The Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club consists of a group of sailors who have joined together to enjoy and promote sailing and sailboat racing in the Buffalo area. The club's main focus is our racing program, which is the largest, and we think, one of the best in the area. The club also sponsors various seminars, speakers, and other educational activities to promote sailing and sailboat racing, and to enhance public awareness and knowledge of these activities.
The centerpiece of the club's racing program are our Wednesday night races. Three series of 5 races each are run between late May and early September. Trophies are awarded for each series as well as for the yearly series winners. These races routinely draw upwards of 100 boats each Wednesday. Presently we have 11 classes racing Wednesday nights: 5 spinnaker classes racing under PHRF-LE, a J-27 class racing one-design, and 5 main and jib classes racing under modified PHRF handicaps.
The club also sponsors parallel Tuesday night series, known as the China Light races, for majority women crews (women must out number men and the helmsperson must be a woman) to encourage women to become actively involved in the sport of sailing. The China Light races typically draw 15 to 20 boats racing a 3 classes, one spinnaker, and two main and jib classes.
The club sponsors three regattas, the Ice Breaker, which is usually held the first Saturday in June, our main club regatta, the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club Regatta, usually held the second weekend in July, and the Last Chance Regatta, usually held the third Saturday in September. In 1999 we added the BHSC Challenge Cup, as a part of the July Regatta, which must be won by a challenging yacht club or sailing clubs' team from the holder of the cup, presently the Buffalo Yacht Club. The club also sponsors a series of single-handed and a series of double-handed races, a series of fun races that extends the Wednesday night races through September, as long as the weather and the daylight permit, and the Adam and Eve race, which can be experienced but never described .