The Great Bay Race is one of several races that is open to the general public. Courses for the race vary from year to year but generally they begin between the HYC flagpole and marker #19. Racers then head south down the bay and return back to the yacht club for the finish. This is a pursuit race so every boat has their own start time and the first on to cross the finish line is the true winner.
Sailors interested in racing must attend the skippers meeting one hour before the scheduled race.