One Design Fleets at LYC

Larchmont Yacht Club has nine active One Design Fleets, including the Junior fleets,
participating in various Fleet and club events on Long Island Sound and around the country.


Larchmont Yacht Club is the home of Shields Fleet One.  The Fleet is the largest keel boat class at Larchmont.  Cornelius Shields was a member of Larchmont when he commissioned Sparkman & Stephens to design the new One Design class.  The boat has lines that Olin Stephens himself describes as "almost too sweet".
Shields race in the YRALIS's weekly racing, which starts off Mamaroneck equidistant between LYC and American Yacht Club.  If you are interested in racing a Shields, please visit the Shields Fleet website and be sure and contact Shields Fleet Captain Douglas Millar at

Vanguard 15

Larchmont Yacht Club is home to the largest Vanguard 15 fleet in the country with over 60 boats racing locally. The boat's light weight and simple design appeals to the numerous parent/child teams and beginning racers in the fleet, as well as our many former intercollegiate All Americans.

Sunday afternoons from mid May to early October features fleet racing with 10-20 boats on the line each day.  The Club hosted the Vanguard 15 National Championship in 2000 and 2008 and has also hosted the New England Championship and the United States Team Racing Championship in recent years. The Club hosts three Vanguard 15 regattas annually that are open to sailors from across the country: a spring regatta in mid June, a division at Larchmont Race Week in mid July, and a Team Race Invitational in early August. The fleet's sailors are known for their welcoming atmosphere and camaraderie and the Vanguard 15 program has been instrumental in introducing many new members to the Club. If you are interested in Vanguard 15s, please visit the fleet's website or feel free to contact Fleet Captains Mike O'Connor at or Todd Breeden.

Viper 640

LYC's newest one design class is the Viper 640. The fleet started in 2011, and is now the largest Viper 640 fleet in the world, and one of the largest sportboat fleets at any Club in the U.S. LYC hosted the 2015 Viper North American Championship, which was the largest regatta in class history. A Viper is 21 feet long and weighs only 750 pounds, with an efficient bulb keel, and carries nearly 700 square feet of sail downwind, including a large asymmetrical spinnaker on a carbon fiber sprit. The Viper is easy to sail with 2-4 people, quick to plane and is a strong light air performer. The calendar includes Saturday YRA racing, local events with other Viper fleets in Western Long Island Sound (where there are over 30 Vipers in total), and travel events in Marblehead, Newport, Charleston and Miami. For information or crewing opportunities, contact co-fleet captains Jennifer Potts at or Peter Beardsley at or check out the class website at


The Etchells is a big, fast, stable and exciting one design that can be sailed competitively by 3 or 4 sailors. Fleets are active throughout the world drawing many of sailing's best competitors. Etchells Fleet One was formed in 1969 and today fleet members sail out of Larchmont Yacht Club and American Yacht Club. We race a focused schedule of local races on Saturdays from Memorial Day until Columbus Day.

Come out and see why Dennis Connor has called this the best one design class in the world. For more information about the fleet or sailing/crewing opportunities please contact Fleet Captain Chris Marx at


Designed in 1919, The Herreshoff S-Class has been racing out of Larchmont YC since 1940. The 27.5' S-Class boat is a wooden classic...quick in light air, stiff in a breeze, and remarkably agile in response to her helm. The cockpit provides unusually ample working space for a one-design racer and is a very comfortable for day-sails with family and friends; it is moderately deep, comfortable, and relatively dry.
If desired, the cabin provides shelter from foul weather, storage and space for an outboard engine. For more information about this growing fleet, please visit or contact the fleet captain, William Simmons at .

Ideal 18

The Ideal 18 is a fun daysailer designed by Bruce Kirby. The boat was commissioned with Simplicity, Comfort, and Performance in mind. Whether you Team Race, Fleet Race, or just like to cruise, the Ideal 18 is everything you've ever wanted in a small keelboat. And a whole lot more. It's just the right size. Plenty of room for friends, yet easy to rig and sail by yourself! The main is easy to set and the roller-furling jib is self-tacking. The boat is also equiped with a powerful 245 sq. foot spinnaker for Fleet Racing.
The Ideal 18 program at LYC includes: adult learn to sail programs, ladies sailing, sailing clinics, parent-child programs, Team Racing programs and much more.
For more information visit the Club's Ideal 18 Webpage or contact the LYC Sailing office.

Larchmont Yacht Club Model Sailing

LMYC Sailors skipper their radio controlled models from the dock.  The model of boat sailed is the CR-914. More information is available on our Club's Model Sailing LMYC webpage.

For more information, please visit the CR 914 Class website or contact LMYC Buttons Padin.

Crew Bank

The Yachting Committee is coordinating an effort to have a centralized database for anyone looking for a crew or looking for a berth. For more information please contact:
Nicky Souter, Waterfront Programs Director
Hobie Ponting, Sailing Director