The Around Long Island Regatta, first run in 1977, covers a 190 nautical mile course combining Ocean and Coastal racing. Open to all sailboats 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. This unique race is for everyone. There are crews of weekend cruisers, serious blue-water competitors, double-handers, and even a junior division. Racing yachtsmen earn points for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy and other IRC distance trophies.
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 Rockaways, 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 here 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. Trophies are awarded for the first three finishers in each division, with many additional trophies for various categories. There will also be music, good food and drink, and great racing tales, some of which might even be true.