on past and future events.
This year SailAhead will participate in the regatta on-board Hussar a Frers 55 owned by Army Major Jason Mull (thank you Jason!).
To find out more about this race please visit Around Long Island Race
SailAhead will be on Hussar (pictured above) a Frers 55 owned by Army Major Jason Mull - Thank you Jason and family!The who's who of our Off-Shore Racing Program:
Owner and Skipper of Hussar (Frers 55 - US32880)
Jason developed a passion for sailing while stationed in Guam with the USAF over twenty years ago. While there, he raced Lasers internationally out of the Marianas Yacht Club and got his first taste of offshore racing. Back on the East Coast, Jason could be found racing on the Long Island Sound and around Rhode Island on his Hobie 33.
Today Jason supports SailAhead’s commitment to Veterans by generously volunteering Hussar and his time.
Outside of sailing, Jason is an IT Security Executive at a foreign exchange bank in Manhattan. Jason is a Veteran of both the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars.
He continues to serve today as a Combat Engineer Officer in the NJ Army National Guard.
Advisor and SailAhead Race Director
Fran grew up off the shores of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in a family of avid sailors and boaters. He has experience racing sailboats of all classes and sizes from Sunfish and Lasers to offshore vessels. Fran graduated from Boston University in 2003 and subsequently served over 12 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret and Ranger in the Special Forces. He spent extensive time throughout Africa, The Middle East, and Europe serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple overseas contingency operations. He now lives in Manhattan, works in Wealth Management and Financial Services, while earning an MBA from NYU Stern.
"Sailing is one of the few events in life in which all your worries and fears are left on shore allowing one to focus on sailing fast!"
SailAhead Race Co-Director
Sailing became a lifelong passion for Matt while at University of Rhode Island. While at URI, he sailed everything from Lasers to J24s. Unwilling to go back to New Jersey without a boat, Matt restored a dis-masted Catalina while in college. More recently, he has spent the last few years racing aboard various boats throughout the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. When not out racing, Matt can usually be found fixing and cruising his C&C. He is eager to share his passion for sailing with a great cause.
Outside of sailing, Matt is coastal engineer.